The Montreal Children’s Hospital successfully moved to new home

PRESS RELEASE

The Glen site now open to pediatric patients

Montreal, May 24, 2015 As part of Canada’s biggest hospital move, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) completed today at 10:57 am the transfer of the Montreal Children’s Hospital to the Glen site. Following the same rigorous methodology that proved effective for the adult patients transfer on April 26, 66 young patients were safely moved in a well-orchestrated operation which lasted 3 hours 57 minutes.

“Countless hours have been put into making today a success and it truly paid off. This experience has been both a rare challenge and a privilege for the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The cooperation and support of everyone involved in this move has been exemplary,” said Dr. Harley Eisman, Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Service at the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC. “Healthcare providers, volunteers, Urgences-Santé paramedics, and the staff from Health Care Relocations should all be applauded for their hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the entire healthcare network for supporting us during this transition. Our patients and families are always at the forefront of everything we do and I am certain they will be very happy in this new home of ours.” Médicar, the Ville de Montréal, the City of Westmount, Transports Québec and the SPVM also contributed to the success of this event.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital at the new Glen site has been designed with the input of our staff to create efficient spaces that support today’s best practices in pediatric medicine, making our ability to provide excellent care to patients and their families easier. Adjacent to the adult hospital, the new Children’s comes complete with 154 single patient rooms, each with a section with large couches for parents to keep their children company both day and night. Now more than ever, our inter-disciplinary teams have the opportunity to come together to share their knowledge, discoveries and resources, furthering their contribution to the advancement of medicine in Montreal and the world.

We have been dreaming, planning and preparing for this moment for many years and we are very excited to begin this new chapter in our lives. When the Children’s moved to 2300 Tupper in 1956, I am sure the staff felt many of the same things we are feeling today: excitement, anticipation and the hope that we will forever honour our heritage as a hospital that always puts the patient and family first. I have no doubt we will continue to be that place”, said Martine Alfonso, Associate Director General of the Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC. 

The Montreal Children’s Hospital’s clinical activities will gradually resume at the Glen site. The final phase of the MUHC 2015 transformation will come with the move of the Montreal Chest Institute and some services from the Montreal General Hospital on June 14.

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About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) 

The McGill University Health Centre is one of the most prestigious university teaching hospitals in the world and provides exceptional patient-focused care that is integrated with research, teaching and technological assessment. Deeply committed to a continuum of care within the community, the MUHC is affiliated with McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and is part of the RUIS McGill. All of its hospitals (Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital, Montreal Chest Institute and Lachine Hospital) use a multidisciplinary approach at every stage of life and apply innovative techniques and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. A $2.355-billion redevelopment project is currently ongoing at the Glen site, the Montreal General Hospital and the Lachine Hospital to give health professionals an ideal environment to deliver the best care for life to patients and their loved ones—now and for generations to come—that also complies with exemplary sustainable development practices, such as those set out under LEED® certification and BOMA BESt certification.

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