University of Saskatchewan (U of S) President Ilene Busch-Vishniac and the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, spoke at a ceremony to officially open the new additions to the Health Sciences building, the largest capital building project in U of S history.
The program included remarks by Busch-Vishniac, Norris, philanthropists Leslie and Irene Dubé, and David Hill, chair of the university’s Council of Health Science Deans (CHSD). Wendell Neubeker, a second-year Pharmacy and Nutrition student, also spoke about how the newly-integrated facility has enhanced his student experience.
The completion of two new wings means the majority of the university’s health science programming is now under one roof. The facility’s design is intended to break down disciplinary barriers and maximize the potential for collaboration between units. The physical space coupled with cross-discipline education and research opportunities, creates an ideal environment for interprofessional teaching and research.
“The health sciences encompass interdisciplinary scholarship from across Saskatchewan,” said Busch-Vishniac. “The project would not have been possible without the significant investment and continued support from the province. Additionally, generous contributions from donors such as Leslie and Irene Dubé will go a long way in shaping the future of health care in Saskatchewan.”
“Our government recognizes the value of investing in the health sciences, providing excellence in training of health professionals, and increasing the quality of care for Saskatchewan people,” Norris said. “With this vital infrastructure in place, Saskatchewan is poised to take the lead in innovative health education, research and clinical practice.”
Also attending on behalf of the province was the Honourable Dustin Duncan, Minister of Health.
The Government of Saskatchewan’s commitment – more than $300 million – is the largest ever made to a capital project in U of S history. Significant donor contributions also added to the success of this project. In recognition of their $10 million donation, the building’s largest lecture theatre, as well as the health sciences library, is named in honour of Leslie and Irene Dubé.
Planning for the Health Sciences Project, which began over a decade ago, was built on the vision of creating a new standard for team-based, interprofessional teaching, learning, research and practice in health sciences. Construction of the D-wing and E-wing additions began in 2008 and were completed in 2013. The new facilities feature state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, clinical learning resources, collaborative learning spaces and a new library specializing in the health sciences.
The CHSD provides leadership and strategic direction at the U of S to enhance interprofessional education, practice and research across the health sciences, which includes the Colleges of Dentistry, Kinesiology, Medicine (including the School of Physical Therapy), Nursing, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine, as well as the School of Public Health.
For more details on the Health Sciences project, please visit healthsciences.usask.ca