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HSN officially opens the Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre

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A brand new, world-class facility where future doctors, nurses, and healthcare professionals of Northern Ontario will train and learn has officially opened at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.

Hospital CEO, President Dominic Giroux says the Labelle Innovation and Learning Centre is a 28,000 square foot facility that will house more than 2,000 learners from 70 post-secondary institutions each year.

He adds this will have immediate and long-term benefits for patients of Northeastern Ontario with future doctors, nurses, and other health care workers training on some of the most medically advanced equipment before moving on to their professional careers.

Cambrian College President Bill Best adds the centre has been ten years in the making and is a collaboration between stakeholders and educational partners, including the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

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The centre is named after Cochrane’s Marcel and Frances Labelle, pioneers of Canadian Industry and owners of M. J. Labelle Company Limited who donated $5 million towards the project.

The Centre features a brand-new Simulation Lab that includes three sim suites, three debriefing rooms, a multi-skills lab and a classroom where learners train on the latest technology as they develop skills to care for patients. The Learners’ Centre also includes a learner lounge, two flexible classrooms that can accommodate up to 40 participants, two offices that learners can use as quiet study spaces, for meetings with their preceptors or to complete clinical work. There are 10 sleep rooms for learners to rest as per accreditation requirements and three additional offices for staff from the Academic and Research Impact division.

The total cost of the new Centre was $27.9 million, with $22,826,100 in funding announced in 2018 by the Ontario Ministry of Health.

In addition to the Labelle family’s naming gift of $5 million, HSN also wants to acknowledge the very generous support of Crosstown Chevrolet ($500,000), BMO Bank of Montreal ($400,000), TD Bank ($250,000), and all other donors which supported the initiative.

Group Photo
Row 1 (L-R)
Line Ferris, Postgraduate Medical Learner Advisor, HSN / Conseillère auprès des apprenants postdoctoraux en médecine
Anthony Keating, President & Chief Development Officer, HSN Foundation, HSN Volunteer Association, NEO Kids Foundation & Northern Cancer Foundation / Président et agent de développement principal des fondations et des groupes bénévoles
Dr. Greg Ross, Vice-President, Academic and Research Impact, HSN, HSNRI / Vice-président, Optimisation de l’enseignement et de la recherche
Row 2 (L-R)
Dominic Giroux, President and CEO, HSN / Président-directeur général
Suzanne Lortie-Carlyle, Manager, Simulation Lab, HSN / Gestionnaire, Laboratoire de simulation
Dr. Sarita Verma, Dean, President and CEO, Northern Ontario School of Medicine / Dre Sarita Verma, Doyenne et PDG de l’EMNO
Dr. John Fenton, Chief of Staff, HSN / Médecin-chef
Row 3
Marilyn Hamel, Undergraduate Medical Learner Advisor, HSN / Conseillère auprès des apprenants en médecine de premier cycle
Dr. Mary Catherine Kerr, Intensivist and Internal Medical Director of HSN Sim Lab / Dre Mary Catherine Kerr, intensiviste et directrice médicale interne au Laboratoire de simulation d’HSN
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