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Lachine Hospital Launches $3 Million Fundraising Campaign

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Published: 23 Nov 2009

Community leaders including Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin will participate tomorrow in the launch of the Lachine Hospital Foundation’s most ambitious campaign in its history.

Community leaders including Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin will participate tomorrow in the launch of the Lachine Hospital Foundation’s most ambitious campaign in its history. The Lachine Division of The Best Care for Life Campaign aims to raise $3 million for the Lachine Campus of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), which includes Hôpital Lachine and Pavillon Camille Lefebvre, although the renovations are exclusively for Hôpital Lachine.  Funds raised will be used to support renovations and the acquisition of new state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the MUHC’s commitment to making the Lachine Campus a centre of excellence in geriatric medicine, bariatric surgery and ophthalmology.

“One of the Lachine Hospital’s strengths has always been the support it has received over the years from the community it serves,” explained Claude Dauphin, Honourary Chairman of the Campaign. “I am confident that local residents and businesses will rally once again around our hospital – one which has a renewed sense of purpose and is so vital to our well-being and quality of life.”

“Funds donated will provide help to revitalize Lachine Campus, completely transforming the facilities, including 30% more space,” said Jacques Filion, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lachine Hospital Foundation. “Its impact will be far-reaching as we move towards providing all of our patients with private rooms and our healthcare professionals with improved equipment.”

Lachine Hospital and Camille-Lefebvre Pavilion became part of the McGill University Health Centre in April 2008, forming what is now known as the Lachine Campus. At the time the Government of Quebec announced a $ 54.8 million dollar investment in capital improvements and new equipment. The Foundation committed to raising an additional $3 million from the private sector, foundations, public institutions, staff from the Lachine Hospital and other individuals. More than $1.1 million has already been raised. This investment is part of the $2.25 billion MUHC redevelopment project, which also includes the Mountain and the Glen campuses.

New Resources provide the best care

With the implementation of 79 single patient rooms, patients will benefit from more privacy, enhanced air quality and infection control that will help speed recovery and healing, not to mention a relaxing atmosphere for families and friends to visit and stay overnight.

“We have also installed a new high-precision CT scanner bundled with all the most recent digital 3D and 4D images reconstruction software. This allows for live imaging of inner structures while reducing the time that the patient is submitted to the procedure,” noted Jocelyne Faille, Administrative Director of the Lachine Campus. “Although a lot has happened since joining the MUHC, the concrete evidence of change and improvement remains unseen. With the completion of the long processes to determine the clinical plan, as well as the plan for renovations, including a state of the art operating theater for bariatric surgery, it is now time for the major renovations to begin.”

“This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the health of our community.  This project is already under way but it will take the commitment of everyone in our caring community to complete the job,” expressed Claude Dauphin.

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) 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 and Institute, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital. The goal of the MUHC 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.

About the MUHC Redevelopment Project

Guided by its mission and its role as co-leaders of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a $2.2-billion 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 three state-of-the-art campuses—The Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—and through strong relationships with healthcare partners. Each LEED®-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. www.muhc.ca/construction

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.  Under the leadership of campaign chairman John A. Rae and conducted as a partnership of the Foundations of the McGill University Health Centre, including the Best Care for Children Campaign led by the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the campaign has already raised more than $210 million. muhc.ca/cause

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For more information please contact:

Danielle Taylor
Public Affairs and Strategic Planning
514.934.1934 ext 34319danielle [dot] taylor [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
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