New state-of-the-art learning centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre will enhance training and education

Funded by community donors, The Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre includes a dedicated clinical training area

Martin, Denise, and Charles Pick with Dr. Rardi van Heest at the official dedication of the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019. They toured the clinical training room, where a simulation of minimally invasive surgical training was demonstrated. (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)
Martin, Denise, and Charles Pick with Dr. Rardi van Heest at the official dedication of the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019. They toured the clinical training room, where a simulation of minimally invasive surgical training was demonstrated. (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)

With the official dedication of The Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre yesterday (May 14), the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) is well on the way to its goal of becoming a learning hospital.

The new 4,300-square-foot centre will support multidisciplinary healthcare training and education initiatives at the hospital, by offering a 100-person capacity area that can be converted into two smaller spaces, as well as a dedicated clinical training area with a wide range of state-of-the-art training tools and equipment in a simulated patient care environment.

It also comes equipped with sophisticated information technology tools and services for clinical and support service training at the hospital.

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The $3.1 million learning centre, which was originally approved by the hospital’s board of directors in early 2015, was funded by community donors to the PRHC Foundation.

In particular, the support of the Pick family through the Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation of Lindsay — which supports many local organizations — was essential to the foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Donors Martin and Denise Pick (left) watch a demonstration in the clinical training room at the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019 with nurse educator Christine Emrich (back to the camera), with  other community donors and PRHC staff.  (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)
Donors Martin and Denise Pick (left) watch a demonstration in the clinical training room at the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019 with nurse educator Christine Emrich (back to the camera), with other community donors and PRHC staff. (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)

“My father Otto Pick died from his third heart attack in 1959 at the age of 54,” said Martin Pick, a former PRHC Foundation board member and representative of the Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation, who attended the opening with his wife Denise and son Charles.

“In his short life, he and his amazing wife Marie laid the foundation for a seed enterprise that’s now a global presence in the industry. The last years of his life, however, lacked any quality. Had he lived today in the period of bypasses and stents, his life would likely have been much longer and a great deal more comfortable.”

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The learning centre has been named after Martin and Denise Pick, who chose to donate to the PRHC Foundation both to honour their parents and to demonstrate that advances and innovation at the hospital need the support of the community.

Dr. Rardi van Heest and Susan, Martin, and Charles Pick at the official dedication of the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019. Through the  Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation, the Pick family contributed to the $3.1 million cost of the learning centre, along with many other community donors. (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)
Dr. Rardi van Heest and Susan, Martin, and Charles Pick at the official dedication of the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on May 14, 2019. Through the Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation, the Pick family contributed to the $3.1 million cost of the learning centre, along with many other community donors. (Photo: Natasha Roulston / Peterborough Regional Health Centre)

“Your transformational support will enable the continuous learning that is essential to fostering innovation and excellence in patient care and help PRHC’s healthcare professionals reach their full potential,” said PRHC Foundation President and CEO Lesley Heighway, in thanking the Pick family for its support.

Heighway also thanked all the other many donors who contributed to the learning centre.

“Thanks to your generosity, our hospital’s most valuable asset — its doctors, nurses and staff — now have access to the space and technology they need to further develop their skills and deliver world-class care to patients from across our region,” she said.

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PRHC President and CEO Dr. Peter McLaughlin also thanked the Pick family and the other PRHC Foundation donors.

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre after years of planning, fundraising and construction,” he said.

“By supporting our staff with leading-edge educational space, technology and equipment, we continue to champion and promote the continuous growth and development of our people, ultimately improving the quality of care we provide for patients in Peterborough and across the region.”

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