McGill University Health Centre

Coordinates: 45°28′22″N 73°36′04″W / 45.472891°N 73.600974°W / 45.472891; -73.600974
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McGill University Health Centre
Centre universitaire de santé McGill
Ministry of Health and Social Services
McGill University Health Centre's hospital complex - Glen Site
LocationMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°28′22″N 73°36′04″W / 45.472891°N 73.600974°W / 45.472891; -73.600974
Care systemPublic (RAMQ)
FundingPublic hospital
Affiliated universityMcGill University Faculty of Medicine
Emergency department4 (MGH, RVH, MCH, LH)
Public transit access Vendôme
ListsHospitals in Canada

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC; French: Centre universitaire de santé McGill; CUSM) is one of two major healthcare networks in the city of Montreal, Quebec. It is affiliated with McGill University and is one of the largest medical complex in Montreal. It is the largest hospital system in Canada by bed capacity. The majority of its funding comes from Quebec taxpayers through the Ministry of Health and Social Services. The centre provides inpatient and ambulatory care.


The centre announced that it would consolidate its services in a single facility in 2007; it was a long and troubled process. It was budgeted at around $700 million but cost around $1.3 billion; it was meant to take only three years but took much longer.[1] The project was completed in 2015. The facility replaced the existing facilities of the Royal Victoria Hospital (on April 26, 2015), the Montreal Children's Hospital (on May 24, 2015), and the Montreal Chest Institute (on June 14, 2015).[2] It did not replace either the Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital or the Hôpital de Lachine. It added a cancer centre and a part of the building also houses the Research Institute of the MUHC,[3] which contains a Biosafety level 3 laboratory.[4][5]

The McGill University Health Centre is part of a $2.355 billion Redevelopment Project on three sites - the Glen, the Montreal General and Lachine hospitals.[6]


The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a bilingual academic health network, and one of the largest and most modern in North America.

As of 2021, the institution comprises[7]

In addition to

Being affiliated with the McGill University Faculty of Medicine, the MUHC also comprises

The mandate of the institution is to provide tertiary and quaternary care to the population of Montreal, Quebec and adjacent provinces. The extended network of regions and health services centres for which the MUHC has the mandate to provide tertiary and quarternary care is known officially as the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé et de services sociaux McGill, or RUISSS McGill. The territory of the RUISSS McGill represents approximately 63% of Quebec's land mass, covering the majority of the western and northern regions of the province.[10]

The MUHC is the largest combined adult and children's hospital in the province, providing all aspects of specialized and complex care to both populations amongst its sites with paediatric, adult and cancer services being combined at the Glen site.

As a principal teaching site of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University a key component is medical education. In addition the Research Institute of the MUHC is an international research powerhouse with a worldwide reputation in the field of biomedical sciences and health care. the MUHC RI has

  • Ongoing research collaborations with 51 countries worldwide
  • around 1,800 peer-reviewed scientific publications per year
  • 1,600 ongoing projects (including clinical trials and others)
  • over 180,000 research participants per year

Hospitals part of the MUHC[7][edit]

Affiliated hospitals[edit]

These hospitals are affiliated with the McGill Faculty of Medicine, but aren't integral parts of the MUHC.

Public transit connections[edit]

Vendôme metro and train station connect here through an accessible modern entrance pavilion.[11] The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) was criticised when the pedestrian tunnel to the hospital opened in 2015 as the station was not accessible.[12][13] Work began in 2017 to make the station accessible, completing in 2021.[14]

The station includes 5 elevators, an underground tunnel to the MUHC mega hospital, exo train station and métro station. It was inaugurated on May 31 2021. The 17, 37, 90, 102, 104, 105, 124, 371 and 420 buses all stop near or at the hospital. The Orange line from the metro and the Vaudreuil-Hudson, Candiac and Saint-Jérôme lines from the train station also stop here.


The 2004–2011 tenure of Arthur Porter, a politically active Montreal physician, as the hospital's CEO received $22.5 million in consulting fees from SNC-Lavalin and then awarded the firm with a $1.3 billion contract related to the construction of the hospital. These dealings were found to be in violation of the Quebec Health Act. Porter resigned on December 5, 2011.[15][16] Porter left Canada, and was apprehended by Interpol agents with his wife in Panama, where he was imprisoned and died from cancer in 2015 while awaiting his extradition to Quebec.[15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dougherty, Kevin (November 16, 2012). "Quebec infrastructure case study: the McGill University Health Centre". The Gazette. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "MUHC Move". MU Health Center. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "New MUHC : Montreal General Hospital". McGill University Health Centre. Archived from the original on November 7, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "A state-of-the-art, multipod facility for studies of tuberculosis, influenza and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)". Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "Containment Level 3 Platform of the Research Institute of the MUHC".
  6. ^ "Former SNC Lavalin VP Pleads Guilty in MUHC Corruption Trial". CBC News. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "MUHC at a Glance".
  8. ^ "General Residency Program".
  9. ^ "Current Residents".
  10. ^ "Territory". ruisss. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  11. ^ "Long-awaited Vendôme tunnel will finally open Monday". Global News. May 27, 2021. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  12. ^ Sargeant, Tim (June 18, 2015). "Access an issue as new Vendôme-MUHC tunnel opens". Global News. Retrieved January 11, 2023. Many Montrealers said they can't understand why a tunnel with full access for those with disabilities wasn't already planned and delivered
  13. ^ Shaffer, Marie-Ève (December 18, 2015). "Un deuxième édicule construit à la station Vendôme". Métro. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "Long-awaited Vendôme tunnel will finally open Monday". Global News. May 27, 2021. Retrieved December 12, 2022.
  15. ^ a b Curtis, Christopher. "Arthur Porter: timeline of a corruption scandal". The Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on March 4, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Hutchinson, Brian. "In 2010 $1.3B 'mega-hospital' was lauded. Today, the mystery behind it is the subject of police raids". National Post. Retrieved April 25, 2014.

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