FVRHD Donates $370,250 to the Simulation Lab

June 27, 2017

On Tuesday, June 27th members of the Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District (FVRHD) made a significant donation to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF), the official charity of Abbotsford Regional Hospital. The gift was made in support of a new regional Simulation Lab that will be situated in the Learning Centre of the Hospital.

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, the FVRHD donated $370,250 to help get the Program off the ground.

The Lab has been the passion project of the Abbotsford Simulation Group (ASG). They are a multidisciplinary group led by Emergency Physicians, Nurses and Respiratory therapists, committed to Education and Patient Safety. They have identified the need for advanced supplementary training to help ensure that our communities in the Fraser Valley continue to receive top-level medical care. The new Simulation Lab will be a state-of-the-art regional education centre.

Studies have shown that simulation-based education produces better outcomes than other teaching methods. This cutting edge technology improves procedural success and helps prevent medical errors.
“Hospital’s around the world have to ensure that staff have the tools and training they need to work together and collaborate as teams. The new simulation lab here in Abbotsford will include state of the art equipment and help attract staff and physicians to our region,” said Dr. Michael Yatscoff, Emergency Physician and Program Lead, ASG.

In the Simulation Lab, participants will train using computerized mannequins that simulate real-life scenarios. This means medical staff can work through critical, emergency events in a safe and controlled environment without fear of compromising patient safety.

Although the Simulation Lab will begin operations in March 2018, help is still needed in order to complete the project. “The Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District supported the Simulation Lab because we believe in the importance of ongoing training and education in order to provide the best medical care,” said Mayor Henry Braun, Chair FVRHD. “We still need backing from the public to raise the last $100,000 and operate the program to its full potential.”

“We are so grateful to the FVRHD for their phenomenal support of the Simulation Lab. We would like to give a big “thank you” to everyone who has supported the campaign and implore the public to help us reach our $500,000 goal!” said Liz Harris, Executive Director FVHCF.