A state of the art Intensive Care Unit Emergency Response Training Centre is set to become a reality, thanks to the generous support of the Rotary Club of Balwyn.

The club have provided the hospital with a $75,000 donation, which will play a major part in the establishment of the centre.

The centre will enable ICU staff to practice emergency medical procedures and conduct mock emergency calls in the wards. Equipped with specialised ICU simulation equipment, the centre will allow clinicians the opportunity to train, refresh and update their skills in complex emergency procedures on a regular basis.

Box Hill Hospital Intensive Care Unit Director Dr David Charlesworth was most grateful to the Rotary Club of Balwyn for their support.

“Developing leadership and the capacity of a team to deliver the highest level of care in a critical situation makes the hospital safer. Excellence in response comes only with regular practice and training.”

Rotary Club of Balwyn President Elect Anthea Rutter said donating to a local hospital was an ideal use of funds. “We never know when it will be needed even by one of us. As a family member, someone who has benefited from medical help, targeting critical treatment was vital to the community well being.”

Eastern Health Foundation Development Manger Carolyn Schuwalow said it was only through collaboration with community partners, such as the Rotary Club of Balwyn, could Box Hill Hospital continue to deliver the highest level of care to its community.

The Rotary Club of Balwyn raises up to $1 million each year at the Sunday Camberwell Markets with 100 per cent of these funds going back towards supporting projects that benefit the community in Australia and overseas, through the Major Project Grants Program.

The new Intensive Care Unit Emergency Response Training Centre is expected to open in mid-2015.