Montreal General Hospital

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Montreal General Hospital
McGill University Health Centre
Hôpital Général de Montréal.JPG
As seen from Côte-des-Neiges Road
Montreal General Hospital is located in Montreal
Montreal General Hospital
Location in Montreal
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°29′50″N 73°35′19″W / 45.4973°N 73.5885°W / 45.4973; -73.5885Coordinates: 45°29′50″N 73°35′19″W / 45.4973°N 73.5885°W / 45.4973; -73.5885
Care system RAMQ (Quebec medicare)
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 479
Speciality General medicine, Surgery, Trauma, Orthopedics
Founded 1820
Lists Hospitals in Canada

The Montreal General Hospital (MGH) (French: Hôpital Général de Montréal) is a hospital in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) established in 1820; an early teaching hospital. It is located on Mount Royal, at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Côte-des-Neiges Road. It has six pavilions: A, B, C, D, E and Livingston (L); plus a research centre in a separate building next to the L pavilion.

The MGH was built at the corner of Craig Street (today St. Antoine) and St. Lawrence Boulevard and only had 24 beds. Having outgrown this space, it moved to a new 72-bed building on Dorchester Boulevard at St. Dominique Street; today this facility is a long-term care centre. In 1924, the hospital merged with the Western General Hospital (currently the D & E wings of the Montreal Children's Hospital) at the corner of Tupper Street and Atwater Avenue. It then moved for a final time to its current location in 1955.

The MGH is part of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) network of teaching hospitals associated with McGill University and has been designated by the Quebec Government as one of two Level I trauma centres in Montreal, (the other being the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal).

The MGH has been affiliated with McGill since 1832 and was one of the very first teaching hospitals.


Montreal General Hospital was founded in 1819 and opened in 1822 by 4 Edinburgh trained graduates: Andrew Fernando Holmes, William Robertson, William Caldwell and John Stephenson.[1] At this time, Montreal had two existing hospitals: the Grey Nuns' General Hospital and the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal.

The growing needs of the population led to some charities, among them the Female Benevolent Society of Montreal and the Society for the Relief of Immigrants, to ask for help in building a new hospital.

On May 1, 1819, a house on Craig Street (today Saint Antoine) provided twenty-four beds, while the new hospital was being constructed. The new General Hospital, which counted seventy-two beds on two floors, opened on Dorchester Street (today René Lévesque Boulevard). The hospital was later expanded.

On May 30, 1955, the Montreal General Hospital moved to its present location near Mount Royal on Cedar Avenue, at the corner of Côte-des-Neiges Road and one block north of Pine Avenue.


The hospital in 1890

The present location of the MGH is sited for the expansion and development into the MUHC Mountain campus, which will house the cardiac critical care and level one trauma centres. The campus will also be the future site of the Montreal Neurological Hospital upon its relocation from its present site in McGill University.[2]

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  1. ^ "John Stephenson's Secret". McGill University. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  2. ^ 10 Years of the MUHC

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