MONTREAL, Oct. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Liquide Canada is helping to raise the bar even higher for the care of the 400 newborns rushed to The Montreal Children's Hospital each year. The company has announced a $50,000 donation to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the new Montreal Children's Hospital currently being built on the Glen site.
The Children's NICU is already world-renowned for the sophisticated level of compassionate care delivered by neonatologists like Dr. Thérèse Perreault, Director of Newborn Medicine, but the NICU in the hospital's new facility will be a whole new ballgame.
When the new Montreal Children's Hospital opens its doors in 2015, the NICU will have 52 beds, and will be strategically located beside the birthing unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital, making the transport of premature and seriously ill newborns nearly instantaneous. The precious minutes this will save could mean the difference between life and death.
Newly-appointed President of Air Liquide Canada, Adam Peters, visited The Children's recently for a tour of the current NICU, followed by a visit to the construction site of the new Children's, where Dr. Perreault talked to him about the innovative changes the new facilities would bring.
"Air Liquide Canada is committed to giving back to the Montreal community," asserts Peters. "The needs of these tiny babies, our society's most vulnerable members, must be a top priority. After seeing the way The Children's staff operates in the current hospital and learning about the changes the new hospital will bring, we could not be prouder to support this important cause."
About Air Liquide Canada
Founded in 1911, Air Liquide Canada has over 2200 employees and serves over 80,000 customers in Canada's aeronautics, automobile, agri-food, chemical, defence, electronics, energy, metallurgy, metal fabrication, mining and healthcare industries from sites located in key industrial regions from coast to coast.
About the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
The Montreal Children's Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital of the McGill University Health Centre. The Children's is a leader in providing a broad spectrum of highly specialized care to newborns, children, and adolescents from all across Quebec. Visit childrenfoundation.com for more information about the Foundation and the construction of the new Montreal Children's Hospital on the Glen Campus, which is expected to open its doors at the end of 2014.
Image with caption: "Left to right: Marie-Josée Gariépy, President, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation; Marc Courtois, Chairman, The Best Care for Children Campaign; Adam Peters, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Liquide Canada; Dr. Thérèse Perreault, Director, Newborn Medicine, Montreal Children's Hospital. (CNW Group/The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121029_C2970_PHOTO_EN_19813.jpg
SOURCE: The Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
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