CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

January 06, 2005 14:21 ET

City of Montreal/The New CHUM: an Integrated Health and Knowledge Centre


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JANUARY 6, 2005 - 14:21 ET

City of Montreal/The New CHUM: an Integrated Health
and Knowledge Centre

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - The Mayor of Montreal,
Mr. Gerald Tremblay, recommends that the new CHUM should consist of a
centre that integrates a university hospital, health education
faculties, laboratories and research centres, as well as enterprises
dedicated to innovation. "The time has come for us to break this impasse
and raise the level of debate. It is time to put an end to our rivalries
and work together so that we can identify what we want the CHUM to be as
an institution of health and knowledge, as well as a lever for social
and economic development," the Mayor said.

"When we talk about investing hundreds of millions of dollars, it seems
necessary to ensure that we offer the best care to patients, and that we
integrate the project into a vision of long-term development. In other
words, let us first agree on the concept, then we can determine the best
site for this project," he added.

Given the scope of the investments required and the stakes involved,
Mayor Tremblay invited the Government of Quebec to focus its reflection
on the notion of an integrated health and knowledge centre. This is a
key concept, given the significance of the life-sciences sector in the
metropolitan economy, and since Montreal, which ranks 8th among North
American cities in terms of its bio-pharmaceutical industry, already has
many significant assets in this area.

The Mayor also asserted that the City of Montreal, as a key player in
this project, must be closely associated with the government's planning,
as well as with all the steps involved in creating the new CHUM. In this
manner, the City of Montreal will be in a position to know the impact on
the existing networks and ensure a true evaluation of the costs
involved, all while contributing to improving the quality of life and
care offered to its citizens.

Finally, Mayor Gerald Tremblay invited all the parties within the health
and education sectors to unite around an integrated project that
everyone can buy into, one which will create value and contribute to the
development of its key sector, the life-sciences. "The time has come for
us to make a decision that will allow us to rally all the concerned
parties around an inspiring project that people will buy into with great
enthusiasm, which will create value and that will contribute to the
social and economic development of our City," the Mayor said in closing.

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