Advanced clinical and research wings at Ste-Justine
November 16, 2016
MONTREAL – Ste-Justine Hospital has opened an advanced birthing facility, along with a new research centre, operating rooms and other clinical spaces. Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette (pictured), who inaugurated the spacious facilities, praised Ste-Justine for its forward-thinking approach in seeking to expand and modernize.
“There’s not a person on the planet who specializes in pediatrics who hasn’t heard of Ste-Justine,” Barrette said. “There’s not a person on the planet in pediatrics who does not recognize the excellence of Ste-Justine.”
Barrette noted that the Montreal hospital’s new birthing centre is the largest in Canada and the second largest in North America after a hospital in Texas.
Barrette said the $940-million project was built on time and on budget, however, the Montreal Gazette reports the cost to taxpayers of upgrading the hospital has soared by more than 400 per cent in the past decade.
During a tour of the birthing centre, Barrette – who is a radiologist by profession – marvelled at some of the equipment, especially in the medical imaging department. In a lighthearted moment, he said he couldn’t resist handling some of the new equipment himself.
The new clinical and research wings have increased Ste-Justine’s surface area by 65 per cent. Most of the construction has been completed, but the redevelopment of existing buildings is expected to end in 2018.
Among the highlights of the project:
- Ste-Justine is to house a total of 419 patient rooms, all of them private and each with its own toilet and shower. Of that number, 14 have been set aside for the birthing centre, including a special room for twins or triplets.
- There are 11 state-of-the-art operating rooms and three rooms for medical imaging and other procedures.
- The research centre is to specialize in both fundamental and clinical advances, with 82 labs.
Fabrice Brunet, executive director of both Ste-Justine and the Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM), said the new facilities will benefit from the finest medical technology and design, including a “an orthopedic operating room of the future, where surgeons will be guided by artificial intelligence.”
“There is not an area of Ste. Justine that does not have the latest in technology,” Brunet said.