The Trottier Family Foundation makes the largest gift in the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation's history
The Trottier Family Foundation is giving $10 million to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation towards The Best Care for Life Campaign of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The donation will directly support the Research Institute of the MUHC and the new Centre for Innovative Medicine. Through this generous gift, the Trottier Family Foundation will help accelerate research through this new Centre currently under construction at the Glen site. The donation is the largest in the 38-year history of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation.
“My family and I are very pleased to support the building of a new medical centre in Montreal. We have a particular interest in science and research and therefore the concept of bringing together top-rate research with clinical trials for patient care at the bedside through the Centre for Innovative Medicine is very appealing to us. We anxiously await the completion of the Glen Site project,” says Lorne Trottier.
“We would like to sincerely thank the Trottier Family Foundation for their vision, their commitment to the community and their incredible generosity. This is a historic day for us and we are delighted to be sharing it with the Trottier family,” says Rick Pattee, chairman of the board of directors of the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation. “We hope that this leadership gift inspires others to join The Best Care for Life Campaign at this crucial final stage.”
“Our researchers are currently spread out over more than 65 separate labs located in 50- to 100-year-old buildings that impose severe constraints on their activities,” says Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos, director of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. “Given the world-class achievements of our scientists and clinicians in these less than ideal conditions, one can only dream of the discoveries that will emerge from a modern facility that is designed to encourage the interdisciplinary collaborations and synergies that are the basis for true scientific innovation.”
"The MUHC will have one of the only fully integrated clinical research centres within a hospital dedicated to both pediatric and adult clinical research,” states Dr. Jacques Genest, scientific director of the Centre for Innovative Medicine.
More than a year into construction, the new Royal Victoria Hospital is quickly rising from the ground on the Glen site, making this an exciting time in the history of the MUHC and the Royal Victoria Hospital. The Trottier family’s donation is making the MUHC’s vision of a modern patient-centric hospital and research facility a reality for the benefit of countless Quebecers. The crucial support of community leaders – like the Trottier family – will have an unprecedented impact on the future of health care for this city for generations.
About the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation
The Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation exists to support the McGill University Health Centre’s Royal Victoria Hospital – its mission, its projects, its aspirations and its most ambitious objectives. The RVH Foundation uses a variety of fundraising strategies to ensure that its financial goals are met, and that the community members and generous supporters are properly recognized for the significant role they play in the future of our hospital, and the face of Montreal health care. www.royalvic.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. Highly committed to the continuum of care in its community and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University, The Montreal Children's Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Lachine Hospital of the MUHC 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 campuses—the Mountain, the Glen and Lachine—designed to provide healthcare professionals with an effective environment in which to ensure patients and their families benefit from The Best Care for Life. The campuses are also anchored in best sustainable-development practices, including LEED® and BOMA BESt guidelines. www.muhc.ca www.muhc.ca/construction
About The Best Care for Life Campaign The $300-million Best Care for Life Campaign is an unprecedented philanthropic effort aimed at raising the funds needed to complete the McGill University Health Centre’s Redevelopment Project on the Glen, Mountain and Lachine campuses as well as the Capital Development Plan. It is a partnership of the MUHC’s charitable organizations: MUHC Foundation, Cedars Cancer Institute, Lachine Hospital Foundation, Montreal Chest Institute Foundation, Montreal General Hospital Foundation, Montreal Neurological Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation, and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation through its Best Care for Children Campaign. muhc.ca/cause