During the last 10 years, the MGH Foundation has invested $119 million in a wide range of projects to benefit patients of the Montreal General Hospital and to maintain its reputation of excellence among healthcare institutions.
As the only Level 1 Trauma Centre in downtown Montreal, remaining on the leading edge of critical care requires critical investment. Thanks to our generous donors, we have renovated our Imaging facilities ($700 thousand) to accommodate the new High Performance MRI and, in partnership with Max Pacioretty, are continuing fundraising to reach $5 million total project target. We have also invested $300 thousand in Ambulatory Care Clinic and $250 thousand in the David S. Mulder Distinguished Surgeon in Trauma award.
The MGH has been a long-time leader in thoracic and colorectal cancer care. With its supraregional mandate and, as the only Unit of its kind within the McGill region of service, Thoracic Surgery is a key program committed to providing comprehensive care for thoracic oncology patients.
The MGH Department of Geriatric Medicine is a leader in providing an age sensitive, positive experience for services to the elderly and has instituted the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) to ensure unique, age sensitive care for seniors to help maintain cognitive, physical, and emotional well-being in hospitalized older patients.
Mental Services were recently integrated into a single Care Unit at the MGH, with 55 beds to provide acute care of patients with mental illness in a secure environment.The new expanded unit facilitates integrated medical and surgical care and various levels of stimulation as patients progress towards wellness; focused psychosocial and cognitive treatments; transition to partial hospitalization and therapy rooms for patients and families. Specialized detoxification programs, geriatric services and tertiary care research protocols are also provided.
The MGH is home to one of the most prestigious Digestive Endoscopy Clinical and Research Units in North America and the new Gastroenterology Unit now includes state-of-the-art procedure rooms, a new recovery room with space to isolate patients, a triage area, a room where healthcare professionals can meet with family members and a Conference Room with state of the art multimedia equipment.
Orthopaedics, which focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases and others, is a high priority for an active and aging population and the MGH has a reputation for excellence for clinical intervention, teaching and research in the domain. Donors have made possible, among others, the McGill Scoliosis and Spine Centre ($230 thousand), Dr. Jo Miller Chair in Ortho Research ($145 thousand), and investments in sports medicine ($110 thousand).
Minimally Invasive Surgery
The MGH stroke unit was opened in 2007 based on a donation from the MARKIN foundation. This 4 bed monitored unit provides state of the art stroke care as defined by the Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care. The integrated stroke team consists of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, nutritionists, social workers and stroke neurologists whom work in unison in order to maximize stroke care and improve recovery.
Cardiac Care Unit
As a Level 1 Trauma Centre, the MGH places a heavy emphasis on advanced cardiac care. The new Unit incorporates the most advanced critical care equipment and was designed according to the standards of modern innovative hospitals. It is comprised of thirteen single patient rooms – more than doubling the size of the former cardiac care unit.
Research has been and continues to be a priority of the MGH Foundation. Thanks to support by our generous donors, we are able to present more than 80 Research Awards totalling $2.8 million to leading medical and nursing clinical researchers at the Annual Research Awards. This has contributed to the recruitment and retention of internationally recognized clinician/ researchers.
Single Patient Rooms
Single patient rooms offer a range of important benefits, including infection control (which can have a positive impact on patient morbidity, mortality and the cost of treatment), efficiency (being large enough to bring equipment to the bedside), and more intimacy for patients and their families. Our new campaign aims to raise an additional $1 million for this important project.
To learn more about the many ways you can contribute to these and other priorities, click here. For more information on the projects being supported by the Care At The Highest Level $20 million campaign, please visit the Campaign page.