MUHC model patient room coming to Saint-Leonard

MONTREAL, October 9, 2008 The McGill University Health Centre is bringing the patient room of the future to Montrealers. In order to demonstrate the healing, comforting and high-tech single patient rooms that will be the centerpiece of our redeveloped campuses, we've built a life-sized model room that will be visiting communities around the city in the coming months. The first stop is Carrefour Langelier in Saint-Leonard.
"The new McGill University Health Centre is being built with patients and loved ones at the heart of our plans, and our rooms are no exception," said Dr. Arthur Porter, Director General and CEO. "At all of our campuses – Mountain, Glen and Lachine – every patient will stay in a thoughtfully designed space where natural light, a comfortable family area and a private washroom will help heal body and mind while also limiting the spread of infection. We are working with our health care designers to create rooms that will allow our patients to feel empowered, connected, safe and comforted, while also giving our professionals space to work."

On Saturday, October 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tina Mezzacappa, a dietitian at the McGill University Health Centre, will advise visitors on healthy eating.  She will provide professional counseling on how to follow Canada's food guide and help visitors make the transition to better nutrition by providing guidelines for portion sizes and improved meal plans for a variety of appetites.

Proper handwashing is recognized as one of the most effective ways of reducing the spread of infections and common viruses like colds and flu.  However, many people don't wash their hands properly, spreading germs to handrails, doorknobs and everyone they shake hands with.

On Sunday, October 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will have the opportunity to put their handwashing skills to the test. 

Check out our germ-detection device that will reveal whether or not your technique is getting the job done and learn proper handwashing skills from our experts.  It's your best defense against viruses this season.

The patient room is on display at Carrefour Langelier, 7373 boulevard Langelier in St-Leonard, until October 26th. To find out when the patient room will visit your community, visit

About the McGill University Health Centre
The MUHC represents six teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University: 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. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of its founding hospitals, the MUHC continues to shape the course of academic medicine by attracting clinical and research authorities from around the world and by training the next generation of medical professionals. And it continues to provide the "Best Care for Life" to patients of all ages.

About the Best Care for Life campaign
In 2006, McGill University Health Centre launched an unprecedented philanthropic effort to raise $300 million. The Best Care for Life campaign is lead by John A. Rae and conducted as a partnership of the Foundations of the MUHC. The campaign has already raised over half of its total objective, of which $200 million will be directed to the modernization and construction of the new campuses and the remaining $100 million will support critical immediate and transitional needs.

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Burns
Communications Coordinator
MUHC Public Relations and Communications
514 843 1560