SLMHC and Confederation College Celebrate Opening of Simulation Training Lab

Nursing students in the region can now train using the latest in simulation equipment and techniques in the new Maamawi gigendaasowin (all together, we are learning/increasing our knowledge) Skills Lab at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Designed as a real-life hospital setting, health care workers learn in these lab experiences that simulate common health care scenarios, like giving birth, for example. This practical learning environment supports the academic teaching and gives students additional practical skills when they enter field placements as well as hospital settings upon graduation.

Members from both faculties and administration were on hand today for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

“This Maamawi gigendaasowin Skills Lab and equipment will provide our students and staff enhanced learning opportunities. The education of home grown health care professionals is vital to retaining these professions in the north,” said Mrs. Barb Linkewich, Vice President of Health Services, Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

Currently Confederation College and Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Hospital are delivering programs in Practical Nursing as well as the Bachelor of Science and Nursing in conjunction with Lakehead University.

“Improved education and health care delivery in northwestern Ontario was always a key directive of the Regional Education Alliance for Community Health (REACH) building,” said Kathleen Lynch, Dean of the School of Health and Community Services. “The ability to apply classroom learning in a simulated lab setting is vitally important to our students.”

For More Information

Kathleen Lynch, Dean of School of Health and Community Services,
Confederation College
Phone: (807) 473-3825

Mrs. Barb Linkewich, VP Health Services,
Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
Phone: (807) 737-6539

Confederation College has been serving the citizens of Northwestern Ontario since 1967 meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of some 550,000 square kilometres. Confederation College has nine sites located in Thunder Bay, Dryden, Fort Frances, Geraldton, Kenora, Marathon, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake and Wawa.

Confederation College delivers exceptional education and training to an average of 11,400 combined full and part time students per year and currently has a total of 600 full and part time employees. Confederation’s regional economic impact and contribution is valued at $ 800 million annually.

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Centre “Working hand in hand with our communities to build a healthier future”