MONTREAL, May 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Officials from Shriners Hospitals
for Children- Canada® were joined by Shriners from across Canada and the northeastern US, as
well as by family members and patients whose lives have been
transformed by the Montreal hospital's innovative and lifesaving
treatments. They gathered on the Glen Campus, future site of the new
Shriners hospital to provide a construction update and to launch a
first-ever $130 million fundraising campaign in Canada.
According to Jerry Gantt, Member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners
International and Shriners Hospitals for Children and Liaison for the
Montreal hospital construction project, construction of the new,
207,000-square-foot Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada began this
past April. Excavation is already underway and installation of the
first crane is scheduled to take place in May. In early June, the
foundation work and installation of the second crane will take place.
As early as September, the building will be above ground level, and
December will mark the completion of the building's concrete structure.
Throughout 2014, the exterior envelope, inside finishing and
electro-mechanical work will be completed. In January 2015,
installation of equipment and furniture will begin and the commission
period will start the following May. The hospital's official opening
will take place in the fall of 2015, as planned.
Once completed, the eight-floor facility will house a nearly
30,000-square-foot research space, almost double its current size. An
Inpatient Unit housed on the 4th floor will provide 22 single-patient
rooms and a four-bed step-down unit. The third floor will house four
operating rooms, two more than the current facility.
An Exceptional campaign
"What makes this hospital so different? At Shriners Hospitals for
Children - Canada, kids and their families from coast to coast in
Canada, the U.S. and abroad are treated like nowhere else," said Dr.
Deborah Josephson, who is co-chairing the Exceptional Care for
Exceptional Kids campaign along with Peter Letko, Carolyn and Richard
Renaud. "This seemingly small hospital is a center of excellence in
pediatric orthopaedics and is recognized internationally for its
world-class research and bone-disease treatment."
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada is an integral part of a
world-class health care system of 22 establishments in operation since
1922 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. In that time, Shriners members
have financed all hospital activities. Today, however, the Shriners
called upon the public in Canada and the northeastern US to help
complete the financing for the construction of these new, ultra-modern
"The goal of the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign is $130
million which includes the $3 million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in
Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research, and $127 million for construction
and equipment costs. To date, we are proud to announce that we have
reached $111,204,864.00 ", shared co-chair Richard Renaud. Shriners
International has raised $97 million and an additional $5 million has
been committed over the next five years by Shriners from Canada and the
The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation is donating an additional $5
million to the hospital, whose services will complement those of the
neighboring Montreal Children's Hospital. The hospital board members,
staff and physicians have committed another $406,000.
The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign will also have an
important online component at www.exceptionalcare4kids.com. Donations in Canadian and American funds will be accepted. Supporters
will be able to create a personalized fundraising page and be able to
share updates and information about the construction and the progress
of the campaign with their contacts - everywhere across the continent.
Joining the Shriners at Wednesday's campaign launch were present and
former patients whose lives have been transformed by the existing
hospital's leading-edge care: Alyssa MacLeod from Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia, who has lived with cerebral palsy since she was diagnosed at
age 2; Maya Sotollichio, from Montreal, who underwent extensive care to
lengthen one of her legs; Hunter Caron from Peru, New York, who was
born without his right forearm; Carter Brown, from Estevan,
Saskatchewan, and Jacinta Whyte, from Toronto, whose daughter Rachel
and she have both benefitted from treatments pioneered at the hospital
for brittle bone disease and scoliosis.
"The hospital's mission is to provide the highest-quality treatment to
children, train health care professionals and conduct breakthrough
research in a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative
environment," said Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids campaign
Co-Chair Peter Letko, "Giving each and every child in our care the
chance to live healthy, productive lives."
Located on the Glen Campus of the McGill University Health Centre, the
new Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada will allow the dedicated
team to pursue and enhance the long-established tradition of
SOURCE: SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA)
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