Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada Officially Opens!

MONTREAL, Oct. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Monday, October 5th, 2015, Shriners Hospitals for Children®Canada will greet its first patient at its new state of the art and family friendly home at the Glen site. "We are ready to officially open our new hospital to patients," proudly announces Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada.

 "The first patients will be going to appointments in the ambulatory clinic. Our rehabilitation services are also resuming," explains Dr. Reggie Hamdy, Surgeon in Chief at Canada Shriners Hospital. "The kids will love coming into the ambulatory clinic area as the counters and walls are adorned with over 750 donated hockey sticks and pucks. It's so important to add some fun, it helps the healing process."

The first patients will be seen in the hospital's outpatient clinics. Over the coming weeks, the hospital will be ramping-up activities gradually. "Indeed we did not have to transfer patients by ambulance," explains Ms. Doray. "As our surgeries and clinics are elective, we had the opportunity to move employees first, giving them extra time to prepare for patients. That being said, hospital staff and doctors have been familiarizing themselves with the new hospital, training on the new equipment and preparing the hospital to welcome patients and families since mid-August."

An Impressive Past, A Promissing Future

After 90 years at its Cedar Avenue home, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada said goodbye on Friday, September 25th, 2015.  "The building served us well, but we needed more space and greater technology, and our new Glen site home provides that and more," says Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International. "Since 1925, the only Shriners Hospital in Canada has become known as a world leader in research and teaching as well as a model for collaboration with other pediatric centres and Shrine Hospitals. That outstanding record will only improve in our new, modern, facility," adds Mr. Gantt.

"We've made numerous advancements over the past 90 years," explains Dr. Hamdy. "Our Canadian hospital has become a world leader in treating osteogenegis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), scoliosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, club feet, chest wall deformities and many other complex or rare bone conditions. I am confident we will see continued achievements over the coming years in this new high tech home."  

Media invitation

Media are invited to cover the entrance of the first patient at the new Shriners Hospital at the Glen site. Available for media interviews will be: patients, staff members, Ms. Céline Doray, Administrator of the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada and Mr. Jerry Gantt, Imperial Potentate Shriners International.

When: Monday, October 5th, 2015 

Time: 11 a.m.

Address: Glen site, 1003 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1


Media Parking:

As patients and their families will do, go into the regular underground parking area and continue to P3-A140. Follow signs for Shriners Hospital. You will come in through the P3-level entrance to Canada Shriners Hospital. Bring your parking ticket with you - we will give you a replacement ticket to receive free parking.

More about Shriners Hospital at the Glen Site

The new Glen site building nearly triples the size of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, allowing the hospital to offer more services to an ever growing number of young patients. The 207 000 sq. ft. facility includes 22 single-patient rooms and four surgical suites - including one equipped with an O-arm surgical Imaging System for spine surgery.

As education is one of the pillars of the hospital's mission, a new Education Centre has been incorporated as well. This new 200-seat conference room, which is equipped with the latest multimedia technology and linked to the operating rooms and surgical skills laboratory, will be a unique training and communications centre.

Generous Community Support

The Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Capital Campaign aims to raise $130-million ($127-million for construction and equipment and $3-million for the Francis Glorieux Chair in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Research). Thanks to the incredible support of the community, we have raised over $124-millon, leaving us just under $6-million to go before Spring 2016 when the campaign ends. A huge thank you to the thousands of individuals and corporations who have contributed so far.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada

Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian establishment within the network of 22 Shriners Hospitals, the others located in the U.S. and Mexico. The bilingual, short-term, acute care hospital provides ultra-specialized orthopaedic care to children from coast to coast, the U.S. and around the world. The mission of the hospital is to promote health and provide treatment and rehabilitation to infants, children and young adults with orthopaedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, brittle bone disease, club feet, hip dysplasia, leg length discrepancies and cerebral palsy. The hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice, research and education and to ensuring patients and their families are treated in a caring, family-friendly environment. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to telemedicine, outreach clinics and two satellite clinics located in Winnipeg and Halifax. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping kids reach their full potential for 90 years and counting.

Information for families and patients

For information about the new hospital or questions, please call our community line
514-282-8548 or email

You may also visit our website for more details on our move and accessing the new hospital at:

SOURCE Shriners Hospitals For Children

For further information: Emmanuelle Rondeau, Communications & Marketing Manager, W: 514-282-6990, C: 514-207-1057,; Caroline Phaneuf, Public Relations, 514-778-5092,


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