Montreal Chinese Hospital
|Montreal Chinese Hospital
Hôpital Chinois de Montréal
|Location||189, Avenue Viger Est, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Care system||RAMQ (Quebec Health Insurance Board)|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
The Montreal Chinese Hospital (French: Hôpital Chinois de Montréal, traditional Chinese: 滿地可中華醫院; simplified Chinese: 满地可中华医院; pinyin: Mǎndekě Zhōnghuá Yīyuàn) is a long-term care hospital located on Viger Avenue, just east of Chinatown in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The hospital primarily serves as a long-term care Hospital and Reception Centre. Its primary mandate is to serve the Chinese Canadian community residing in the province of Quebec. It is the only Chinese hospital in Canada. The Montreal Chinese Hospital has 128 beds.
The Montreal Chinese Hospital traces its history to the 1918 flu pandemic. The Venerable Delia Tétreault (Mother Mary of the Holy Spirit) set up a 7-bed emergency shelter on Clark Street serving 55 Chinese men during the 1918 flu pandemic.
This temporary shelter closed its doors in 1919, and the Nuns returned to their convent. In 1919 or 1920, the Chinese community in Montreal acquired a former synagogue, to serve as their permanent hospital, located at 112 De la Gauchetière Street (it is now a commercial building), in present day Chinatown. Health care would be provided at this location for the next 45 years. The city of Montreal declared the location unfit to serve as a medical institution in 1962, and the following year the Chinese community raised CAD$1,000,000 toward constructing a new facility. A new 65-bed hospital opened in 1965 located at 7500 Saint-Denis Street, corner Faillon Street East, in the borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension (it is now home to L'Émergence le centre Brahma Kumaris). The Montreal Chinese Hospital joined the Quebec Hospital Association in 1966, and from then on, its operating expenses were covered by the Quebec government.
The current location of the hospital was constructed from 1997 to 1999. The new location on Viger Street opened its doors in April 1999, following a successful fund raising campaign.
Other Chinese hospitals and health care serving local Chinese communities:
- San Francisco Chinese Hospital
- Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care - Greater Toronto Area
- Tung Wah Group of Hospitals - Hong Kong
- Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center - Manila
- "About us: Introduction — Preamble". about: Montreal Chinese Hospital. 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
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- "History of the Hospital". Montreal Chinese Hospital. 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- Lewis Hong Chow, Engineering a Successful Life (Victoria, Br. Col: Trafford Publishing, 2005).
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