BY THE NUMBERS
40,000 admissions a year and more than 175,000 emergency department visits
12,000 persons work at the MUHC, including 1,200 physicians and 3,000 nurses
2.3 million meals served annually
4,500 students and post-graduate scholars who train at the MUHC and its Research Institute
Coming together under the rallying cry of “The Best Care for Life,” the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is in the process of completing a $2.3-billion redevelopment project. The MUHC’s new Glen site is now home to the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Research Institute as well as the new Cedars Cancer Foundation. Redevelopment is also under way at the Montreal General and the Lachine hospitals which are part of the MUHC and will remain at their current locations. The move to the Glen facility was years in the planning and is considered the biggest hospital move ever in Canada. It was executed with seamless precision.
The Best Care for Life Campaign is a partnership of the foundations of the MUHC to raise in excess of $300 million as the community’s contribution to this overall redevelopment project. Mr. John Rae, Executive Vice-President of Power Corporation, has served as Chair of this Campaign.
Patient care and well-being are paramount at the MUHC. All MUHC hospitals have Patient Resource Centres which take a personalized approach, providing each patient and family with relevant medical resources and support. The new Glen site has only single-patient rooms equipped with the necessary amenities designed to make patients and their families feel at home.
The MUHC Glen site has two emergency departments and provides more than 50 specialized services. The MUHC overall has some 40,000 admissions a year with more than 175,000 emergency department visits. Patient care is provided by 12,000 hospital staff including 1,200 physicians and 3,000 nurses. The MUHC serves a staggering 2.3 million meals a year.
The MUHC has a global reputation for excellence and achievement in virtually every medical discipline. McGill University is regarded as having one of the leading medical schools in North America and close to 4,500 students and post-graduate scholars train at the MUHC and its Research Institute. A large portion of the clinical and scientific training programs managed by the McGill Faculty of Medicine is carried out within MUHC hospitals.
In terms of its research prowess, the Research Institute of the MUHC supports more than 600 researchers and more than 1,700 graduates and post-doctoral students and fellows who produce 1,400 publications per year. This is complemented by the 1,000 clinical research studies conducted annually. MUHC researchers attract in excess of $130 million every year in external funding.
In his speech at the Glen site inauguration, MUHC President and Executive Director Normand Rinfret highlighted that the Glen site’s “golden promise is to encourage improvement in the health and well-being of the general population. Let us draw our wisdom now by looking towards the responsibility that comes with the trust that has been placed in the MUHC, namely by addressing the future that is within and beyond our grasp.”
“The MUHC is a prime example of the ‘think global, act local’ philosophy,” adds John Rae. “In terms of its research and teaching capabilities, it judges its performance against global peers. In terms of patient care, the MUHC has deep roots within the local community and continues to provide a standard of care that is both personalized and exceptional.”