The new simulation lab at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital is attracting eager-to-learn physicians.
The Karol Maschmeyer Practice Readiness Centre opened last December and is part of a provincial simulation program that will attract trainees to the Fort.
“It’s unique that you have a site that pretty much the education team and leadership team is very competent in using the equipment and having it build in the hospital, that really provides that culture of lets practice together,” said Alberta Health Services simulation consultant Kristen Simard.
The Fort’s simulation lab is one of just three in the Edmonton area, offering a safe learning environment for staff.
“It is intended to help staff train. Typically in health care we go into these critical situations or have declining patient that needs additional care and what this provides is an opportunity for staff to practice what to do in those scenarios using equipment, practice effective communication and teamwork and really flush out what went well and any improvements,” said Simard.
Right now just the staff at the Fort hospital use the simulation lab, but Simard expects people in northern Alberta to access the site. There is interest from emergency physicians wanting to bring residents to use the site as well.
“It takes health care from already being great, to even just the next level all together,” she added.
The lab cost a total of $750,000, which was covered by the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation and included a $20,000 donation from Karol Maschmeyer's husband, Dennis.
The upcoming Care from the Heart Day Radiothon on Mar.8, will raise money for the practice readiness centre.

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