Hôpital Notre-Dame

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Hôpital Notre-Dame
Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal
Hopital Notre-Dame 01.jpg
Hôpital Notre-Dame is located in Montreal
Hôpital Notre-Dame
Location in Montreal
Location 1560, rue Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H2L 4M1
Coordinates 45°31′34″N 73°33′50″W / 45.526°N 73.564°W / 45.526; -73.564Coordinates: 45°31′34″N 73°33′50″W / 45.526°N 73.564°W / 45.526; -73.564
Care system RAMQ (Quebec medicare)
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Université de Montréal Faculty of Medicine
Founded 1880

Hôpital Notre Dame (English: Notre-Dame Hospital) is a hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located on Sherbrooke Street East in the borough of Ville-Marie, across from La Fontaine Park. It was established in 1880, and has been at its present site since 1924.


View of the Hospital at the intersection of Cherrier Street and Parc-Lafontaine Avenue.

Around 1880, Université Laval à Montréal decided to found a hospital. This hospital could accommodate 50 patients, regardless of their nationality or religion.

The secretary of Université Laval à Montréal, Dr. Emmanuel Persillier-Lachapelle was given the mandate to establish the new health institution. He was assisted by the Sulpician Victor Rousselot, parish priest of Notre-Dame, as well as Mother Julie Haineault-Deschamps, of the Congregation of the Grey Nuns.

Hôpital Notre-Dame opened on July 27, 1880. It was housed on the former premises of the Hotel Donegana on Notre-Dame Street.

From the beginning, the hospital was a secular institution. It was administered by physicians rather than priests, which was considered innovative for its time. This is a teaching hospital, so in addition to treating patients, it serves as an educational institution for future doctors.

In the late nineteenth century, Hôpital Notre-Dame became one of the largest hospitals in the country: it had six specialized departments: General practitioners, surgery, Psychiatry, Ear, Nose and Throat, ophthalmology and Electrotherapy.

In 1898, sister Élodie Mailloux founded the first French Canadian nursing school at the hospital. During its existence, this school trained over 3000 graduates.

In Canada, the first intervention by the rules of modern asepsis was conducted at Hôpital Notre-Dame in 1899. Hôpital Notre-Dame has been associated with Université de Montreal since its establishment in 1920.

In 1924 the Hôpital Notre Dame moved into the space it currently occupies on Sherbrooke Street.

In 1996, the merger of the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the Hôpital Notre-Dame and the Hôpital Saint-Luc followed the creation of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). With the completion of the CHUM megahospital in downtown Montreal in 2017, Hôpital Notre-Dame is slated to remain open as a local hospital.

Pavillon Mailloux[edit]

View of front entrance of Pavillon Mailloux

The Pavillon Mailloux is a five-storey brick nurses’ residence on the campus of the Hôpital Notre-Dame. It was constructed as a purpose-built residence in 1931. It was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada on November 23, 1997 its commemoration of the growing professionalism of nursing and the expanding role of women in health care.[1]


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