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Jewish General Hospital

Coordinates: 45°29′53″N 73°37′44″W / 45.498°N 73.629°W / 45.498; -73.629
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Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital
Hôpital général juif Sir Mortimer B. Davis
CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-L’Île-de-Montréal
The entrance along Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road
Jewish General Hospital is located in Montreal
Jewish General Hospital
Location in Montreal
Location3755, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°29′53″N 73°37′44″W / 45.498°N 73.629°W / 45.498; -73.629
Care systemRAMQ (Quebec Health Insurance Board)
TypeDistrict General, Teaching
Affiliated universityMcGill University Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentLevel II trauma center
Public transit access Côte-Sainte-Catherine,
STM Bus Routes: 129, 165, 369 and 465

Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital (French: Hôpital général juif Sir Mortimer B. Davis), commonly known as the Jewish General Hospital (JGH; French: Hôpital général juif), is an acute-care teaching hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The hospital is affiliated with McGill University and has 637 beds, one of the most of a hospital site in Canada.

In 2019, Newsweek ranked the hospital 4th in Canada and 1st in Quebec.[1]



The Jewish General Hospital, which opened its doors in 1934, was founded as a general hospital, open to all patients regardless of race, religion, language or ethnic background. The Jewish community of Montreal founded it in part as a response to the anti-Semitic "Days of Shame" doctor's strike at the Hôpital Notre-Dame in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where all interns at the hospital walked off the job for four days to protest the hiring of a Jewish senior intern, Dr. Samuel Rabinovitch and then only returned to work after Dr. Rabinovitch had resigned. While part of the Quebec medicare system, and functionally bilingual in French and English, the hospital continues to be run chiefly by members of the Jewish community.

At his death in 1928, Sir Mortimer Davis left most of his estate to be used to construct a Jewish public hospital that would bear his name. In 1969, the hospital opened the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, one of the largest and most influential research centres in Canada.

Among many other medical innovations, in 1974, the JGH was one of the first hospitals in Canada to open a division of colorectal surgery. Among the famous alumni of the hospital is former head nurse Beverley Binder (born Rosen).

In 1978, fifty years after Davis's death, $10 million from his estate was donated to the Jewish General Hospital, which was then renamed the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital.

In 2016, the hospital opened a new pavilion as part of a $430 million expansion/renovation project.[2]

The provincial government of Quebec in 2018 committed $200 million towards a multi-year renovation project.[3]

Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research


The Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research (LDI) is the research arm of the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital and has strong academic ties to McGill University.

Founded in 1969, the LDI has a roster of nearly 200 researchers, and it is an important North American biomedical research institute. LDI researchers have made major breakthroughs in the areas of HIV/AIDS, aging, cancer, vascular disease, epidemiology, and psychosocial science.

The LDI currently supports four major research axes (or programs):

  • Cancer (Segal Cancer Centre)
  • Epidemiology
  • Molecular and Regenerative Medicine (includes stem cells, haemovascular disease, aging and HIV/AIDS)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Disease

See also



  1. ^ "JGH named among world's top 100 hospitals".
  2. ^ "Jewish General Hospital's new $429-million pavilion opens".
  3. ^ "Jewish General Hospital gets $200 million to renovate patient rooms".

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