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New Building Heralds Health-Care Collaboration

The new Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) will be home to Dal’s 3,700 Medicine, Dentistry and Health Professions students.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil joined Dalhousie President Richard Florizone and others in December to celebrate the opening of a transformative new health education facility at Dal—one that promises to improve the state of patient care in Atlantic Canada by boosting opportunities for collaborative learning and research across the health sciences. The $38.5-million Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB) will enable the university’s 3,700 Medicine, Dentistry and Health Professions students to come together for an integrated learning experience designed to foster greater inter-professional collaboration.

Premier McNeil heralded the opening of the CHEB—made possible in part by $10 million in provincial funding—as a step forward for health education and care in the province. Dr. Florizone thanked the province and other donors—including the McCain Foundation and the Windsor Foundation—for their generosity, vision and support in making the project a reality.

The five-storey, 117,000-square foot facility is located at the corner of University Avenue and Summer Street. CHEB is packed with potential: the second floor features a mix of classrooms and seminar spaces where students from Dal’s many different schools and departments can come together to work in teams in a way they might on the job. The building’s third floor boasts several state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation labs designed to mimic realistic homecare, rehabilitation and hospital settings. Wired throughout with the latest IT and remote-broadcasting technology, CHEB expands Dal’s capacity for interactive learning and research in the health fields.

To read an expanded version of this story, see A Hub to Support Health Care’s Collaborative Future