Montreal Icons Join The Best Care for Life Campaign

    MONTREAL, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The McGill University Health Centre
(MUHC) announced today that Mutsumi Takahashi and Jean Béliveau have agreed to
serve as co-chairs of The Best Care for Life Public Campaign, which is needed
to help finance its redevelopment on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses.
As spokespersons, Ms. Takahashi and Mr. Béliveau will support the MUHC's
efforts to reach out to the Montreal community and its own employees and bring
its redevelopment vision to life.
    Mutsumi Takahashi, chief news anchor for CTV Montreal, is proud to be
taking part in this once-in-a-lifetime community project. "The McGill
University Health Centre is an integral part of our city. Over the years, we
have all been touched or helped in one way or another by the people in our
medical community. I feel this is the least I can do. We all need to get
behind this initiative in order to ensure future generations of Montrealers
continue to benefit from the best possible care."
    Canadiens' hockey legend Jean Béliveau is a cancer survivor who received
treatment at the McGill University Health Centre. He was similarly
enthusiastic about being a public face of this campaign, which aims to raise
funds from within the Montreal community to build state-of-the-art hospital
and research facilities at the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses. "The work
being done at the McGill University Health Centre is already world-class, but
I know that it will be even better once we help give our doctors, nurses and
other healthcare professionals the modern campuses that will ultimately
benefit all of us," said Mr. Béliveau.
    Campaign chairman John Rae added: "With the start of construction on the
Glen scheduled before the year end and work on the Mountain underway, The Best
Care for Life Campaign is moving into an exciting new phase. Having
distinguished Montrealers such as Mutsumi Takahashi and Jean Béliveau on our
team provides a major boost to our fundraising efforts. I have no doubt that
they will encourage Montrealers to give generously to the Campaign."
    The Best Care for Life Community Campaign is co-chaired by Dr. Sylvia
Cruess and Dr. Richard Cruess, France Denis and Raymond Royer, and Helgi and
Ian Soutar. Other members of the leadership team include Arthur T. Porter,
Peter Abraham, W. David Angus, Mark Beaudet, Maryse Bertrand, Cheryl
Campbell-Steer, David Culver, Susan Curry, Claude Dauphin, Peter Duffield,
Jacques Filion, Stephen Hajaly, Joan Ivory, David Laidley, John Morgan, Gwen
Nacos, Alex Paterson, John Peacock, Glenn Rourke, Arnold Steinberg, Norman
Steinberg, Michel Vennat and Pierrette Wong.
    The Children's Hospital Foundation has contributed $60 million to the
Campaign through its Best Care for Children campaign, chaired by Marc
    The McGill University Health Centre's Director General and Chief
Executive Officer, the Honourable Arthur T. Porter, said: "Our Redevelopment
Project promises to change Montreal, enabling us to build on our long history
of providing outstanding care while being leaders in teaching and research.
This is a project that will benefit the entire Montreal community and, as
such, we are delighted that community leaders such as Mutsumi Takahashi and
Jean Béliveau have agreed to be the public faces of our campaign. We are also
indebted to the other members of the Campaign team for their commitment and
their hard work."

    About The Best Care for Life Campaign

    The $300-million 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 on the Glen, Mountain and
Lachine campuses as well as the Capital Development Plan.

    About the MUHC Redevelopment Project Guided by its mission and its role
as the nerve centre of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the
MUHC is carrying out a Redevelopment Project that will help the Government
achieve its vision for academic medicine in Quebec. Excellence in patient
care, research, education and technology assessment will be fostered on
state-of-the-art campuses-The Mountain, the Glen and Lachine-and through
strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED(R)-registered campus
will be designed to provide patients and their families with The Best Care for
Life in a healing environment that is anchored in best sustainable development
practices, including BOMA BESt guidelines.

    The McGill University Health Centre is a comprehensive academic health
institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical
programs, research and teaching. Its partner hospitals are the Montreal
Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria
Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and
the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the McGill University Health Centre is to
provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care
field and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.

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For further information:

For further information: Rebecca Ann Burns, Communications Officer,
(514) 934-1934, 71443

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