Posted on Wednesday January 18, 2017
By Judi Bobbitt, Judi Bobbitt Media Services
Lakeridge Health Oshawa has a leading-edge research and training facility unmatched anywhere else in Ontario in its LHEARN Centre (Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network).
Officially opened in 2014, the $7-million facility occupies 25,000 square feet and is used for training and education, meetings, research and innovation. The LHEARN Centre features six high-tech patient simulators that can breathe, talk and experience medical emergencies, used in training future health care providers. High-fidelity simulation labs create realistic medical scenarios, and a SimView system records and plays back simulations to improve the learning experience.
More than 1,600 students a year access the LHEARN Centre, which includes a health sciences library with online journals and e-books. A 215-seat auditorium for lectures is equipped with HD videoconferencing through the Ontario Telemedicine Network, and is rented by outside organizations including the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, (UOIT), which holds classes there. The LHEARN Centre hosts 7,000 events a year, including academic classes, presentations, forums and meetings. Staff at other Lakeridge sites can join meetings at the LHEARN Centre through Skype. Medical specialists offer weekly lunchtime presentations to staff on a variety of topics, such as palliative care or infections, through a ‘Research In Motion’ lecture series. Lakeridge Health has partnered with more than 80 post-secondary institutions that benefit from the LHEARN Centre, including Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, UOIT and Durham College.
“It’s highly utilized,” says Lakeridge Health director of business development Len Kleine, who oversees the LHEARN Centre. Other hospitals don’t have the physical space to create such a facility, he says, adding it was “visionary” for Lakeridge Health officials to set aside that space in the basement level of the Oshawa site during renovations years ago.