January 22, 2008
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) took an important step today with the submission of a new preliminary design to the Ville-Marie borough for the development of the Montreal General Hospital. The MUHC is pleased with the borough’s positive response after working for many years with the borough and the city of Montreal.
“Indeed, this new design is the result of close collaboration with the internal MUHC community as well as municipal authorities, local organizations, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux,” explained Dr. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of the MUHC. “Our goal was to create a design that meets both government and community needs and that allows us to continue to provide our patients with high-quality health care.”
The Mountain Campus will comprise the modernized facilities of the Montreal General Hospital, new care units with single-patient rooms, an expansion onto Pine Avenue that will house activities of the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and new space for the emergency department that will be created from the Hospital’s West courtyard.
The new design will ensure improved integration with the urban environment for the hospital while preserving the view of Mount Royal. The hospital’s expansion onto Pine Avenue also supports the MUHC’s mission as a tertiary trauma centre and will ensure a suitable link with the downtown area. The project meets all clinical objectives that will guarantee both the excellence of the hospital activities at the Mountain Campus.
In terms of the MUHC’s sustainable environmental development policy, this plan aims for the highest standards in the industry, including a LEED Silver certification.
In the coming weeks, the MUHC will introduce this design to various city and governmental committees. The borough council and the city council will then take over and vote on a proposed by-law. Finally, the project will be presented to the public in the spring through the Office de consultation publique before a by-law can be passed at the beginning of autumn.
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 $1.579-billion 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 two state-of-art campuses—The Mountain and the Glen—and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED®-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 Go Green guidelines. www.muhc.ca/construction
About the McGill University Health Centre
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University — the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC 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. www.muhc.ca
Information Officer (MUHC Redevelopment Project)
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