Montreal General Hospital, with its ER from the 'dark ages,' to get $300M revamp
Anglo network's trauma centre was built in 1956 and has not been renovated since
Quebec is ramping up to invest $300 million to renovate and expand the Montreal General Hospital.
It's starting by investing $2 million in a modernization study of the 62-year-old building — where some emergency rooms were described as from the "dark ages" by a leading trauma surgeon who works there, Dr. David Mulder.
The General, part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), is one of three ultra-specialized trauma centres in Quebec, and the only one in downtown Montreal.
But the building the trauma centre now occupies opened in 1956, and its emergency and operating rooms have not been renovated since, said Mulder, the MUHC's director of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.
However, Mulder said, four of the hospital's dozen operating rooms are closed because they are too small to work in.
"The English community, I think, has been waiting for this announcement for a long while," said Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, who outlined the plan at the hospital Thursday.
Barrette said hospitals like the Montreal General were built to older standards and are "not as flexible for surgeons" as they should be.
He didn't want to give a firm timeline as to when renovations or additions would be complete, but he said that after the study is done, construction will take a minimum of four years.
With files from Elias Abboud