Big bucks for a big project at Ste Justine Hospital.
It’s getting almost a billion dollars for its modernization and expansion plan.
Premier Jean Charest made the announcement this morning.
Charest launched the 995-million dollar project at Ste Justine along with his health and finance ministers, saying the changes will make the hospital the country’s biggest mother-child healthcare facility.
The money will go towards constructing a new research center and a new building to house intensive care units, the birthing center, and operating rooms along with new high tech equipment. That should be completed in six years. The existing building with the ambulatory care center and labs will be renovated, to be finished in eight years.
The government is covering most of the cost. Charest says it’s an investment that’ll help attract more doctors and researchers.
“We want this city and this province to be known throughout the world as being one of the leading places in the area of health sciences and health research,” Charest told a news conference.
The plans are part of a bigger modernization project that began three years ago.