On June 22, 2017, the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (Montreal West Island IUHSSC) held a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ste. Anne’s Hospital. The ceremony included several veterans, civilian residents, and elected representatives Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament for the riding of Lac-Saint-Louis, Ms. Sherry Romanado, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Ms. Paola Hawa, mayor of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.
Although the mandate and clientele of Ste. Anne’s Hospital have changed a great deal since its founding in 1917, its mission remains the same: caring for veterans, who sacrificed so much to ensure our safety and freedom.
On April 1, 2016, Ste. Anne’s Hospital underwent a significant transition when it was transferred from the federal to the provincial government. It was the last healthcare facility administered by Veterans Affairs Canada.
“We are proud to celebrate the centenary of this great institution. Over the past century, Ste. Anne’s Hospital has provided care and services for our veterans, and now serves an expanded population in all fields of geriatric expertise. We proudly carry the torch and have made it our duty to maintain the long tradition of excellence at Ste. Anne’s Hospital,” emphasized Mr. Benoit Morin, President and CEO of the Montréal West Island IUHSSC.
A little history. . .
In its hundred years’ existence, Ste. Anne’s Hospital has developed a unique expertise through its work with veterans across many fields of medicine: neuropsychiatry, rehabilitation for paraplegics and quadriplegics, tuberculosis care, hydrotherapy, heliotherapy, cognitive deficits, operational stress injuries, dysphagia, and long-term care needs.
Since its establishment, several transformations have taken place:
- in the 1950s, it had a total of 1,130 beds, in dorms accommodating up to 16 veterans;
- currently it has 446 beds, in private rooms;
- the addition of the magnificent Remembrance Pavilion built in 2006.
The hospital has also treated sick and wounded men returning from the battle fields of Europe in 1917, German prisoners during the Second World War, veterans of the Korean conflict, and finally, members of the Canadian Armed Forces returning from multiple missions around the globe.
For more information visit the Montreal West Island IUHSSC website.