That’s our motto. We’re committed to making all of the MUHC hospitals a little more comfortable and less overwhelming for patients, families, visitors, and staff. Through active fundraising and other supportive endeavours, we lend a caring hand to help strengthen the MUHC community as a whole. See how you can get involved and be a part of something special.
Every year The Friends gather at the Glen to decorate Christmas trees with colourful “hand” ornaments which are signed and hung by patients, families, staff, and members of our caring community.
We recognize the significant social, artistic, medical, and nursing histories of the MUHC hospitals since 1821 which have contributed to the development of Montreal.
We support the Art & Heritage Centre in its mission to preserve and highlight historical artifacts as well as modern artistic pieces in dedicated exhibition spaces at the MUHC. The Art & Heritage Centre plays a vital role in transforming the hospital surroundings into a pleasant and healing environment for patients, visitors, and staff at the MUHC.
Joanne MacPhail and Marsha Hunter, have done an incredible job organizing and training Friends’ Tour Guides to lead tours at the Glen. Since May 2016, the enthusiastic team of Tour Guides has led 15 tours, showcasing the hospital to 307 “tourists.”
Groups have included RVH nursing graduates, MGH nursing graduates, Japanese nursing students, various McGill University Class of Medicine reunion groups…with ongoing requests coming in regularly. Thank you to our Tour Guides for a job well done!
The Helping Heart Pillow Project was established in 2001 by Barbara Brock of the Royal Victoria Hospital Auxiliary. When it closed, The Friends agreed to continue this project to carry on the legacy of the Auxiliary and to help cardiac surgery patients.
Barbara had observed that cardiac surgery patients were using bunched-up towels against their chest to help them as they coughed during their recovery. She decided to make something more functional and friendlier. She found a manufacturer to make the pillows and began distributing them to cardiac patients. These pillows became patients’ “badges of courage.” Barbara even sent Bill Clinton a pillow when he underwent open-heart surgery in 2005 and received a personal note of thanks from the former U.S. President. Cardiac patients have greatly appreciated these small tokens which make an enormous difference to their recovery.
Today, The Friends of the MUHC continue to distribute these pillows throughout cardiac surgery departments in order to add to patient comfort and ease their recovery.