Joint Campaign of the Fondation du CHUM and the MUHC Foundation - Members of Norton Rose Canada collectively donate $500,000!

MONTREAL, Feb. 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation today announced a $500,000 contribution from the law firm of Norton Rose Canada to the joint fundraising campaign in support of projects currently underway to modernize academic medicine in Montreal. The donation is the collective total raised by individual donations by the firm's team, including lawyers, patent agents, and their colleagues.

"Norton Rose Canada acknowledges the collective importance of these projects for our children and grandchildren and know that they will change the face of health care for generations to come," stated Jean G. Bertrand, Managing Partner of the Montreal Office. The co-presidents of the campaign, Mr. Gino Martel and Ms. Emma Saffman reiterated that Norton Rose Canada is proud to contribute to the advancement of tertiary medicine and healthcare in Quebec and that their involvement in this major fundraising campaign is a true testament to that.

Group effort: a model for everyone!

"The members of Norton Rose Canada have demonstrated their immense generosity and for that we are sincerely grateful. We need visionaries like these men and women from the business community who, through their individual donations, are contributing to the completion of important community projects such as the new CHUM," said Christian Paire, director general and CEO of the CHUM. "This donation will be devoted to health promotion, helping to provide our patients, their loved ones and all those who rely on the CHUM with a quality environment that will contribute towards the well-being for all."

"The involvement of the entire Quebec community is vital in order for a large-scale academic hospital such as the CHUM to strengthen its expertise and offer the highest quality of care," said Ékram Antoine Rabbat, president and CEO of the Fondation du CHUM. "Today, the CHUM and its Foundation have been given substantial support by the community," he said. "This contribution from the lawyers at Norton Rose Canada will make a real difference in the daily lives of CHUM health professionals as well as the lives of patients who are the focus of our efforts," added Gilles Dulude, president of the board of Directors of the Fondation du CHUM.

A commitment that deserves recognition

In recognition of the donation, the MUHC will name a family room at its new Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) in honour of the firm.

"Our redevelopment project is a golden opportunity to improve our patients' experience and outcome by increasing the level of meaningful interaction that our professionals have with our patients," said Normand Rinfret, interim director general and CEO of the MUHC. "The Centre for Innovative Medicine at the Glen site is a prime example of how we will engage our patients in our research and thereby in their health and well-being.  It will be Canada's largest academic clinical research centre and one of the rare few that are dedicated to both pediatric and adult patients, which makes the potential of its impact even more powerful."

"This contribution from Norton Rose Canada is a wonderful example of teamwork within the business community in support of a cause that will pay dividends to their colleagues, clients and countless others in the form of world-class health care right here at home," said John A. Rae, chair of The Best Care for Life Campaign. "We are extremely grateful and hope that this will inspire others to do the same."

About Norton Rose Canada LLP

Norton Rose Canada LLP is a member of Norton Rose Group, a leading international legal practice offering a full business law service to many of the world's pre-eminent financial institutions and corporations from offices in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Asia.

The Group's lawyers share industry knowledge and sector expertise across borders to support clients anywhere in the world. The Group is strong in financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Norton Rose Group has more than 2900 lawyers operating from 40 offices in Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Milan, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Prague, Québec, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Warsaw; and from associate offices in Dar es Salaam, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta.

Norton Rose Group comprises Norton Rose LLP, Norton Rose Australia, Norton Rose Canada LLP, Norton Rose South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc.), and their respective affiliates.

About the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) and its Foundation
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 a major role, in a socially aware perspective of sustainable development and concerted urban approach. It is also an active member of the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS) de l'Université de Montréal.

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.

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, teaching and technology assessment. 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 $2.355-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 get the best care for life. The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines

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.

Image with caption: "Irène Marcheterre, Ékram Antoine Rabbat, Yvon Deschamps (CHUM), Emma Saffman, Jean G. Bertrand, John Coleman, Norman Steinberg, Gino Martel (Norton Rose Canada), John A. Rae, Normand Rinfret (MUHC) (CNW Group/FONDATION DU CHUM)". Image available at:


For further information:

Véronique Scott
Public Affairs and Strategic Planning, MUHC
514 934-1934, ext. 31560

Élodie Grange
Director Communications and marketing,
CHUM Foundation
514 890-8361

Johanna Pardo
Senior Public Relations Advisor
Norton Rose Canada
514 847-4921

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