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Canada Shriners Hospital's contribution to health care recognized by Government of Quebec

Renewed subsidy agreement

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement with the Quebec Government for the renewal of its annual funding. This funding of $23.9 million dollars annually, supports the care costs for children of Quebec. Shriners Hospitals for Children continues to cover all building and equipment, medical and administrative staffing, research, teaching, school, child life and social services expenses. The Shriners Fraternity administers funds to provide for necessary medical transportation costs.

“We wish to thank the Quebec Government and specifically Health Minister Gaétan Barrette, for taking the time to work with us, recognizing the specialized care we continue to provide, as well as our role in pediatric care in Quebec. The Government’s ongoing support, and today’s announcement of funding in the amount of $23.9 million annually, is exceptional. It will help us continue to provide top-level orthopaedic care to the children of Quebec and beyond,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Why now?

In the last five years, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada has seen a dramatic increase in its patient population, especially since the hospital moved to its new location at the Glen site in Montreal, in 2015. This move more than doubled space dedicated to care, teaching and research. Referrals have increased by 24 percent, the number of visits in ambulatory care by 33 percent and rehabilitative services by 61 percent. Last year, our hospital performed more than 1,000 surgeries and still has the capacity for more. As part of the Shriners Hospitals network, this hospital offers specialty orthopaedic care to children from across Canada, the Northeast U.S. and around the world. Currently, the majority of these new patients are from the province of Quebec.

“This is a win-win announcement! Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada provides many medical resources to the community and the population, all of which is privately funded. For example, our new hospital was built and equipped with the latest technologies, entirely thanks to the support of the Shriners fraternity and hundreds of very generous donors. We teach more than 100 residents and medical students annually. We also have Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral students in our laboratories. We also have nursing, rehabilitation, social services and even housekeeping students. Our research has yielded discoveries that have changed the lives of children here and around the world. We are proud of our contributions and we are very grateful for this renewed support,” said Bill Miller, chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada is a truly special place where children and families are, and have always been, at the center of all the decisions we make. On behalf of our staff and all the children and families we treat, we wish to extend our sincere thanks to the Quebec Government. We look forward to working closely together along with our local and community partners to ensure access to care for children, as well as providing more continuing education for health care providers,” concluded Jacques Boissonneault, administrator, Shriners Hospitals for Children —Canada. 

Some background

In 1925, many major cities across Canada and North America faced a polio crisis. Shriners Hospitals for Children opened a hospital in Montreal, the ninth in North America. Polio was followed by tuberculosis and rickets, all the while more and more children from Quebec and other provinces came to the Montreal hospital seeking care for conditions such as juvenile arthritis, club feet and bone malformations. The Shriners fraternity was determined to help children in need wherever they may be. Even in these early years, links were established with McGill University and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

In 1973, when health insurance was introduced in Canada, Shriners Hospitals for Children came to an agreement with the Quebec Government. The hospital remained private, but operated within the Quebec Healthcare network and received support for the care of Quebec patients. This first agreement amended in 1983, was indexed the following years, but without provisions for increases in the number of patients seen.

Since then, Shriners Hospitals for Children continued to invest in their Montreal hospital, opening a basic research centre in 1973. Funded by Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Shriners fraternity and donors, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada has remained at the cutting edge of care and technology. Research has expanded to include innovative clinical and nursing research. This was also the case for the expansions to the legacy site in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the construction of the new hospital completed in 2015.

The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and works closely with the McGill University Health Centre, the Montreal Children’s Hospital and CHU Sainte-Justine, all the while continuing to develop ties with additional hospitals and care centres in outlying regions. The hospital is present in communities across Canada, thanks to telemedicine, satellite clinics and outreach clinics in Gatineau (Quebec), Gander (Newfoundland), Bathurst (New Brunswick) and a satellite clinic in Winnipeg (Manitoba).

Government of Quebec rewards hospital for its contributions to health care with subsidy