What does the future hold?
In this final segment of the series commemorating Hôpital Montfort’s 60th anniversary, Dr. Bernard Leduc, Dr. André Bilodeau and Dr. Denis Prud’homme describe the impact of the hospital’s official designation as an academic hospital.
The future according to Dr. Leduc
According to Hôpital Montfort President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Bernard Leduc, the hospital’s official designation as an academic hospital by the Government of Ontario in June 2013 marked the start of a new chapter in the institution’s history.
“Hôpital Montfort is the only institution in Ontario capable of providing comprehensive clinical training in French to medical residents and students in the health professions,” he explained.
“Our goal is to become a centre of clinical excellence and a focal point for physician and health professional education in French.”
In order to accomplish this mandate, administrators will first try to identify the most urgent existing or emerging needs among the clientele, as well as expectations regarding these needs in terms of care and services, before determining what innovative approaches and clinical services are needed to meet them.
Dr. Leduc also mentioned the importance of cultivating a culture of research within the hospital. “The research issue is a priority. We must explore the specific needs of Francophones in minority communities, just as we must keep up with the latest technology.”
The most recent challenge may be the most difficult to define, namely, to assist the Ministry of Health in meeting its obligations under the French Language Services Act. Keenly aware of his hospital’s provincial responsibility to support clinicians in providing services that extend beyond the immediate population pool, Dr. Leduc says he is looking forward to working in collaboration with government authorities.
“The Montfort team has always been successful at major undertakings because of the strength and determination it invests in its projects, though we have yet to reach our full stride,” said Dr. Leduc. “In my opinion, the academic hospital designation has brought to a next height our motivation to pursue our search for excellence.”
The future according to Dr. André Bilodeau
Dr. André Bilodeau is convinced that the new academic mission of Hôpital Montfort will shape its future.
After receiving the coveted academic hospital designation, Hôpital Montfort is being asked to live up to its full potential among all the other academic hospitals. However, it differs from them by the fact that it does not offer hyper-specialized care. According to Dr. André Bilodeau, Hôpital Montfort stands out by the exemplary nature of its care, an area where other hospitals are eager to follow its example.
As the head of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bilodeau likens his role to that of a co-pilot, helping hospital administrators navigate through stormy, uncharted waters, a little like the early French explorers in Canada.
“No other hospital has received a provincial mandate to plan and support services in French, including clinical support for patients and health professionals across Ontario...”
he commented. “And so, we must find the way forward on our own or make it up as we go.” "We are creating an academic hospital culture that reflects who we are, and that addresses the specific needs of our clientele," he explained. “The centres of excellence in clinical care, education and research that we plan to develop will be central to our academic hospital.”
The future according to Dr. Denis Prud’homme
Research is one of the most important pillars of an academic hospital. For that reason, the Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort (IRHM) figures prominently in the hospital’s plans for the future.
According to IRHM Scientific Director, Dr. Denis Prud’homme, the IRHM’s objective is to develop research that improves the quality of health care provided to Francophone minority community members.
He proposes dividing IRHM research projects into two areas of study: primary care, including research in the fields of family health, mental health and nutrition; and, health services, dedicated to supporting clinicians in patient treatment. The research teams will be called upon to monitor health issue developments and evaluate whether access to services is consistent with the identified needs. The hospital will then be in a position to pinpoint any shortfalls.
"Lastly, we would like to see a significant percentage of our research issues relate to cases brought to the attention of the hospital’s clinical services. In this way, the results would provide medical staff with more information about the available courses of action.”
At present, 53 researchers work within the IRHM. In five years, Dr. Prud’homme hopes this figure will grow to include 70 or 75 active, productive and creative researchers. He also cherishes the dream of a research institute that is relevant, held in high regard by patients and their families and respected by health professionals.