Montreal, QC – The Quebec government says it has decided to establish the new hospital complex of the University of Montreal (CHUM) at the Saint-Luc hospital site in downtown Montreal. The announcement was made last week by Quebec premier Jean Charest, minister of health and social services Philippe Couillard, and minister of culture and communications Line Beauchamp.
The news was welcomed by groups including the Montreal Board of Trade.
“It is important to maintain the synergy between the construction of Montreal’s two university health centres – CHUM and MUHC if we wish to consolidate our reputation as a centre of excellence for health care and research and help make Montreal a destination of choice for both private investment and top-notch teachers, researchers, and students,” says Isabelle Hudon, president and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. “The construction of the two university health centres plays an essential structuring role in attracting, developing, and retaining Montreal and Quebec expertise in training, biomedical research, and the delivery of state-of-the- art health care. Moreover, both projects also represent a strategic catalyzing investment that, on top of the $1.6 billion invested by the provincial government, will generate additional benefits and spin-offs of some $2 billion, injecting a total of more than $3.6 billion in the Quebec economy, most of which will benefit Greater Montreal,” she adds.