Hôpital Montfort receives its Academic Designation
It is with great pride that Hôpital Montfort received its official designation as a Group A academic teaching hospital by the Government of Ontario. Hôpital Montfort has acted in an academic teaching capacity since 1992.
“This is an historic day for Ontario's francophone communities and for Hôpital Montfort,” said Dr. Bernard Leduc, president and CEO of Hôpital Montfort. “This official designation of Montfort as an academic teaching hospital stands as concrete recognition of the hard work and dedication of our educators who have devoted themselves to training the next generation of francophone and francophile health professionals throughout Ontario. Montfort is proud to be working with the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to enhance access to health care in French for Franco-Ontarians across the province,” he added.
During Hôpital Montfort’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, the Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, announced Hôpital Montfort’s official designation as an academic teaching hospital to an enthusiastic audience. "Hôpital Montfort is part of the solution for increasing access to health services in Ontario, especially to the Francophone community, mentioned the honorable Madeleine Meilleur.
This official designation by the Ontario government is vital to ensuring the permanence of a medical teaching program available in French in the province. This new status is a clear signal to the Francophone community of the importance our government places on high quality French language services. " With this academic designation, Hôpital Montfort, in concert with the University of Ottawa and La Cité collégiale, can continue to pursue its mission of improving access to health care in French by training future generations of physicians and health care professionals.
Over the years, it has constantly increased its number of Medicine Teaching Days (MTD) to meet demand. In less than 10 years, the number of MTD has grown from 6,457 to almost 21,000. The Hospital is aiming to reach the 34,000 MTD mark by 2016 to train the succession of tomorrow. Hôpital Montfort would like to thank its partners, the community as well as the organisations that have openly supported the hospital in its efforts to obtain an official designation, such as the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) who made it an issue during their last general meeting, in 2012, and the Regroupement des intervenantes et des intervenants francophones en santé et en services sociaux de l’Ontario (RIFSSSO).
Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone institution that delivers quality care in both official languages in an academic setting. It works with its partners to improve the health of communities.