MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite the economic downturn, Shriners
Hospitals for Children (SHC) -Canada is deeply into the planning process for
the new Canadian hospital to be located on the Glen Campus in Montreal.
Hospital leadership is currently completing a needs analysis as well as a
feasibility study on community support and fundraising.
While SHC is awaiting the transfer of the south west corner and from the
McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), discussions have been ongoing with the
MUHC as to joint services. These positions have been shared with the MUHC in
recent meetings with Ralph Semb, Chairman, Board of Trustees Shriners
Hospitals for Children.
Even more recently, during his visit to Montreal this week, leader of
Shriners International, Douglas Maxwell, reaffirmed the importance of the
Canadian hospital and the new construction to Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of
Montreal and to the Mayor of the NDG-Côte des Neiges Borough, Michael
"The planning process is moving forward rapidly with the full support
from top Shriners leadership responsible for hospital projects. We will move
to the next phase once we have secured the south west corner land and
furthered our discussions with the MUHC. Our plan is to build along side The
Children's, states SHC-Canada Chairman, Gary Morrison.
Key Steps towards Building in Montreal:
Following the resolution that recognized that the decontamination done at
the Glen Campus covered the 5 acres at the south west corner to be donated to
the Shriners and the entire acreage where the McGill University Health Centre
will build its new facilities, Shriners voted overwhelmingly to approve the
location of the Glen Campus in Montreal at the 133rd Shriners imperial Session
The Joint Boards of Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners
International vote to move ahead with the planning process of the new Shriners
Hospital in Montreal.
Fall 2008 into spring 2009
SHC-Canada management is mandated to update the studies that had been
conducted in 2005 regarding the planning of the physical space required and
the needs to be met in the new facility. Concurrently, a leadership
fundraising committee is struck to discuss fundraising strategies and to
proceed with a feasibility study.
Located in Montreal, SHC-Canada is a bilingual, short term, acute care
centre providing elective pediatric orthopedic health care. The role of the
Shriners Hospitals is to promote health and to provide treatment and
rehabilitation to children with orthopedic and neuromuscular problems. The
Hospital is committed to excellence and innovation in clinical practice,
research and education and to providing a caring environment to families. The
Shriners Hospital is affiliated with McGill University and provides for
clinical experience and teaching for residents and allied professionals. The
Hospital is present in communities across Canada thanks to Telemedicine,
Outreach Clinics and since January 2009 a Satellite Clinic.
For further information:
For further information: Emmanuelle Rondeau, Public Relations, Shriners
Hospitals for Children-Canada, D: (514) 282-7222, C: (514) 347-1114; Gary D.D.
Morrison, Chairman of the Board, is available for interviews.