REAL-TIME ACCESS TO EXPERTISE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
“The hospital Staff Development Department is often solicited for arranging prevention, treatment and wellness sessions, whether it be for instance on autism which affects a large part of the population in Northern New Brunswick, breastfeeding, or bereavement support for families. We are much in favour of holding such conferences for the community but it is difficult for us to do so because we do not have the necessary space and equipment.
“Just recently I was approached by someone from a community organization to receive a well-known speaker from another province who develops wellness strategies. Since our capacity is currently very limited and we barely manage to offer training to our staff, we have to rent rooms outside the hospital, in a hotel for instance, which is expensive and less than ideal.
“With its 130 seats, the new auditorium will triple our seating capacity for doctor and hospital staff training, as well as allow us to offer services to the community as part of Vitalité Health Network’s prevention strategy. The auditorium’s increased capacity and multiple purpose aspect will help to reduce the number of repeat sessions, improve knowledge, meet training standards required, promote the development of expertise, and better serve the community.
“In a context where knowledge is exploding and becoming obsolete more quickly, it is also essential to use state-of-the-art technologies to communicate it. New equipment such as video, webinars, and videoconferences will make it possible to offer various types of training in other health facilities in the province, in addition to giving real time access to expertise from all over the world.”
DANIEL PERRON STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND MEDICAL LIBRARY MANAGER, CHALEUR REGIONAL HOSPITAL, VITALITÉ HEALTH NETWORK