R. Howard Webster Foundation recognized for landmark $10 million donation to the MUHC’s Best Care for Life CampaignPublished Thursday April 07 2016
This exceptional support has been instrumental in helping to build a world-class healthcare and teaching facility...
The McGill University Health Centre Foundation (MUHC) celebrated the exceptional generosity of The R. Howard Webster Foundation in recognition of its $10 million gift to The Best Care for Life (BCFL) campaign. In acknowledgement of this historic contribution, the Adult Emergency Department at the MUHC's new hospital at the Glen site has been named in the Foundation's honour.
The R. Howard Webster Foundation's donation was one of the largest-ever gifts made to the campaign, and as one of the fundraising initiative's earliest supporters, its decision to invest in the MUHC's once-in-a-generation hospital redevelopment project has served as great inspiration to the Montreal community.
"The R. Howard Webster Foundation understood from the very beginning the importance of the MUHC's redevelopment project and the impact that it would have on the future of healthcare in Quebec," explains John A. Rae, Chairman of The Best Care for Life campaign. "Its leadership donation was a testament to its long-standing commitment to fostering excellence in health care, teaching, and research," he adds.
The Adult Emergency Department (ED) at the MUHC's new hospital is one of the busiest places within the facility and sees close to 38,850 patients per year. Designed with the input of hospital staff, the ED was constructed in a linear style, which allows it to contract and expand as patient volumes require. This design also provides better visibility of patients, and staff can also help each other more quickly and easily.
"The R. Howard Webster Foundation has a long history of supporting projects that benefit and improve Canadian society and it was very proud to contribute to the MUHC's redevelopment project," states Howard Davidson, President of the R. Howard Webster Foundation. "Our long-time association with the MUHC and its constituent hospitals dates back decades, and given the Foundation's previous support of emergency care medicine, naming the Adult Emergency Department at the Glen site in its honour is a significant recognition," he explains.
The Best Care for Life has exceeded its $300 million fundraising objective, and was created to support the construction of the MUHC's new hospital facility, including the purchase of the Glen site's land, but also to fund important renovations at existing hospitals, as well as contribute to the construction of the Shriners Hospital.
"The MUHC Foundation was very grateful to count the R. Howard Webster Foundation among its leadership donors to The Best Care for Life campaign," says Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation. "Its exceptional support of the MUHC and McGill University has been instrumental in helping to build a world-class healthcare and teaching facility that will serve Montreal and the province of Quebec for years to come," she states.
From left to right: Ms. Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation, Mr. Norman Webster, Vice-Chairman of the Board, R. Howard Webster Foundation, Mr. Peter W. Webster, Chairman of the Board, R. Howard Webster Foundation, Mr. John A. Rae, Chairman, BCFL Campaign, Mr. Claudio Bussandri, Chairman, MUHC Board of Directors, Mr. Normand Rinfret, President and Director General, MUHC, Mr. Howard Davidson, President, R. Howard Webster Foundation, and Ms. Emily Webster, Chair, Grants Committee, R. Howard Webster Foundation
About the McGill University Health Centre Foundation
The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation raises funds to support excellence in patient care, research and teaching at the MUHC. Working together with the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) Foundation, we are supporting the best care for life. Firmly committed to making a difference in patients' lives, we play a pivotal role in supporting exceptional programs, purchasing innovative medical equipment, fostering ground-breaking research, and ensuring the highest level of teaching. http://muhcfoundation.com/
About the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
One of the world's foremost academic health centres, the MUHC offers exceptional and integrated patient-centric care, research, teaching and technology assessment. Affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and part of the RUIS-McGill, the MUHC has a mandate to focus on complex care and is highly committed to working with partner organizations to ensure continuum of care in its community. The partner hospitals of the MUHC—the Lachine Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Montreal Children's Hospital—value multidisciplinary service throughout the lifespan, innovative technologies and practices, strategic partnerships and leadership in knowledge transfer. The MUHC is currently carrying out a $2.355-billion Redevelopment Project on three sites - the Glen, the Montreal General and Lachine hospitals. The project will support environments that ensure patients and their families receive the best care possible, now and for many generations to come. The sites are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BEST guidelines. www.muhc.ca