Excavators are tearing through the asphalt, as work has started on the Learners’ Centre outside of the Emergency Department at Health Sciences North (HSN).
The 28,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility will serve as a training ground for future
doctors, nurses, lab technicians, paramedics and other health professionals.
Construction is expected to take 18 months, with plans to have the facility up and running by January 2020.
Inside the facility, more than 2,000 learners from more than 70 post secondary education institutions including Laurentian University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Cambrian College and Collège Boréal, will learn the latest in medical practices and technology in a brand new Simulation Lab.
“We are very proud of this next phase of advancing HSN’s academic mission and our standing as a destination of choice to learn, teach and practice health care,” said Dominic Giroux, HSN president and CEO in a news release.
“This is a solid investment in improving access to care, and leading to healthier communities.”
Dr. Rob Anderson, is the medical director of the Simulation Lab which will be relocated from the Sudbury Outpatient Centre on Regent Street to the new location at HSN.
Anderson said, “The new Learners’ Centre will bring all of our learners into one hub, closer to clinical activity. It means learners from all disciplines can work together to build confidence and problem solving skills to optimize real world outcomes.”
The construction of the Learners’ Centre is a $26-million investment. Through numerous fundraisers, donors, staff and volunteers raised the local share of $5.4 million for this project.