We're helping make MUHC hospitals a little more welcoming and comfortable for everyone.
Let's be honest...whether you've come to the hospital to receive treatment or sit with a loved one, your visit isn't always expected and, unfortunately, not always welcome. We get it, and we're all about easing the experience and offering a helping hand where it counts.
All about us The Friends of the MUHC is a registered charity supporting the McGill University Health Centre network...and even though we can’t change the reason someone comes to the hospital, we can make many things easier and thoughtfully less stressful.
We look to help wherever we can, by doing things that we know make a real difference, and we call upon the giving capabilities of our membership and the community at large to make it happen.
It could be purchasing a specialized piece of equipment
or providing a hospital-wide in-patient service...all contributing to a more friendly and calming environment.
Our Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to bring the Friends’ plans to life. There
is such a great camaraderie that it never seems too hard to juggle other commitments to find the time it takes to get everything done. Like they say, where there’s a will there’s a way.
I love getting to work with a great team of people who are as passionate about the MUHC as I am. I so enjoy organizing events and playing an active role in bringing our community and
I'm a get-involved hands-on person so the Friends' approach to volunteering for the MUHC community is right in my lane.
Martha Legge Fitzpatrick
I became involved with the Friends during the Glen's inaugural celebrations
in 2015. I have met so many wonderful people who continue to impress me
and I have remained
involved ever since.
Having spent 20 odd years out of the rat race being a
full-time mum, I was very happy to dust off my
old marketing skills and
put them to good use
for the Friends.
Heart Pillow Project
After an exciting international career in PR and logistics in many countries, I am very happy to have the chance to combine my job as a busy mom of two with putting my business skills to work
for the Friends.
Tour Guide Leader
I retired from the MUHC after 45 years and chaired the closing celebrations of the Royal Victoria. I now organize and give tours of the Glen, an amazing,
Ana Maria Plata
In the midst of bringing up three little ones, I am happy to put my business and financial skills at the service of such a beautiful cause.
I'm a former software developer turned stay at home mum, and I enjoy giving my time to worthwhile causes like the Friends.
I'm a big fan of our
beautiful new hospital
and my advertising
and graphic design experience is a fun way
for me to pitch in.
I became involved with the Friends through the Toonie Challenge. The thought of kids helping kids was an awesome idea and one I wanted to be involved with.
THE GAME PLAN We know that being flexible and staying open-minded about how we respond to calls for help brings us the best results. It also means that our
game plan does tend to be subject to change!
So it's a good idea to check back on a regular basis to see where the action is. For the moment, our key drives are:
The name says it all.
We make a daily visit to a patient’s bedside to say hello and see if there’s anything they need to make their stay a little easier.
At any time we have up to fifty welcoming and useful items available: from personal hygiene products to make patients feel a little more like themselves...to playing cards, magazines and headphones
to help pass the time.
And everything we stock is complimentary: nothing to pay for and one less thing
to worry about.
HELPING heart pillows
An important part of the recovery process for heart surgery patients is clearing their airways by actively coughing or sneezing. It sounds simple enough, but it can be very painful. When we first came across the Helping Heart Pillows we saw it as great
fit for the Friends and jumped at the chance to get involved. They’re beautifully designed, in the shape of a heart, and meant to be held over the incision site to take the brunt of the force. And they work.
Patients take their pillows home to
continue to help with their recovery.
When your kidneys cease to do the job they were designed for, you will need dialysis.
For most, that means an invasive procedure for up to twelve hours every week, indefinitely, unless you are eligible
and receive a transplant.
DialyTran is unique to the MUHC
and offers recreational therapy to help dialysis patients deal with the physical
and emotional effects this dramatic
change can have on their lifestyle.
Did you know there’s a pharmacy robot at
The Glen in charge of dispensing patients’ drugs? No? Then maybe you should take a tour with one of our amazing trained guides and let them show you the other hidden gems the hospital has to offer. They are a font of knowledge and are always happy to answer questions about the amazing art exhibits, extensive lending libraries and many state-of-the-art facilities housed on
the site. Tours are open to everyone and
are completely free of charge.
Click here and reserve your tour.
Oh…and wear your walking shoes!
It doesn’t take much to show someone they are appreciated: a simple ‘thank you’ and a big smile works wonders. That got us thinking and gave us the idea for the Friends’ Cookie Crew: building fun, pop-up stations in high-traffic areas and giving away surprise treats to all our
hard-working hospital staff. This past Valentine’s Day we set up at The Montreal Children’s,
The Royal Vic and The Montreal General and gave away a total of 5000 valentine cookies!
If you’d like to be part of the next crew, please let us know on our volunteer sign-up form.
student education and training program (step)
This is a great program aimed at high school and CEGEP students, and provides them with a unique chance to explore different career opportunities in healthcare. Chosen applicants
volunteer in their assigned hospital twice a week and, with costs covered by the Friends, attend
a two-day conference on life skills such as leadership, effective communication, dealing with loss, managing stress, and the history of healthcare in Canada and Quebec.
aka 'we need your help
and we need it now!'
We're very lucky to have our own choir at the MUHC and these gifted songbirds are either members of staff or hospital volunteers.
They tell us that as well as being a great way to socialize with familiar faces from all across the hospital, it feeds a really important creative need and helps melt away
the stresses of the day.
That gets our vote!
arts & heritage centre at
We share the same passion about
creating a calming influence, so we’re always happy when
Arts & Heritage reach out to us.
It can be to help steward at
an event or attend a sneak
preview of a new exhibition.
With no staff and minimal overhead expenses, we use 100% of financial donations for carefully considered purchases of much-needed equipment and patient services across all
To date, these have included:
Mobile ultrasound machine
Otoscope - opthalmoscope
Blood pressure monitor
Bookcases / Pamphlet display cases
Alzheimer's care books
Televisions and programming for ICU
Baby scale with trolley
Cerebral/neuro probe with ultrasound
Kangaroo feeding pump
Ultrasonic nebulizer for spectrum induction
Educational booklets on orthopedics
Vaccine fridges and thermometers
Glidescopes and blades
Vital signs monitors
Intellivue patient monitor
Peripheral vascular access machine
Children's Lire/Imagine/Read Program
MUHC Social Services Program
Enchanté staff choir
Student education and training program 2017-2019
National docents training - tour guides
Staff Christmas party 2017, 2018 and 2019
Comfort Cart supplies