- October 16, 2015
- Posted by: Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation
- Category: Media Releases
The Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre is Now Open for Learners at CKHA
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre, located at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s (CKHA) Chatham Campus, officially opened its doors with a Grand Opening Ceremony taking place with Dr. and Mrs. Patterson along with their family, close friends, fellow donors to the centre and key stakeholders from the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation and CKHA.
The Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre is a space dedicated to all CKHA Learners – a place where healthcare students, residents and their mentors and teachers can gather, learn and network and has been named in honour of Dr. Patterson and his immense contributions to local healthcare.
This is the first time a facility like this has been available to learners at CKHA.
About the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre
Situated in the lower level of CKHA’s Chatham Campus, the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre is accessible by all residents/medical students as well as other students, such as nursing, during their placement at CKHA.
Featuring meeting/training/team rooms; a simulation lab; locker and shower access; call rooms and a lounge, among other amenities, the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre will provide a unique opportunity for the residents and students to network with one another and learn as a group.
With an aging workforce, there will be continual turnover of professional staff at CKHA. By establishing the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre, CKHA is creating an environment where students are integrated into the organization in the hopes that they will consider becoming a permanent part of CKHA post-studies.
“CKHA hosts hundreds of students annually including medical residents,” says Colin Patey, President & CEO, CKHA. “A dedicated learning space reflects how open and receptive we are to creating a comfortable and meaningful experience for students throughout their time with us. This learning centre will also help with the recruitment of professional staff, support for inter-professional care teams as well as group learning and collaboration.”
About CKHA’s Commitment to Learning
Here are a few interesting points about CKHA’s Medical Education Program and other student learners at the hospital:
• Over 3,000 teaching hours with medical learners by physicians
• Over 50 preceptor physicians at CKHA with the Schulich School of Medicine, Western University
• First ever Regional Academic Director with the Schulich School of Medicine, Dr. Susan Munro
• Family Medicine Residency Program launched in 2010
• Six family medicine resident graduates from the program since 2010
• Three new Family Medicine Residents accepted to our program annually
• Over 200 medical learners come through CKHA annually
• Medical learner rotations include Family, ER, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, OB/GYN, General Surgery, Geriatrics, Anesthesia, Orthopedics
• Host of twenty first year medical learners annually for “Discovery Week”
• Host of forty-five first year medical learners annually for “Community Day”
• Family Medicine Residency Lead Physician, Dr. David Huffman
• 2014 winner of the Preceptor of the Year award from Schulich, Dr. Quoc Tran
• Two-time winner of the Clinical Teacher of the Year, Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine, Dr. Siva Devarajan
• 375 Nursing Students
• 30 High School Students
• Six Office Administration Students
• 20 Learners in varying roles, including Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Lab Assistants, OTA/PTA and Speech Language Pathologists
About Dr. Don Patterson
Dr. Donald “Don” Patterson was born in London, Ontario, the youngest of four children, and graduated from Western University in London’s Faculty of Medicine in 1954.
He interned at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, from 1954 to1955 and trained in General Surgery at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital from 1955 to 1959. He opened a practice in General Surgery in Chatham in 1959 and served as Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 25 years. Dr. Patterson also served as the Team Doctor for the Chatham Jr. Maroons for 25 years, from 1970 to 1995.
Dr. Patterson met his wife, Denise “Denny” Renier, while doing his training at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital (she was doing her R.N. training at the same time). They married in July 1958 and together had five children – Mary Jane, Scott, David, Michael and Timothy.
In 1999, Dr. Patterson retired from his General Surgery practice, but continued to work at a clinic until 2010.
Legacy of Giving
Since 1991, Dr. Don Patterson has been integral to the success of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s fundraising efforts. In addition to his outstanding work as a Surgeon in our community for more than 50 years, he has generously and selflessly donated his time and talents to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors (1991 to today); the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Board of Directors (2002-2008), and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s Annual Doctor Appreciation Day and Annual Pro/Am Golf Tournament Steering Committees (2005 to present).
Dr. Patterson is a recipient of a Chatham-Kent Senior Achievement Award and was awarded the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation’s first Outstanding Volunteer Award, among many other personal and professional achievements.
“Dr. Patterson is a wonderful friend, volunteer and advocate for our community,” says Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation. “Through his support and generosity, he has made a positive, significant and lasting impact on local healthcare – and for that, and so much more, we are very grateful.”
Without the very generous support of Dr. Don and Mrs. Denny Patterson and the Patterson Family as well as their close friends and loved ones, the development of the Dr. Don Patterson Student Learning Centre would not be possible. Generous contributions to this project have also been received from Keith and Karn Graham, The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry – Western University, Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company, RBC Foundation and Comiskey Limited Insurance Adjustors. Thank you for your outstanding support!
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For more information, please contact:
Michele Grzebien-Huckson, Executive Director
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation
firstname.lastname@example.org / 519.436.2538
Colin Patey, President & CEO
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
email@example.com / 519.352.6400
*Pictured above: Dr. Don and Mrs. Patterson at the Grand Opening of the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre on October 15, 2015.
Dr. Don and Mrs. Denny Patterson pose for a family photo during the ribbon-cutting ceremony at last night’s Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre Grand Opening. More than 50 individuals were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new facility at CKHA with Dr. Patterson and his family.
Dr. Don Patterson poses for a photo with several learners from varying programs throughout CKHA at the Dr. Don Patterson Learning Centre Grand Opening on Thursday, October 15, 2015. These individuals, as well as their fellow learners, will be able to access this new facility throughout their studies.
Pictured: Back Row – Jagjit Singh, Pharmacy Student; Mike Lee, DI Student; Nancy Snobelen, Director, Service Integration, CKHA, and PhD Student, and Kenzie Spence, High School Co-Op Student. Front Row – Bobbi Nichol, RPN; Dr. Don Patterson, and Dr. Colin McCabe, Resident.