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BMO Financial Group Makes $1.35-Million Gift To The Jewish General Hospital

The Jewish General Hospital (JGH) today announced a $1.35-million gift from BMO Financial Group that will be earmarked toward medical and health sciences education at the JGH. The donation to the JGH Foundation's Power to Heal campaign will facilitate the amalgamation of teaching programs offered by the hospital's Departments of Medicine, Nursing and Surgery. The BMO Financial Group Initiative in Medical and Health Sciences Education was unveiled today by Tony Comper, President and CEO of BMO Financial Group, at a press conference at the JGH.

“The Jewish General Hospital is proud to embark on this ground-breaking program with BMO Financial Group,” said JGH Executive Director Henri Elbaz. “The JGH and BMO Financial Group share a commitment to continuing education, and the BMO Financial Group Initiative in Medical and Health Sciences Education will result in a world-class teaching program that will benefit our physicians, nurses, staff members and ultimately, our patients.”

“There is something deeply gratifying in the realization that, as future breakthroughs in medicine, surgery, health and medical science accrue at this hospital, BMO will play a supporting role, however tiny and distant in time,” said Tony Comper, President and CEO of BMO Financial Group. Mr. Comper praised the work of the surgeons, nurses and medical scholars who save lives and make lives more livable, pointing to the hip resurfacing surgery that was pioneered at the JGH two years ago.

The BMO Financial Group Initiative in Medical and Health Sciences Education will fund the initial phase of the creation of the Jewish General Hospital Teaching Centre, which will merge teaching areas and equipment into one facility. The Teaching Centre will offer shared teaching resources, a more unified curriculum, and will be accessible to all hospital staff. Construction is slated to begin this summer.

The BMO Financial Group Initiative in Medical and Health Sciences Education will also result in three new education programs at the JGH. These include:

  • the Surgical Education Program, which will broaden educational activities among the JGH's surgical departments and divisions, as well as funding the BMO Financial Group Visiting Lecture Program in Surgery, which will bring leading experts in the field of surgery to speak at the JGH;
  • the Program in Nursing Education, which will focus on a number of important nursing-education initiatives, and over 25 in-house educational activities each year which will be attended by over 500 nurses;
  • the Teacher Scholar Program in Medical Education, which will enable award recipients to design teaching modules on substantive medical topics and interactive methods, including case diagnosis and management. Once completed, these modules will be used by all medical students, interns and residents at the JGH.

About the JGH Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish General Hospital Foundation raises funds, in the private and corporate sectors, in support of the Jewish General Hospital. Monies raised by the Foundation are used to help fund research, acquire equipment, build new facilities, and renovate and refurbish existing structures, all of which contribute to the quality of patient care found at the JGH.

In 2003, the Foundation launched the Power to Heal campaign, key components of which include establishment of the Segal Cancer Centre and the Cardiovascular Sciences Centre, expansion of the hospital's Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research and upgrades to over 40 hospital departments and divisions. The most ambitious campaign to date, the Power to Heal campaign has raised over $100 million so far, reinforcing and strengthening the JGH's commitment to providing excellence in patient care, research and teaching to all Quebecers for many generations to come.

About the JGH

Since 1934, the Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital, a McGill University teaching hospital, has provided “Care for All,” serving patients from diverse religious, linguistic and cultural backgrounds in Montreal, throughout Quebec and beyond. As one of the province's largest acute-care hospitals, the JGH has achieved a reputation for excellence in key medical specialties by continually expanding and upgrading its facilities for clinical treatment and teaching, as well as research at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. For more, please visit

About BMO Financial Group

Since its founding in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group has supported the principles of community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility to the communities it serves. In 2005, BMO Financial Group contributed $29.5 million in corporate donations, sponsorships and events in Canada, supporting thousands of communities, charities and not-for-profit organizations across the country. BMO was also named Canada's Best Corporate Citizen for 2005 by Corporate Knights. BMO Bank of Montreal operates 159 branches in Quebec and BMO Nesbitt Burns has 17 locations, with nearly 5,000 BMO employees in the province.


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