MONTREAL, May 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de
l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre
(MUHC) Foundation announced today a generous contribution of $8 million
by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation to the joint financing campaign
being conducted by the two foundations among Quebec businesses. The
amount will provide significant assistance to projects aimed at
modernizing Montreal's academic hospital environment. The healthcare
donation is the highest in the history of the J. Armand Bombardier
Foundation, founded in 1965.
"The quality of patient care and innovation in the field of health are
at the heart of the undertaking by the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.
By participating in the joint CHUM-MUHC Corporate Campaign, we want to
actively contribute to providing the Montreal community with health
care at the cutting edge of technology," said Janine Bombardier,
president of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation.
"With this donation, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation acknowledges
the importance of our project for our collective future; that of our
children and our grandchildren. Construction of the new CHUM, a
hospital for the 21st century, and its research centre will contribute
to Montreal's position as a leader in life sciences," said Christian
Paire, CHUM director general.
Normand Rinfret, associate executive director and chief operating
officer of the McGill University Health Centre, expressed his
gratitude: "By allocating this historic gift to health and research,
the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation is confirming that the way forward
for Montreal and Quebec cannot be mapped out without a firm commitment
to the life sciences. I applaud the decision of the J. Armand
Bombardier Foundation to focus on leadership and innovation in health."
First the business community, then all of Montreal
The CHUM and MUHC Joint Corporate Campaign is progressing well. While
retaining their individuality, the two hospital centres are working
closely together to ensure the success of the two most important
healthcare projects in our community's history.
The business community's leadership support of the Joint Corporate
Campaign clearly demonstrates that our healthcare system and new
hospital infrastructure are a primary concern. The generous support of
the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, in particular, marks an important
step towards the $300 million goals the CHUM and MUHC are each seeking
to help fund their respective redevelopment projects.
"With this generous gift, the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation
demonstrates its confidence and willingness to invest in health for the
benefit of patients," said Ékram Antoine Rabbat, president and CEO of
the Fondation du CHUM."This major gesture makes a real difference and
we are truly grateful. It embodies our goals and encourages us to
continue the efforts made in recent years," he added.
"More and more, our project is uniting people with vision," said John
Rae, chair of McGill University Health Centre's Best Care for Life Campaign. "The business community is mobilizing more than ever. It is
without doubt a model for the community. It is being shown that it is
really true that Montreal will soon have teaching hospitals that will
be the envy of many other large modern cities."
About the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation
The J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, a private family foundation, was
established in 1965 to carry on the humanitarian work of Joseph-Armand
Bombardier and contribute toward the realization of Bombardier's vision
of social responsibility. The Foundation is active in four key areas:
Education, Community Support, Healthcare, as well as Arts and Culture.
Culturally, the Foundation also plays a very important role through the
J. Armand Bombardier Museum and the Yvonne L. Bombardier Cultural
Centre, located in Valcourt, Québec.
About the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its
The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) is the largest
francophone teaching hospital in North America. Known for excellent
care and the expertise of its specialists, every year it welcomes more
than half a million patients not only from the greater Montreal region
but also the entire province of Quebec. The essence of its mission is
the application of innovative approaches to healthcare, the search for
new knowledge, the promotion of health and the transfer of knowledge.
Boasting a rich history, the CHUM is looking to the future with the
ongoing construction of new facilities and its research centre in
downtown Montreal, a comprehensive project on a single site valued at
approximately $2.5 billion. The CHUM Research Centre will open its
doors in 2013. It will be followed in 2016 by the unveiling of the new
CHUM, a world-class teaching hospital in tune with its community where
it plays an important economic and cultural role, as well as an
environmental one, and in a socially aware perspective of sustainable
development and concerted urban approach. www.chumtl.qc.ca
The Fondation du CHUM's mission is to provide the Centre hospitalier de
l'Université de Montréal with an ongoing source of private funding to
complement its public funding in order to contribute to the continuous
improvement of patient care, allow for the acquisition of advanced
equipment and support the CHUM's research, education and health
promotion activities. www.fondationduchum.com
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and The Best Care for Life Campaign
One of the world's foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers
exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research and teaching.
Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, it is
highly committed to the continuum of care in its community. The partner
hospitals of the MUHC—the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Chest
Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological
Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital and The Montreal Children's
Hospital— value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan,
innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and
leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a
$2.25-billion Redevelopment Project on three campuses—the Mountain,
Glen and Lachine—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an
effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families
the best care for life. The campuses are also anchored in best
sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt
The 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 as well as the Capital Development Plan.
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