Arthur Labatt Family
School of Nursing

Long-time friends support transformative nursing education

Roger is a 72-year-old retired tobacco farmer with diabetes and circulatory problems. On a bed beside him is Carl, a bespectacled 52-year-old accountant who has difficulty walking because of multiple sclerosis. Joanne, across the room, is recovering from a mastectomy.

It’s a typical clinical room in a health-care setting, aside from the fact Roger, Carl and Joanne are mannequins, programmed to exhibit specific symptoms in the cutting-edge, 16-bed simulation suite inside the new home of the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing.

Combining the best of academic learning and clinical education, the new $41-million building that houses the School is unlike any other in Canada. In addition to the simulation suite, research labs, student lounges and collaborative learning spaces help make this a facility where the next generation of nurses can achieve excellence.

the nursing building
western students
amit chakma and arthur labatt

Arthur and Sonia Labatt are dedicated, long-time donors to health sciences education at Western, and the lead benefactors of the School of Nursing. The couple were awarded honorary doctorates from Western in 2012 and Arthur Labatt was Western University chancellor from 2004 to 2008.  

jayne garland and labatt

“Buildings, by themselves, don’t make a school excellent. But great buildings can cultivate excellence as they become fertile fields where outstanding research, teaching and scholarship can continue to flourish.”

Jayne Garland

Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

Their support is helping prepare graduates to advance and improve health care in Canada and around the world, and their gifts have built new infrastructure, attracted top faculty and supported undergraduate and graduate student awards.

Health Sciences Dean Jayne Garland says the new facility is helping transform nursing care in Canada and around the world.

“Buildings, by themselves, don’t make a school excellent. But great buildings can cultivate excellence as they become fertile fields where outstanding research, teaching and scholarship can continue to flourish.”