MOU to Explore Expansion of Health Programming and Research at Cape Breton University

Cape Breton and Dalhousie Universities have joined with the Cape Breton District Health Authority to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Health Programming & Research expansion at Cape Breton University (CBU) and in the broader Cape Breton community. The MOU provides a framework to guide the efforts of its partners to pursue more coordination, and potential expansion, of post secondary health education and training program availability in the Cape Breton region.

The parties to this agreement believe that there is a growing need to train, and retain, health care professionals for work throughout Nova Scotia in clinical settings that range from urban to rural.

“The spectrum of clinical services available in the Cape Breton District Health Authority area, plus existing pressures on clinical capacity in the Capital District, positions Cape Breton to play an important role as Nova Scotia responds to health human resource needs in the coming years,” says Dr. Dianne Calvert Simms, the incoming CEO for the Cape Breton District Health Authority.

“Building upon the Department of Health and Wellness projections of the new health care providers that will be needed in the future, this MOU will leverage the capacities of Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University and the District to make sure we have people to fill the jobs,” says Calvert Simms.

“Dr. Ron Stewart, a native Cape Bretoner and pioneer in emergency medicine, who has had an exemplary impact on the health care system of North America, has been jointly appointed by Cape Breton University and Dalhousie University to lead this initiative on behalf of the three partners”, said Dr. Tom Marrie, Dean of Medicine at Dalhousie. “We are very fortunate to have Dr. Stewart’s knowledge and experience as we move this partnership forward”.

The MOU signed today by these three public sector institutions is a key example of the kind of collaboration that is essential to maximize resources and achieve results”, said John Harker, President & Vice-Chancellor at CBU. “All three parties have demonstrated capacities and areas of expertise. Together we can make a significant contribution toward a shared vision of the future for health programming and research in the Province of Nova Scotia.”