Dr. Pete Wauthy explains the functionality of “SimMan 3G” to Mission councillor Pam Alexis.

Dr. Pete Wauthy explains the functionality of “SimMan 3G” to Mission councillor Pam Alexis.

New simulation lab opens at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Facility includes state-0f-the-art technology and equipment

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.