The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnson with Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess.

On June 8, over 150 guests joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation in honouring the achievements of Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess. Synonymous with the MUHC for over 60 years, these newlyweds and Columbia University medical school graduates came to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in the 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.

Many former colleagues of Drs. Cruess, along with family and close friends attended the celebration, including David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. In addition to recognizing their exceptional contributions to patient care and medical education, the MUHC Foundation announced the launch of a $10 million fundraising campaign in honour of Drs. Cruess. All of the funds raised will support continued excellence in research at the MUHC.

As a tertiary and quaternary care healthcare facility, the MUHC provides treatments and medical testing that other hospitals simply cannot offer. Its ability to continuously offer highly-specialized care is thanks in great part to the innovative research that is taking place at the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC).  The funds raised in honour of Drs. Cruess will benefit the priorities of the RI-MUHC including professorships, fellowships, and studentships, as well as the creation of a Research Ignition Fund.

“Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess have made immeasurable contributions to the MUHC,” says Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation.  “We are very proud to be honouring them with our new fundraising campaign, and when we reach our $10 million objective, we will be naming the amphitheatre of the Research Institute of the MUHC after them,” she states.

To learn more about the fundraising campaign in honour of Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess, please click here.

Click on the video below to hear the story of the Drs. Cruess life, love, and legacy.