September 18, 2013


McMaster medical students settle into Brantford home

New training facility at hospital sponsored by City grant


Hamilton, Ont. September 18, 2013McMaster University and the Brant Community Healthcare System opened a new education campus for medical residents and other health care learners at the Brantford General Hospital today.


The newly renovated space, in the D Wing of the Terrance Hill Street facility, is called the Grand Erie Six National Clinical Education Campus – Brantford Centre. The 10,000-square-foot space includes classrooms, offices, lounges and “call rooms” or living space for medical residents on duty.


The new campus will be home base for medical students and residents of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and other McMaster healthcare program students learning at the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS). Although some McMaster medical students and residents have received part of their training at the BCHS in the past, six family medicine residents arrived in July to begin their two years of training based at BCHS. Six additional residents will arrive on July 1, 2014.


“We’ve been delighted by the warm welcome our students are receiving from the City of Brantford, the healthcare community and the citizens here,” said Dr. John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster. “This new facility is beautiful, and provides the new doctors and medical students with the opportunity to enhance their learning and clinical experiences.”


“Through common vision and unparalleled support we have achieved a first for our community, a leading-edge family medicine training program” said Dr. Scott Elliott, site director for the clinical education campus, family physician and BCHS medical value stream leader for care support. “The residents of our community will reap the benefits for decades to come.”


“We see this as an opportunity to continue to build on our over 125-year history of welcoming learners into our organization,” said Sarah McVanel, BCHS engagement and community partnerships value stream leader. “We have always learn when we work with students, so it’s a win-win. We also expect many learners will choose to practice in our community through the relationships they build here.”


Construction of the $1.2 million facility was supported with a $750,000 grant from the City of Brantford, as well as funds from McMaster and the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation. Ongoing operations are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and McMaster.


“We see this as an important investment to the health and wellness of our community,” says Mayor Chris Friel. “Our municipality is proud to be a leader in innovative partnerships with post-secondary institutions, and we are extremely pleased to be the key funder of this exciting development.”


Dr. David Price, chair of family medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, added: “We know that family physicians are able to provide the best care if they truly understand the community in which they are working; and living and training in the community is key to promoting this exemplary care.”


For more information, contact:


Susan Emigh
Media Relations
Faculty of Health Sciences
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22555


Sarah McVanel
Media Relations
Brant Community Healthcare System
519-751-5544, ext. 2465