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Jewish General gets go-ahead for $53.4 million expansion

MONTREAL The Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital (JGH) has announced a $53.4 million expansion in infrastructure for cardiology, cancer care and dialysis services.

The hospital will add several new floors to the existing building of Pavilion E. The announcement was made earlier in July by Philippe Couillard, Quebec minister of health and social services.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall and will provide desperately needed space for the hospital's burgeoning clinical and research programs. In addition, it will infuse and energize developing clinical programs in cancer care and cardiology with concrete physical attributes. The expansion will consist of 6 1/2 floors, three for clinical care, two for research, and one and a half for mechanical purposes.

The Nephrology department will also expand in order to alleviate the shortage of services for dialysis patients. Currently, the department has 15 permanent dialysis stations with 3 overflow stations. Twelve more stations will soon be added, 6 of which will be in operation before the winter, which will allow the department to treat new patients.

"This expansion will allow the hospital to continue its reputation for providing avant-garde, first-rate, humane and compassionate care that is centred on the needs of patients and their families," said hospital president Stanley K. Plotnick.

"We are grateful to the Quebec government for approving this expansion," said executive director Henri Elbaz. "We look forward to alleviating serious space deficits in many areas and enhancing our research program."

This expansion is the result of a unique partnership between the government, the hospital and devoted and generous donors from the private sector. The lead donors for this expansion are Leanor and Alvin Segal and family.

The Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital is an acute care McGill University teaching hospital with 637 beds, serving patients from across the province of Quebec and beyond. Celebrating 70 years of service, the hospital is committed to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and research, and has earned a reputation for excellence in many clinical specialities such as Cardiology, Neonatology, Family Medicine, Oncology and Emergency Medicine, among many others.