Thanks to the generosity of the community, the MUHC Foundation is pleased to share that The Best Care for Life Campaign has completed its $50 million dollar matching donation commitment to the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). This achievement was made possible as a result of the collaboration between the MUHC Foundation, the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation.
An international research project, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), reports that a new oral medication is showing significant progress in restoring vision to patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Until now, this inherited retinal disease that causes visual impairment ranging from reduced vision to complete blindness, has remained untreatable. The study is published today in the scientific journal The Lancet.
The construction of the MUHC’s Glen site continues to progress swiftly and efficiently. Slated for completion in September of 2014, patients and their families will be welcomed to the facility in the Spring of 2015. Since officially breaking ground in April 2010, the Glen has been affectionately referred to as the MUHC’s “super hospital”. The nickname, loved by some, and not-so-loved by others, has often been used as result of several MUHC constituent hospitals moving to a single site, along with the 220,000m2 of space available at the Glen. While the number of buildings and the square footage at the Glen are impressive, reporter Ron Stang from the Daily Commercial News breaks down what really makes the Glen site a “superhospital”, and it’s not because of the amount of space. Read his article by clicking here.
Dr. Ronald Fraser, Director of the Extended Care Clinic of the MUHC Personality Disorder Program and Dr. Lise Laporte, PhD, Research Director of the MUHC Personality Disorder Program have written a book entitled The Weather House, geared towards children living with a parent suffering from borderline personality disorder. The illustrated novel provides clinically-accurate and age-appropriate information for children under 12. Touching upon the most frequently asked questions by children, The Weather House also suggests ways for youth to cope with this challenging situation. Through weather pattern analogies, this book aims to help children better understand what is happening at home and to not feel responsible for their parent’s stormy moments.
In the fall, over 80 clinicians-researchers were recognized for their exceptional work at the annual McGill University Health Centre Research Institute Awards Dinner. With grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000, over $3 million was distributed throughout the evening, and one of the recipients was this year’s Kate McGarrigle Fund Fellowship Award winner, Dr. Krista Goulding.
Board Member and and Associate Portfolio Manager at RBC Dominion Securities John Archer explains how easy it is to set up your own charitable foundation. There was a time that, if you wanted to establish a private charitable foundation with which to manage your philanthropic goals, it only made financial sense if you were a multimillionaire. Now, thanks to the modernization of the tax laws as they apply to charitable donations, and increased gifting flexibility of so-called ‘donor advised funds’, you can give like Rockefeller and save (taxes and time) like Scrooge!
For a third consecutive year, the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC) is one of the top 40 research hospitals in Canada. The recent rankings released by Re$earch Infosource Inc. have the RI-MUHC claiming the 2nd overall spot in the country. The results were tallied based on research intensity, which includes both grants and contracts.
The intensive care units (ICU) of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) treat the most vulnerable patients, whether they are in recovery from surgery, have severe medical complications, or have recently experienced sudden trauma. At the new Glen site, there will be a larger space dedicated to intensive care, as an additional eleven beds will be added to the current 22 beds at the Royal Victoria Hospital and 7 beds at the Montreal Chest Institute (which will be moved when both hospitals close in 2015).
McGill University, the McGill University Health Centre, the Jewish General Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Center today announced a major collaboration with a leading philanthropic foundation to contribute to the province’s commitment to enhance cancer care. This initiative, the Rossy Cancer Network (RCN), aims to improve quality of care and patient satisfaction, increase survival rates and reduce the burden of cancer.
As an inspirational tribute to the wonderful care that she received at the McGill University Health Centre, Kate McGarrigle has established the Kate McGarrigle Fund at the MUHC Foundation.
The MUHC Foundation would like to extend its best wishes to Jorn Weisbrodt and Rufus Wainwright for their recent union.
Montreal Cooks has been reprinted! The bestselling book, conceived by volunteer Karen Dubrofsky, with help from friends Donna Rabinovitch and Heidi Gossack‑Majnemer, is back on bookstands—get your copy today!