On Tuesday (May 14th), Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) announced the opening and dedication of the hospital’s new, purpose-built Martin & Denise Pick Learning Centre.
Using flexible design principles, the 4,300-square-foot Learning Centre is the largest available meeting space in the hospital, offering a 100-person-capacity area that can be converted into two smaller spaces.
It also has a dedicated clinical training area providing a wide range of state-of-the-art training tools and equipment in a simulated patient care environment, and comes equipped with sophisticated Information Technology (IT) tools and services to fulfill the organization’s clinical and support service training needs.
Members of the Pick Family pose at the entrance to the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre that now bears their name. From left: Dr.Rardi van Heest, Denise Pick, Martin Pick and Charles Pick.
The dedicated educational space was made possible by the generous support of the PRHC Foundation donors who funded the $3.1 million project, and support of the Pick family was essential to the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.
Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation representative and former PRHC Foundation Board Member Martin Pick said the choice to support the Learning Centre and the hospital was a very personal one for his family:
“My father, Otto Pick, died from his third heart attack in 1959 at the age of 54, but in his short life, he and his amazing wife Marie laid the foundation for a seed enterprise that’s now a global presence in the industry,” says Pick. “The last years of his life, however, lacked any quality. Had he lived today in the period of bypasses and stents, his life would likely have been much longer and a great deal more comfortable. We chose the PRHC Foundation and the Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre to honour our parents’ hard work and imaginative foresight, and because advances and innovation need the support of the community to become possible.”