The Government of Quebec has celebrated the opening of the new buildings of the second phase of construction of the new hospital complex at the University of Montreal (CHUM). The three 25-storey buildings will each house therapeutic and hospital diagnostic services, emergency, and clinical follow-ups as well as clinical and logistical support. The latter includes, among others, laboratories, pharmacy, pathology, and the blood bank. The first patients will be welcomed to the facility on October 8th. This phase follows on from the construction of the CHUM Research Center, which was inaugurated in 2013.
“We can be proud to see this major infrastructure project come to fruition and endow Quebec with one of the largest and most modern university hospital complexes in North America,” said Philippe Couillard, premier of Quebec. “Designed to meet the highest standards of current medicine, it will provide a care experience that is even more focused on patient needs, while stimulating research and enabling our next generation to receive state-of-the-art training. ”
This project represents a total investment of $ 3.6 billion, including a $ 200 million contribution from the Fondation du CHUM, and is carried out in partnership with the Collectif Santé Montréal consortium, which is responsible for the design, construction, financing, and maintenance of the new CHUM. With a total area of 300,000 square meters, the new complex will include 772 single rooms, 50 clinics, and more than 400 examination rooms. Its emergency room will accommodate 65,000 visits per year.
The CHUM is the result of the merger of Hôtel-Dieu in Montréal, Notre-Dame Hospital and Saint-Luc Hospital. The objective of the project was to bring together under one roof all three francophone university hospitals in Montreal. The Hôtel-Dieu will still be part of the CHUM for the next four years. Notre-Dame Hospital will be transferred to the Center for Integrated Health and Social Services in Center-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal to establish a 250-bed community-type hospital. The Saint-Luc Hospitalwill be demolished to make room for phase three of the work. This phase will consist of the construction of an adjacent building to accommodate part of the outpatient clinics, clinico-administrative offices, library, archives, a 500-seat amphitheater, and another parking section.