Montreal Icons Join The Best Care for Life Campaign

MONTREAL, June 2 - The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) announced today that Mutsumi Takahashi and Jean Béliveau have agreed to serve as co-chairs of The Best Care for Life Public Campaign, which is needed to help finance its redevelopment on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses. As spokespersons, Ms. Takahashi and Mr. Béliveau will support the MUHC's efforts to reach out to the Montreal community and its own employees and bring its redevelopment vision to life.
Mutsumi Takahashi, chief news anchor for CTV Montreal, is proud to be taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime community project. "The McGill University Health Centre is an integral part of our city. Over the years, we have all been touched or helped in one way or another by the people in our medical community. I feel this is the least I can do. We all need to get behind this initiative in order to ensure future generations of Montrealers continue to benefit from the best possible care."

Canadiens' hockey legend Jean Béliveau is a cancer survivor who received treatment at the McGill University Health Centre. He was similarly enthusiastic about being a public face of this campaign, which aims to raise funds from within the Montreal community to build state-of-the-art hospital and research facilities at the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses. "The work being done at the McGill University Health Centre is already world-class, but I know that it will be even better once we help give our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals the modern campuses that will ultimately benefit all of us," said Mr. Béliveau.
Campaign chairman John Rae added: "With the start of construction on the Glen scheduled before the year end and work on the Mountain underway, The Best Care for Life Campaign is moving into an exciting new phase. Having distinguished Montrealers such as Mutsumi Takahashi and Jean Béliveau on our team provides a major boost to our fundraising efforts. I have no doubt that they will encourage Montrealers to give generously to the Campaign."

The Children's Hospital Foundation has contributed $60 million to the Campaign through its Best Care for Children campaign, chaired by Marc Courtois.

The McGill University Health Centre's Director General and Chief Executive Officer, the Honourable Arthur T. Porter, said: "Our Redevelopment Project promises to change Montreal, enabling us to build on our long history of providing outstanding care while being leaders in teaching and research. This is a project that will benefit the entire Montreal community and, as such, we are delighted that community leaders such as Mutsumi Takahashi and Jean Béliveau have agreed to be the public faces of our campaign. We are also indebted to the other members of the Campaign team for their commitment and their hard work."

About The Best Care for Life Campaign
The $300-million Best Care for Life campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre's Redevelopment Project on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses as well as the Capital Development Plan.

About the MUHC Redevelopment Project Guided by its mission and its role as the nerve centre of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a Redevelopment Project that will help the Government achieve its vision for academic medicine in Quebec. Excellence in patient care, research, education and technology assessment will be fostered on state-of-the-art campuses-The Mountain, the Glen and Lachine-and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED(R)-registered campus will be designed to provide patients and their families with The Best Care for Life in a healing environment that is anchored in best sustainable development practices, including BOMA BESt guidelines.

The McGill University Health Centre is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are the Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the McGill University Health Centre is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.