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Unique in Quebec: MUHC has new tertiary and secondary stroke centres


After a successful reorganization of services, two McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) hospitals received new accreditations by the Quebec Ministry of Health: the Montreal General Hospital (MGH) was designated a secondary stroke centre and the Montreal Neurological Hospital (MNH), a tertiary stroke centre. Both units bring together multidisciplinary experts, the latest in scientific advances and state-of-the-art equipment to provide rapid, world-class treatment for stroke victims, reducing death rates and long-term disability.

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MUHC, first in Quebec to conduct islet cell transplant



The MUHC was the first hospital centre in the province to conduct an islet cell transplant, an innovative treatment for type 1 diabetes that does not require surgery and reduces hospital stays ten-fold. The complex process of isolating islet cells from a donor pancreas was achieved at the MUHC Human Islet Transplant Laboratory at the Glen site. This breakthrough is the first step in what researchers hope will be the development of a regional network for this novel therapy.

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MUHC adult psychiatric emergency care gets brand new home at the MGH


The MUHC inaugurated its new Adult Psychiatric Emergency Department at the Montreal General Hospital (MGH). The area will receive close to 4,000 visits per year and consists of a centrally located consultation area, a six-stretcher Psychiatric Emergency Department, plus a seclusion room, and an eight-bed Brief Intervention Unit (BIU) with an additional seclusion room. “This is a calming, healing environment where doctors and nurses are best equipped to take care of patients and to welcome families," said Psychiatrist Dr. Nadia Szkrumelak, chief of the Department of Psychiatry, at the opening.

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MGH Trauma Centre is named after prominent surgeon Dr. David S. Mulder


The MUHC honoured one of its most remarkable surgeons by naming the Montreal General Hospital Trauma Centre the Dr. David S. Mulder Trauma Centre. Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. David Mulder, former surgeon-in-chief of the Montreal General Hospital (MGH), chairman of the Department of Surgery at McGill University, and current chief surgeon of the Montreal Canadiens organization, has played a prominent role in the development of clinical care, teaching and research at the MUHC and McGill University, as well as in the restructuring of trauma care in the province of Quebec.

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Lachine Hospital opens state-of-the-art dialysis unit



Quebec’s Minister of Health, Gaétan Barrette, was present at the inauguration of the MUHC’s new hemodialysis at Lachine Hospital. With 15 hemodialysis stations, the unit provides dialysis care for patients living west of downtown Montreal and parts of the west island. Patients enjoy the convenience of a dedicated entrance with an accessible drop-off area with a ramp, easily accessible parking, a comfortable patient waiting area and a spacious treatment area. The clinic is staffed with a multidisciplinary healthcare team and a dedicated group of volunteers, who visit the patients and provide leisurely activities.

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New MRI scanner will serve obese and claustrophobic patients at Lachine Hospital


A new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner specifically adapted for people suffering from morbid obesity or claustrophobia was installed at Lachine Hospital, a recognized centre of excellence in bariatric surgery in Quebec. "This new machine will allow us to serve not only our patients, but also obese and claustrophobic patients from McGill University’s Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS McGill)," explains Julie Dumaine, chief of Lachine’s Medical Imaging Department. The set-up is designed to minimize the feeling of confinement that can cause considerable distress to people with claustrophobia.

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Going the extra mile to fight TB - McGill International TB Centre fights tuberculosis from the Canadian North to the Global South


TB occurs in every part of the world, but India bears the highest burden of the disease, and many cases remain un-diagnosed. To tackle this global health problem, a subsection of the McGill International TB Centre team, led by associate director Dr. Madhukar Pai, is conducting an innovative research project that engages pharmacists to improve early detection of TB. “Pharmacies are the first point of contact for many undiagnosed patients,” says Dr. Pai. “Engaging pharmacy providers could help shorten the diagnostic pathway for TB and enhance early case detection.”

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MUHC’s Glen site: The first hospital in Quebec to be certified LEED Gold




The Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is the first Quebec hospital to be certified LEED Gold NC (New Construction) by the Canada Green Building Council. The site was built with sustainable development in mind and adheres to the most rigorous environmental standards, contributing to energy savings and healthy airflow. "This certificate exemplifies our commitment to act as a leader of responsible environmental stewardship within the healthcare sector," says Normand Rinfret, president and executive director of the MUHC.

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