Glen site of the MUHC
When the MUHC got the green light to build its new hospital at the Glen site, it had achieved its goal of regrouping its medical services in cutting-edge facilities while also redefining its patient-centered care practices to better meet the present and future needs of healthcare. With more than 220,000m2 of space, the hospital at the Glen site unites adult and pediatric medicine and research on a single site, a first in Canada.
In April 2010, ground was broken at the Glen site of the MUHC. This complex, which now houses the new Montreal Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal Chest Institute, the Cedars Cancer Centre, and the Research Institute of the MUHC, was officially inaugurated in June of 2015 after completing the largest hospital move ever in North America.
Patients and their families were at the heart of the design and layout of the new hospital. The introduction of 100% single-patient rooms (a standard that will be throughout all MUHC hospitals) provides patients with increased privacy, enough space for a family member to stay overnight, and a private bathroom. Medical equipment can be transported in and out of each room, and most importantly, single-patient rooms help limit the spread of hospital-acquired infections.
The Glen site of the MUHC is not only a great improvement from the patient’s perspective, but research and teaching are also benefitting from this new facility. Researchers are in closer proximity to both adult and pediatric medicine, allowing them easier access to patients for clinical trials, helping to foster new discoveries and cures at a faster rate. Students can also practice complex surgical techniques outside of the operating room thanks to high-tech simulators, and the introduction of telemedicine and additional communications technologies has allowed for remote teaching, giving an opportunity for students to learn from other medical professionals in Canada and around the world.
As a leader in sustainability, the MUHC also chose to design and operate the new hospital according to a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard, which includes reducing water consumption, improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and using sustainable building materials and resources. The Glen site project is the first Quebec hospital to obtain this certification.
With its healing gardens and abundance of natural, the hospital at the Glen site is a patient-centred facility that helps to not only heal the body, but also the soul. It has helped the MUHC transform the way in which it delivers the highest level of care to our population, ensuring that all patients truly receive the best care for life.