The MUHC signs Mount Royal heritage pact


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is pleased to announce that it signed this afternoon, in the presence of Mr. Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal, and Ms. Christine St-Pierre, Minister of Culture and Communications, the Pacte patrimonial du mont Royal, which comprises fourteen institutions located on the mountain. By signing this pact, the MUHC has reinforced its commitment to protect and emphasize the heritage of Mount Royal.

“Mount Royal is a major part of the MUHC’s history, as it has been home to four of our five founding hospitals,” explained Dr. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of the MUHC. “We are proud to concretely demonstrate our desire to act in the best interest of the mountain and will continue to implement sustainable initiatives in this direction.”

This agreement aims to preserve and celebrate the natural and architectural heritage of Mount Royal, including that of the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, and the Royal Victoria Hospital, while allowing the harmonious evolution of the signing institutions. These buildings and their connected infrastructure represent the institutional legacy of the mountain and will remain a permanent fixture of Montreal’s landscape. The Montreal Children’s Hospital was also located on the mountain’s side on Cedar Avenue from 1909 to 1956.

Through its Redevelopment Project, the MUHC intends to improve the urban integration of the Montreal General Hospital by developing this site to include activities of the Montreal Neurological Hospital. The new Mountain Campus will be designed based on the current building envelopes in order to preserve the views of the mountain as well as the hospital’s architectural heritage. Aware of its impact on the surrounding natural environment, the MUHC also intends to pursue the project’s environmental and sustainable objectives, namely through the LEED certifications of the Canada Green Building Council and the Go Green program of BOMA Canada.

About the MUHC Redevelopment Project
Guided by its mission and its role as the nerve centre of the McGill integrated university hospital network, the MUHC is carrying out a $1.579-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 two state-of-art campuses—The Mountain and the Glen—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 Go Green guidelines.

About the McGill University Health Centre
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University — the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, 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.

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