SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QC, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, and Dr. Réjean Hébert, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Government of Quebec, today announced that the Hospital will have an autonomous status when it is transferred to the Government of Quebec.
"The Government of Quebec will be happy to acquire Ste. Anne's Hospital following the confirmation of a final transfer agreement," said Minister Hébert. "The expertise found within this hospital is invaluable. That is why we are going to develop a unique governance model, in collaboration with McGill University, the Hospital's staff and the Montréal Health and Social Services Agency, which will make it a high standard geriatrics centre. The Hospital will expand its services, and it will serve the West Island and Montérégie population."
"Ste. Anne's Hospital is recognized around the world for its expertise in geriatrics and mental health. I am pleased with Minister Hébert's decision to recognize its special status," said Minister Blaney. "Our Veterans will continue to receive exceptional care in this centre of excellence on the leading edge of clinical innovation."
Post-transfer, Ste. Anne's will be a separate entity, reporting directly to the Montréal Health and Social Services Agency, and administered by a Board of Directors. To ensure a successful transition and implementation of all elements of the transfer agreement, a transition committee will be established until March 31, 2017, reporting to that Board of Directors. Veterans Affairs Canada will continue to be engaged in this governance process.
The transfer of Ste. Anne's Hospital will provide long-term benefits to Veterans, Hospital staff and Quebec residents alike. There is a declining demand for long-term care beds for traditional Veterans at the Hospital. Transferring Ste. Anne's Hospital to the Government of Quebec will help to maintain and maximize the Hospital's expertise in geriatrics and psychogeriatrics, and provide bed availability for other Quebeckers.
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada