Building the Future: New MUHC-Glen Campus

Fall 2010

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Glen Campus signals a giant leap forward into a new era of “personalized medicine,” which will be of enormous benefit to Montreal, Quebec, and indeed, the world. The long-awaited project, in development since 1997, was finally announced in April 2010. Construction began in June and is slated to finish in 2014. It will be home to the best clinical care, innovative education and cutting-edge research.

“I can’t wait to see the extraordinary promise unleashed by these new facilities on our quest to become a centre of excellence in personalized medicine,” says VP-Dean Richard I. Levin. “It offers so much in terms of how we can improve the care we give our patients, the learning experience we can offer our students and residents, and the vital research work we will be able to do here to take on and defeat the world’s most serious diseases.”

Implementing private rooms for all patients – a first in Canada – will be one of many major improvements in the health care experience at the MUHC Glen Campus. This will ensure privacy and confidentiality, limit the spread of infections, allow loved ones to participate in treatment, as well as help staff in their work thanks to new and improved ergonomic designs. An investment of over $190-million in medical equipment, much of it mobile, gives caregivers the latest, most effective tools.

New MUHC-Glen Campus. Image courtesy of MUHC.

Each floor will have 36 private rooms, organized in clusters of 12, so that the multi-disciplinary teams of caregivers have practically everything they need close at hand. This will reduce time spent travelling, meaning more time with each patient. Inside every patient room will be a flat screen TV, so that doctors can consult the patient’s schedule and show videos that explain how an operation will proceed; patients, for their part, will be able to check on the cafeteria menu or simply enjoy a variety of entertainment options. Imma Franco, associate director of planning, programming and services for the new MUHC, points out that the private rooms will be built in order to be adaptable to emerging technologies – telemetry, for example, which enables the remote monitoring of patient progress.

Linked to the hospital will be the MUHC Research Institute, housing over 600 researchers, 1,200 graduate students and 250 post-doctoral students. The scientific research will be structured to promote areas of excellence and will complement investigations taking place across McGill’s life sciences research community to advance discoveries and foster collaboration in translational research. “The objective is to link clinical care, research and teaching for specific disciplines,” says Franco. And so while many investigators and clinicians will move to the MUHC Glen Campus, some will stay where existing teams continue to flourish – Orthopedics research, for example, will stay at the MUHC Mountain Campus (Montreal General Hospital).

Between the MUHC Glen Campus hospital proper and the Research Institute will be the Centre for Innovative Medicine, where the “bench to bedside” ethos also will be exemplified. This will enable physicians to better communicate directly to researchers the kind of questions to which they need answers. It’s another example of the MUHC’s culture of integration and collaboration that will unleash further breakthroughs in medicine and health care.

In the next issue of In Focus, explore in-depth the redevelopment projects underway within McGill’s affiliated teaching hospital network from the perspective of educators, researchers, clinicians, nurses and developers.

The MUHC Glen Campus is a public-private partnership led by SNC-Lavalin. The project’s total cost is $1.3-billion and will meet the highest in sustainable environmental practices as approved by LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design).

The public can actually watch the MUHC Glen Campus take shape in real time by watching the MUHC webcam. The MUHC Glen Campus is one of several projects underway at the affiliated hospital network that is paving the way for the 21st century of health care. Visit www.muhc.ca for more information.

Private patient room. Image courtesy of MUHC.

Cafeteria. Image courtesy of MUHC.

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complement investigations taking place across McGill’s life sciences research
community to advance discoveries and foster collaboration in translational
research. “The objective is to link clinical care, research and teaching for specific
disciplines,” says Franco. And so while many investigators and clinicians
will move to the MUHC Glen Campus, some will stay where existing teams
continue to flourish – Orthopedics research, for example, will stay at the MUHC
Mountain Campus (Montreal General Hospital).
Between the MUHC Glen Campus hospital proper and the Research Institute
will be the Centre for Innovative Medicine, where the “bench to bedside” ethos
also will be exemplified. This will enable physicians to better communicate
directly to researchers the kind of questions to which they need answers.
It’s another example of the MUHC’s culture of integration and collaboration
that will unleash further breakthroughs in medicine and health care.
In the next issue of In Focus, explore in-depth the redevelopment projects
underway within McGill’s affiliated teaching hospital network from the
perspective of educators, researchers, clinicians, nurses and developers.
The MUHC Glen Campus is a public-private partnership led by SNC-Lavalin.
The project’s total cost is $1.3-billion and will meet the highest in sustainable
environmental practices as approved by LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy
and Environment Design).
The public can actually watch the MUHC Glen Campus take shape in real time
by watching the MUHC webcam. The MUHC Glen Campus is one of several
projects underway at the affiliated hospital network that is paving the way for
the 21st century of health care. Visit www.muhc.ca for more information.me d i c i n e 7

complement investigations taking place across McGill’s life sciences research

community to advance discoveries and foster collaboration in translational

research. “The objective is to link clinical care, research and teaching for specific

disciplines,” says Franco. And so while many investigators and clinicians

will move to the MUHC Glen Campus, some will stay where existing teams

continue to flourish – Orthopedics research, for example, will stay at the MUHC

Mountain Campus (Montreal General Hospital).

Between the MUHC Glen Campus hospital proper and the Research Institute

will be the Centre for Innovative Medicine, where the “bench to bedside” ethos

also will be exemplified. This will enable physicians to better communicate

directly to researchers the kind of questions to which they need answers.

It’s another example of the MUHC’s culture of integration and collaboration

that will unleash further breakthroughs in medicine and health care.

In the next issue of In Focus, explore in-depth the redevelopment projects

underway within McGill’s affiliated teaching hospital network from the

perspective of educators, researchers, clinicians, nurses and developers.

The MUHC Glen Campus is a public-private partnership led by SNC-Lavalin.

The project’s total cost is $1.3-billion and will meet the highest in sustainable

environmental practices as approved by LEEDTM (Leadership in Energy

and Environment Design).

The public can actually watch the MUHC Glen Campus take shape in real time

by watching the MUHC webcam. The MUHC Glen Campus is one of several

projects underway at the affiliated hospital network that is paving the way for

the 21st century of health care. Visit www.muhc.ca for more information.

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