Public launch of capital fundraising campaign: The CHUM and its Fondation move forward - "Donnons-nous le meilleur de la santé" (Giving ourselves the best in healthcare)

"The experience I went through at the CHUM, 18 years ago, was an incredible saga for me. We must continue … to support our great teaching hospital, which is there for each and every one of us, when we vitally need it."
- Lucien Bouchard, lawyer, former Premier of Quebec and CHUM patient in 1994

"One fine Thursday evening, my family was summoned, and I thought I was headed for the great beyond. An expert emergency intervention at the CHUM, which I will never forget, saved my life. Now it's our turn to give to our CHUM …"
- Brian Mulroney, lawyer, former Prime Minister of Canada and CHUM patient in 2005

"The team that took me through a major, cutting-edge procedure knows to what degree an ordeal like this can be transformative, leading to a more meaningful life and greater awareness. For this, I must express my gratitude to the CHUM."
- Anne Robert, violinist and current patient at CHUM

MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) today publicly launched its capital fundraising campaign for the large teaching hospital. It is one of the largest such campaigns ever undertaken in Canada's healthcare sector. With the tagline "Donnons-nous le meilleur de la santé" (Giving ourselves the best in Healthcare), the Campaign Cabinet is appealing to the generosity of Quebec donors to help it reach its goal of $300 million. The money raised will be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and support research, teaching and health promotion at the existing CHUM and the new CHUM, currently under construction.

The public phase of the capital campaign is getting under way now that it has reached 50% of its $300 million target, thanks to commitments by the Fondation's numerous donors—corporations, foundations and families—and revenues generated by the Fondation's recurrent activities.

The business community heeds the call

The Chairman of the Campaign Cabinet, Guy Savard, Chairman of Merrill Lynch Canada, stressed the CHUM's crucial role in the healthcare system: "This outstanding teaching hospital is there to find solutions to our most complex health challenges. The members of the Campaign Cabinet, representing the business community, are heeding the CHUM's call and appealing to the generosity of major donors. Together, let's take this opportunity to provide the CHUM committed team with equipment and resources that are commensurate with their talents."

Meeting public expectations

"The Fondation is proud of the pledges it received from corporations, foundations and families during the silent phase of the capital fundraising campaign. It is very grateful for the generosity already shown by numerous donors and would like to express heartfelt thanks. Theirs is a significant gesture with a concrete impact that benefits patients," said Ékram Antoine Rabbat, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fondation du CHUM.  "The Fondation is also very appreciative of the enthusiasm of its Campaign Cabinet, which has rallied behind the cause and is devoting time and talent to canvasing major donors. Each and every donation counts and makes a difference. Together, we can contribute to equipping the CHUM with the resources it needs to provide the best possible patient care."

"The CHUM is fortunate to be able to count on the business community, which has embraced the goal of providing Quebeckers with the best care—today and for generations to come. The new downtown CHUM is a project that brings society together," said Christian Paire, the CHUM's Director General and Chief Executive Officer. "Delivering the best in healthcare: this is what motivates the CHUM's 12,000 professionals, physicians, nurses and staff members every day. In a little over a year, we'll be getting ready to open the CHUM Research Centre, which will house some 150 research teams, as well as a Centre intégré d'enseignement et de formation. In 2016, the first patients will cross the threshold of the new, fully operational hospital. An amphitheatre and a clinical and administrative office tower will be added in 2019. Time is flying by, and we need donations to provide our patients with the best available equipment and therapies. Each contribution is another step toward continued excellence in care at the CHUM."

The funds raised by the Campaign Cabinet will be allocated on the basis of guidelines defined in the CHUM's strategic plan. Most of the donations will therefore go to purchasing equipment that will support the hospital's major strategic clinical areas (cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic, transplant, functional musculoskeletal). Funding will also be provided for innovative projects to be carried out at the CHUM Research Centre, recruiting young researchers and providing professional development for students, residents, physicians and healthcare professionals. The campaign will support teaching by funding the acquisition of specialized equipment and setting up the technological infrastructure at the integrated teaching and training centre, which will become an integral part of CHUM. Lastly, donations to the campaign will help extend health promotion initiatives.

About the CHUM

The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) is one of the largest teaching hospitals in North America. Known for excellent care and the expertise of its specialists, it welcomes more than half a million patients every year, 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 patient experience, as well as 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 nearly $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.

About the Fondation du CHUM

The Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) serves as a catalyst and a driving force in carrying out the CHUM's mission, with its numerous initiatives, fundraising activities (direct mailings, canvassing of individual donors, private foundations and corporations) and its capital fundraising campaign. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, it has given nearly $94 million to the CHUM since 1998, including more than $12 million in 2011-2012. Whether it is used to the latest equipment, support research projects that lead to promising treatments, help train a new generation of medical professionals or support the promotion of health, the money raised contributes directly to the continued improvement of patient care.

The Fondation du CHUM Capital Campaign Cabinet

Campaign Chairman: Guy Savard, Chairman, Merrill Lynch Canada

  • Louis Audet, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cogeco Inc.;
  • Marc Beauchamp, Founder and Chairman, Novacap;
  • Luc Beauregard, Founding Chairman, RES PUBLICA Consulting Group;
  • Christiane Bergevin, Executive Vice-President, Strategic Partnerships, Office of the President, Desjardins Group;
  • Nathalie Bourque, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Global Communications, CAE Inc.;
  • P. Mario Charpentier, Managing Director and Lawyer, BCF Business Law, administrateur de sociétés certifié and Chartered Director and member of the Board, Fondation du CHUM;
  • Charles Chebl, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group;
  • Alain Cousineau, Chairman of the Board, CHUM
  • Yvon Deschamps, Comedian and Volunteer Spokesperson, Fondation du CHUM
  • Yves Des Groseillers, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMTC Group inc.;
  • Gilles Dulude, Chairman of the Board, Fondation du CHUM:
  • Norman E. Hébert Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Park Avenue inc.;
  • Anne-Marie J. Hubert, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young;
  • Emilio B. Imbriglio, Partner and leader of the Corporate Finance Group, Chairman of the Board, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton;
  • Vincent Joli-Cœur, Vice Chairman, Corporate and Investment Banking, National Bank Financial Markets;
  • Dr Guy Leclerc, Cardiologist, CHUM, President, AccelLAB, and Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board, Fondation du CHUM;
  • Johanne Lépine; President and Chief Executive Officer, Aon Parizeau Inc.;
  • Luigi Liberatore, President, Elmag Investments Inc., and member of the Board, Fondation du CHUM;
  • Christian Paire, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, CHUM;
  • Ékram Antoine Rabbat, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fondation du CHUM;
  • Jean-Pierre Sauriol, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dessau.

The following documents are available

  • Fact sheets on the campaign and the Campaign Cabinet
  • Video testimonials and posters of Brian Mulroney, Lucien Bouchard and Anne Robert
  • Official photo of spokespeople at media briefing



For further information:

and interviews:

Anik Le Marquand
Cell: 514-502-0578

Élodie Grange
Director Communications and Marketing
Fondation du CHUM

Lucie Dufresne
Communications advisor
514-890-8000 ext. 15380
Pager: 514-860-7110

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