As of Sunday, May 26, 2019, some of the patients and staff of Catherine Booth Hospital will move temporarily to the Jewish General Hospital. Forty-six patients will be transferred to the 4th floor of Pavilions C and D of the Jewish General Hospital, in order to renovate the south wing of the 1st and 2nd floors of the Catherine Booth Hospital.
The relocation, estimated to last about nine to twelve months, will enable the following renovations to take place:
- Refurbishing of toilets and showers to be more ergonomic, better adapted and safer, while facilitating the movement of patients with wheelchairs or walkers
- Revision of guidelines for using shared washrooms, i.e., two patients per washroom, instead of four, as is currently the case
- Refreshing the rooms through painting, minor repairs and additional storage space.
This work will provide patients at Catherine Booth Hospital with a better environment and a higher quality of care. The temporary presence of staff and patients in the Jewish General Hospital—an environment noted for its safety and the quality of its care—will enable them to avoid the inconvenience associated with renovations, such as stress, noise and dust.
Information for patients, family members and visitors
- The move should take a few hours, during the morning of Sunday, May 26.
- Transportation of patients to the Jewish General Hospital will be provided by specialized buses.
- Family members will be notified when patients are being transported to the Jewish General Hospital, and when the move is completed.
- Patients, family members and visitors will be able to reach the 4th floor of Pavilions C and D of the Jewish General Hospital by elevators on the ground floor.
- Family members and visitors will be able to see their loved one only at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. This will allow all staff who are assigned to this move to complete the installation of workspaces and to settle patients in their rooms.
- Each patient will have a telephone in their room and a TV in the common room. A lounge will also be available for family members and visitors.
- Staff members on the 4th floor of Pavilions C and D (4CD) can be contacted at 514-340-8222, ext. 25411.
For other questions and answers for patients, family members and visitors, please consult this document.
Information for institutional partners
- The renovations will not change the service offer of Catherine Booth Hospital to patients from other partner institutions in the region.
- After May 26, new patients will be located at Catherine Booth Hospital or at the Jewish General Hospital.
Information to employees of Catherine Booth Hospital and the CIUSSS
Specific information for employees of Catherine Booth Hospital and the CIUSSS can be found on the CIUSSS intranet site: http://co.intra.mtl.rtss.qc.ca/index.php?id=30443&L=1 (accessible to employees only).
History of the Catherine Booth Hospital
The Catherine Booth Hospital was named after the wife of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. It initially opened its doors in the Plateau Mont-Royal in 1890, as a rescue home for women. The facility eventually moved to a larger house, in Outremont, in 1895 in order to increase capacity.
In 1925, the Salvation Army relocated yet again, and moved to Walkley Avenue and became a dedicated maternity hospital: The Catherine Booth Hospital Centre.
In 1973, following an announcement by the Quebec government that the Catherine Booth Hospital would close after almost 50 years as a maternity centre, the Salvation Army stepped in and turned it into a rehabilitation hospital.
In 2012, Catherine Booth Hospital integrated with the CSSS (Centre de santé et de services sociaux) Cavendish, which ultimately joined the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central montreal) in 2015, as part of the Quebec Government’s Law 10.