The New CHUM to welcome its first patients

The Countdown is on!


In one year, practically to the day, the new CHUM will open its doors to its first p atients. W ith c onstruction 8 0% complete, teams are working hard. Since the end of April, the hospital towers have gone up rapidly at the corner of Viger and Saint Denis Street and just steps away from the CHUM Research Centre inaugurated in 2013.

According to Jacques Turgeon, CEO of the CHUM, “the three hospitals that make up the CHUM will finally be on one site! It is a very demanding process for the teams involved but their efforts are well worth it. We must keep in mind that we are moving towards best practices in a unified, structured organization and a state-of –the-art healthcare environment.”

The CHUM will house a 21st century hospital as it leaves behind the three hospitals that have been around for several hundred years. For Jean-François Fortin Verreault, Director of Transformation Services Support, this process is about much more than the construction and a mega-move. “It is an incredible opportunity for the teams to filter and align their best practices as well as learn from each other under the same roof, all for the greater good of the patient.”

Following a ministry decision, a new challenge was added to the huge project undertaken by the CHUM. L'Hôpital Notre-Dame, renamed Hôpital communautaire Notre-Dame (HCND), will be set up and managed by the CHUM until it officially becomes part of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. The CIUSSS will offer additional quality care to its target urban population.

“It is twice as challenging for the CHUM but it is also excellent news for us and for the population,” explains Executive Director Jacques Turgeon. “Managing two hospitals facilitates the transition during the reorganization of care and will allow us to provide a wide range of services to the downtown core population. In addition, costs will be reduced given that the CHUM will occupy part of the HCND until 2020 to house some of its clinics, instead of renting temporary space.”

With regards to staffing, the majority of employees will be relocated to their new working stations by the end of 2015.

Key phases in the transfer to the new CHUM

  • April 22, 2016 – CHUM to get keys to the new hospital
  • April to July 2016 - Preparation of physical spaces
  • July 2016 – Welcoming new patients until October
  • August 2016 – Hôpital Saint-Luc officially closes
  • Fall 2016 – Demolition of HSL, closing of HD and opening of HCND

HSL : Hôpital Saint-Luc / HD : Hôtel-Dieu / HCND : Hôpital communautaire Notre-Dame

What to expect at the new CHUM in 2016

For the patient

  • Environment conducive to healing and well-being
  • 772 single patient rooms to ensure infection control and offer greater privacy for critically ill patients
  • Separate hospital and ambulatory (day clinics) zones to create a tranquil environment for hospitalized patients.
  • Dedicated elevators for patients
  • Complete air renewal: a minimum of 6 times per hour; every 10 minutes in the patient rooms and 20 times per hour (every 3 minutes) in the operating rooms

For the visitor

  • Pleasant public spaces and exceptional views of Montreal
  • Common corridors close to windows to promote positive spatial flow within the Hospital
  • Large cafeteria, eating areas and outdoor terrace – capacity for 60 people
  • Wi-fi/Internet access
  • Direct indoor access to the Champ-de-Mars metro station

For staff

  • Clinical concept supporting interdisciplinary work
  • Greater degree of standardization of units and clinics
  • Vertical integration of movement to decrease distances to cover
  • State-of-the-art working environment

Significant differences between a University teaching hospital and a community hospital

The CHUM is known for its specialized care and the expertise of its specialists offered to patients not only from the greater Montreal region but also the entire province of Quebec. If you have an accident that requires replantation of a main limb, such as an arm, hand or finger, you will be treated at the CHUM regardless of where you live. The CHUM is also renowned for its expertise with burn victims and patients who require transplants and grafts (lungs, heart, kidneys, pancreas and liver). A teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Montreal, the CHUM’s mission is the search for new knowledge through research and teaching, the application of innovative approaches to healthcare, as well as the evaluation of technology and the promotion of patient-centered health care. Ultimately, the CHUM follows a global approach to promoting healthcare by focussing on patient care, training the next generation of physicians and searching for causes of disease to find new treatments.

The new CHUM in numbers:

  • 772 single patient rooms, including space for family members
  • 39 operating rooms
  • 443 exam rooms
  • Emergency room that will accommodate 65,000 visitors per year
  • Teaching hospital offering specialized and highly specialized care, research and education, evaluation of technologies, healthcare procedures and promotion of health and well-being

Hôpital communautaire Notre-Dame (HCND)

A community hospital’s mandate is to serve its community and establish close relationships with its network, such as social services, home care etc. As Dr. Michèle de Guise, Assistant Director of Professional Services and Access Mechanisms, explains, “At l'Hôpital communautaire Notre-Dame, we have the possibility to offer services based on the needs of the target population. In this area, young girls come in contact with older people and certain social situations require specific interventions.” The HCND will continue to offer significant specialized care in psychiatry and will also house an addiction treatment unit which is unique for a community hospital in Quebec.

HCND in numbers:

  • 244 beds in 2016, 10 for addiction treatment
  • 301 beds by 2020
  • Emergency that will treat 49,000 visitors per year.

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