St Mary's Hospital Centre granted its university-affiliated hospital (CHAU) status by the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux

    MONTREAL, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic
Development, Innovation and Export Trade and minister responsible for the
Montreal area and MNA of Outremont, visited St Mary's Hospital Center today to
officially announce, on behalf of the ministre de la Santé et des Services
sociaux, that the Center has been designated a university-affiliated hospital
    Mr. Bachand met with the media accompanied by David Levine, Chief
Executive Officer of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de
Montréal, Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill
University, Dr. Richard Levin, Vice-Principal, Health Affairs and Dean of the
McGill Faculty of Medicine, Richard J. Renaud, Chair and Dr. Arvind K. Joshi,
Director General and CEO of St Mary's.
    Even though St Mary's Hospital Center has worked closely with McGill
University for many years, this new designation will raise its profile as a
teaching hospital, particularly at the graduate and clinical research level.
"It goes without saying that our clientele, which is our primary focus, will
benefit from these concerted efforts," says Dr. Joshi.
    CHAUs play a leading role in the area of teaching and research, and are
also committed to providing high quality health care. "This designation
encompasses both obligations and responsibilities, which we intend to assume
fully and with pride. I would also like to thank the Health and Social
Services Department team for the confidence it has placed in us at this time,"
stressed Dr. Joshi.

    St Mary's Hospital Center provides patient and family-focused care to a
multicultural population. An integral part of the Réseau universitaire intégré
de santé (RUIS) McGill since its inception, the institution has collaborated
with that university and other health and social services partners for many

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For further information: Julie Plamondon, Director of Communications and
Community Affairs, St. Mary's Hospital Center, (514) 734-2665,

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