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Lady Minto Hospital Systems Focused Simulation (for new Emergency Department)



Commitment: Short-term

Open to Vancouver Island Region


The Lady Minto Hospital, located on Saltspring Island, will be opening a brand new emergency department in the new year, likely January or early February. Before we open this space, we want to ensure we have tested it for functionality and will be running a day of simulations to support this. The simulations are not about clinical skills or competencies, they focus on space and design, asking questions such as “how does the space support safe patient care?” “Are supplies located in appropriate places?” “How do patient transfers occur and do they maintain privacy?”

This is going to be a large event with representation from many partners in the health authority, and we would really value having patient representation and observations. We are hoping to have a patient partner who would attend the event and provide the unique lens of the patients view of how functional this new space is. This patient partner would be supported with orientation to the event, a tool to assist collecting observations, and close connections with the simulation team.

This request does ask for one in person commitment, which will likely occur mid-January however is TBD.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Involve on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Previous committee/working group experience
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity

Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Tamara Young
Clinical Nurse Educator, Island Health Simulation | Island Health
(250) 370-7700

From Our Community

Agnes Black

Director, Health Services & Clinical Research and Knowledge Translation – Providence Health Care

Agnes Black

It’s really hard to make changes in health care. When a PVN patient partner says, ‘This is important to us’ it keeps us grounded on why a change is needed and keeps us motivated to keep going on projects.