Simulating Scenarios for Better Patient Care
On Thursday, June 22, Children’s Health Foundation celebrated gifts from two incredible donors at the opening of the Michael Gunning Simulation Centre. The centre is named in honour of the late Michael Gunning, who left a legacy gift of $1.125,000. A significant gift of $50,000 was also given by McKenzie Lake Lawyers LLP. The centre’s de-briefing room has been named in recognition of the generous donation.
“Children’s Health Foundation is grateful for the generosity of the late Michael Gunning and McKenzie Lake Lawyers who have shown their dedication to ensuring the very best care for children and their families,” shared Scott Fortnum, President and CEO of Children’s Health Foundation. “We are proud to share and recognize their leadership with our community today.”
The Michael Gunning Simulation Centre offers physician teams and nursing groups at London Health Sciences Centre a state-of-the-art space for simulation training to enhance their ability to resuscitate, stabilize, and elevate the short and long-term care outcomes of paediatric patients. Simulation uses a team approach, focusing not only on tasks and skills, but more importantly on team communication and dynamics, ultimately preparing our teams to better care for our patients and their families.
When a patient is in a critical state, time is of the essence. Not only is it important for the health care team to feel confident in their skills and ability, but they must communicate and work together effectively to ensure the best outcomes for the patient. Through simulation training, the mobile teaching program and the award-winning paediatric transport team, children and families all across Southwestern Ontario and parts of Northern Ontario will benefit from this important initiative.
Thank you to the estate of Michael Gunning, and to McKenzie Lake, for your incredible support of children’s health care. You are truly making a positive difference in the lives of thousands across our region.