Message from RUIS McGill Chair
As the newly appointed President of RUIS McGill, I am proud and very honoured to share in the accomplishments, challenges and learning that take place in this community every day. The past twelve months have been an exceptional and progressive time for RUIS McGill, which I know has evolved markedly since its creation nearly a decade ago.
In 2003, RUIS McGill began as a collaborative effort between partner institutions and the Quebec Ministry of Health. Over the years, thousands of dedicated practitioners in regions as far north as the villages of Nunavik to the urban boroughs in Montreal’s west end have been offering care to patients living very diverse physical and socio economic realities.
By working closely with the Ministry and our regional partners, we have succeeded in launching new programs, like those initiated through telehealth and the chronic pain self-management program, the latter of which was recently recognized for the excellence of its innovative approach. We have also brought training to Gatineau, Val d’Or and Chateauguay, among many other sites. All of these accomplishments are helping us to improve services critical to our communities.
The unique experiences of our leaders are also invaluable in realizing the RUIS McGill mandate. The past year saw many changes in RUIS McGill leadership, including the appointment of Mr. Normand Rinfret as Director General and CEO of the McGill University Health Centre and Vice-President of RUIS McGill, Ms. Lynn McVey as Executive Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Ms. Martine Alfonso as Associate Executive Director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC. These individuals, together with the entire leadership tea, are crucial in carrying out our mandate to bring specialized health care, education and research to Quebecers across the expansive RUIS McGill territory.
By combining our knowledge, experiences and strengths, we can best tackle our province’s health care priorities – aging, chronic pain, children’s health, oncology and mental health, to name a few. During the inaugural RUIS McGill Symposium this past spring, we came away with distinct examples of current and new practices in care, education and patient engagement. The commitment and activities ongoing throughout our territory were impressive, to say the least. The task now is to build on these, to achieve sustainable results in those areas that will benefit our regions most.
I look forward to working with you, learning from our accomplishments and challenges, and moving the RUIS McGill mission forward steadily in this decade.
David Eidelman, MDCM
President, RUIS McGill
Vice-principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine