February 7, 2018, colleagues, friends, and supporters joined Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess at a dedication ceremony to recognize their lifelong commitment to patient care and teaching, and to officially name the Amphitheatre of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in their honour.
This celebration was part of the MUHC Foundation’s ongoing $10 million research fundraising campaign in Drs. Cruess’ honour. Launched only 8 short months ago, the community has been inspired by these medical luminaries to contribute almost $7 million and counting, which will support professorships, fellowships, and studentships, as well as a research ignition fund.
“Drs. Cruess have helped increase the quality and delivery of medical care in our city,” says Claire Trottier and Lucy Riddell, Co-Chairs of the campaign in honour of Drs. Cruess. “As physicians, their careers have revolved around caring for those in need, and though they have never asked for any recognition, they most certainly deserve it,” they explain.
Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation, is very pleased that the community continues to hear the call for support. “We have achieved nearly 70% of our objective, and this is thanks in great part to the generosity of our donors, including the Stevenson Family, the Doggone Foundation, and the Trottier Family Foundation,” she explains. “Drs. Cruess’ impact continues to be felt at the MUHC, and naming the Amphitheatre of the RI-MUHC, one of the most frequently used meeting spaces in the hospital, is fitting as the next generation of medical professionals will be reminded and inspired by Sylvia and Richard’s contributions,” she states.
Synonymous with the MUHC for over 60 years, Drs. Cruess were newlyweds and Columbia University medical school graduates when they came to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in the late 1950s. They instantly fell in love with the culture and people working at the hospital, and what started as a temporary stay in Montreal evolved into the city becoming their permanent home.