Science. Technology. Health Care. Welcome to the Ward of the 21st Century.

About W21C | Facilities

W21C infrastructure includes a state-of-the-art medical teaching unit at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary (Unit 36 in the Special Services Building), and new W21C Research and Innovation Centre at the Teaching, Research and Wellness (TRW) Building at the Cumming School of Medicine, UCalgary. A Healthcare Human Factors and Simulation Laboratory is also housed in the W21C Research and Innovation Centre. Since May 2004, W21C has served as a beta test-site for prototypical hospital design, approaches to the health care delivery and innovative medical technologies.

W21C complements existing health sector infrastructure by catalyzing multidisciplinary research and innovation activities within two unique nationally and internationally recognized spaces:

Unit 36 (Medical Teaching Unit) Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services

The most familiar physical space associated with W21C is the W21C’s Medical Teaching Unit (36). This space, also referred to as the W21C ‘living laboratory’, was specifically designed to provide a research environment that juxtaposes state-of-the-art clinical care space with strategically planned equipment and space for research. This unique space allows our researchers, healthcare professionals, and students to come together to form multidisciplinary and collaborative research partnerships. The knowledge created by these partnerships leads to transformative and innovative practices, technologies, and products that we hope will positively impact the delivery of health care at local, national, and international levels.

The talented team of health professionals in our clinical environment on Unit 36 is paramount to our success - helping W21C achieve its vision of “defining the future of health care.”

W21C Research & Innovation Centre

Located in the Teaching, Research & Wellness (TRW) Building at the Cumming School of Medicine, the W21C Research and Innovation Centre is a space that provides our team with opportunities to:

  1. pursue applied health R&D partnerships and applications with commercial potential
  2. develop, test, and promote innovative solutions to the delivery of care.

One of the fundamental objectives of the W21C Research and Innovation Centre is to provide an environment that facilitates multidisciplinary health research and innovation. Laboratory spaces, formal meeting spaces, and informal lounging areas enable researchers, clinical care service providers, faculty, students, visiting scholars and industry partners the opportunity to interact and collaborate.

Key Features

  • A state-of-the-art Healthcare Human Factors and Simulation Laboratory.
  • Meeting and seminar space equipped with video-conferencing capabilities and other high-tech features.
  • Common space to promote dialogue among disciplines.
  • Research workstations and office space.
  • A wireless computer environment throughout with the capability to interface with hospital information and data collection systems.
  • A flexible and secure research database server space for data management.

For more information or for a tour of the W21C Research and Innovation Centre, please contact Leora Rabatach or Julia MacGregor.

W21C Healthcare Human Factors and Simulation Laboratory:

This state-of-the-art laboratory opened in 2009, is located in the W21C Research and Innovation Centre, University of Calgary.

Human Factors is the application of a body of knowledge to the designs of devices, systems, tasks, procedures and environments for efficient, safe, and comfortable human use. The primary objective of the HHFSL is to conduct and disseminate research that improves health care safety in a variety of health care settings by using a range of experimental human factor methodologies. Researchers have the capability to evaluate innovative health care technologies and environments such as automated pharmacy dispensing devices, automated defibrillators and operating room facilities.

The fusion of infrastructure, simulation technology, human factors expertise and analysis capabilities provides great potential for provincial, national and international collaboration. The resulting applied science is expected to benefit patient and caregiver safety and well-being.