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Health Sciences North Foundation Kicks off third annual TASTE St.  “Graffiti Alley”

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Health Sciences North Foundation Kicks off third annual TASTE St. “Graffiti Alley”

On February 10, 2016, guests had the opportunity to experience a “taste” of what the upcoming TASTE St. “Graffiti Alley” event will have to offer on Friday April 1st at the Caruso Club by tasting food samples provided by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar and Marek Hospitality Inc. 


On Friday, April 1, 2016, Health Sciences North Foundation will present the third annual TASTE St. “Graffiti Alley,” a new twist to the popular tasting event. Funds raised at Graffiti Alley will support the purchase of vital teaching equipment and the building of the new Learners Centre on the grounds of Health Sciences North.  

“If today is any indication of the amazing food that will be available on April 1st, I think our evening will be another fantastic culinary treat,” says Mary Lou Hussak, Executive Director for the Health Sciences North Foundation. “Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment, participate in silent and live auctions, and sample some of the best local food and drink. It promises to be an entertaining evening for all.”

“TASTE St. is a true community event and is only possible with the support of our sponsors, presenters and businesses who donate food, drink and auction items, and by those who attend our event. On behalf of Health Sciences North Foundation Board of Directors and HSNF staff, I would encourage everyone to come out to support Health Sciences North’s Learners Centre,” says Alex Patterson, Chair, HSN Foundation Board of Directors. 

“The Sudbury Keg Steakhouse & Bar is pleased to participate in the TASTE St. “Graffiti Alley” party event. We look forward to another successful evening with great food and guests. As always, it’s our pleasure to provide delicious steak and seafood for all to enjoy,” says Evelyn Hoffmann, General Manager/Franchisee Keg Steakhouse & Bar Sudbury. “Thank you for including us again!”

Guests at today’s Kick off had the opportunity to observe how learners are able to practice on a “virtual patient” to gain invaluable training with no risk to patients. This world class medical training facility ensures northerners are among the first to benefit from breakthrough techniques and treatment methods. And, by providing greater teaching and learning opportunities, the Simulation Lab will also help to attract some of the brightest minds in health care to our community.

“It is our great pleasure to once again participate in HSN Foundation’s TASTE St. event,” says Stewart Brown, Retail Food Services Director, Health Sciences North.  “It is not only a great opportunity for us to showcase some of our great menu options but it allows us to support an organization that is dedicated to ensuring our hospital has the best medical equipment and have a great time doing it.”

“I would like to thank the HSN Foundation for all their hard work in building events like this.  This event has been absolutely fantastic and with a new twist on this year’s event it will that much more exciting,” says Dr. Rob Anderson, Medical Lead, Simulation Laboratory. “It is through strong community support that we can achieve the great things that are going on in the HSN Simulation Lab.  We have had great success in building programs to improve the health of patients from infants to the elderly, training nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, allied health practitioners and students from all domains and now training teams in the place that they practice.  We look forward to further enhancing mental health and surgical training programs as well as helping practicing clinicians refine their individual and team performance to best serve our community.  I look forward to bringing our CPR manikin to the TASTE St. event to not only show what she can do, but to give an opportunity for those in the community to try out a lifesaving skill.” 
Over the past two years, TASTE St. has raised more than $115,000 to support simulation based learning for medical learners. HSN’s Learners Centre’s Simulation Lab is a thriving teaching facility with 1,897 learners logging 11,363 hours of medical training in the last year alone. Learners engage with the tools and high fidelity manikins and technology in order to practice scenarios that train both medical staff and students who are, or soon will be, on the front line of patient care. 

This year’s TASTE ST. “Graffiti Alley” promises to be a hip street party that will feature graffiti art from some of the most talented local artists in a lively, colourful and edgy atmosphere.

For more information on the evening and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.hsnfTaste.ca or call 705-523-7130. 


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