The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation (FVHCF) held the official opening of a new simulation lab at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on April 26.
The lab was a grassroots effort which began with local physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists.
These individuals identified a need for simulation in this region and formed a committee.
The Abbotsford Simulation Group (ASG) spent countless volunteer hours building a business plan and creating an effective space for education.
The ASG worked closely with the FVHCF and Fraser Health to make the program a reality.
FVHCF raised approximately $450,000 for the new space, which allowed the group to purchase state-of-the-art simulation mannequins and the technology and accessories necessary for a functional lab.
City councillors, Fraser Health executive, physicians and hospital staff attended the ribbon cutting and received a tour of the new lab, called Abbotsford Regional Centre for Health Education and Simulation (ARCHES).
The foundation unveiled a recognition board commemorating the fundraising and volunteer efforts of those involved.
To support ARCHES, contact Jessica Boldt at 604-851-4890 or visit fvhcf.ca.