New education and research centre to train the best and brightest in healthcare. Access to highly-trained medical professionals, shorter hospital wait times, and excellent care for your loved ones are just a few of the benefits Lakeridge Health’s new LHEARN (Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network) Centre offer. On hand to celebrate the grand opening of the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN) Centre, from left to right, are Lakeridge Health President Kevin Empey; Queen’s University Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick; Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and CEO, The Regional Municipality of Durham; Oshawa MP Colin Carrie; Stephanie Ball, Chair, The Oshawa Hospital Foundation’s Board of Directors and Oshawa’s Mayor John Henry.
The $6.6 million centre, which consists of a 210-seat lecture hall, classrooms, conference rooms, a health sciences library, research support space and simulation labs, opened its doors on September 14th allowing Lakeridge Health and Queen’s University to collaboratively train the next generation of Durham Region’s health care practitioners.
“Lakeridge Health has a strong commitment to providing the best care for our patients,” says Kevin Empey, President and CEO, Lakeridge Health. “The LHEARN Centre equips us with the ability to focus on the long- and short-term medical needs of Durham Region. We will now be able to bring the benefits of research and education to the bedside of our patients, while simultaneously allowing us to deliver quality training, education and research opportunities to students and staff.”
The completed, state-of-the-art LHEARN Centre spans approximately 19,500 square feet and is located in the North Wing of Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Funded in part through a $1 million contribution from Queen’s University, the facility will be available for rent by the community and will also become the home for the new Lakeridge Health-based Queen’s University’s Family Medicine satellite training program in July 2012.
For more information, visit www.lakeridgehealth.on.ca.