Minister of Health visits MCH

The Minister of Health, Dr. Yves Bolduc, and the Minister of Justice, Madam Kathleen Weil, paid an official visit to The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC on April 16. Dr. Bolduc spent almost two hours meeting senior staff and touring various parts of the hospital including the ER, OR, PICU, and NICU. It was an informal and animated visit that gave us the opportunity to showcase for the Minister some of our major tertiary/quaternary programs, as well important aspects of our Outreach Program, which were superbly presented by Dr. Aurore Coté.

It also gave the hospital a chance to highlight some of our innovative programs such as the Fast Track Clinic in the ER and the Flu Fast Track Clinic during the H1N1 epidemic, our strategic efforts to curb surgical wait times, our success in staffing the PICU that does not have forced overtime or use agency nurses, and the Total Body Cooling Program in the NICU. The Minister also toured the new Intraoperative
MRI and was extremely impressed.

"We believe this is the first time in recent memory that a Minister of Health has visited The Montreal Children's Hospital," says Dr. Harvey Guyda, Associate Executive Director of the
MCH. "We will be thanking Minister Bolduc and Minister Weil for giving us their valuable time. I was very proud of the performance of all of our teams. Those who met the minister spoke with pride, passion and great conviction. We call all take pride in this very successful visit."