Connecting Côte Saint-Luc to the hospital district

Montreal, September 19, 2012 – The City of Côte Saint-Luc and the Jewish General Hospital, in collaboration with Mobiligo and the Centre de gestion des déplacements de developpement économique Saint-Laurent (CGD DESTL) will announce on September 20 at a news conference a project to improve commuting to medical facilities in the Côte-des-Neiges district for the residents, workers and users. The goal of the project is to encourage single occupancy vehicle users to shift to environmentally-friendly transport practices, such as public transit, carpooling, walking and biking. 

 

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2012

When: 11 am

Location:   Cavendish Mall (IGA/Pharmaprix entry), 5800 Cavendish Blvd., Côte Saint-Luc, H4W 2T5, Quebec 

 

A survey of hospital employees is currently underway concerning their transportation needs to identify convenient options that could be offered to them, other than traveling alone in their car. Access to healthcare is more than having a family doctor; it is also being able to get to the doctor’s office without causing an impact on our health and our community environment. 

In a context where the Jewish General Hospital is building new facilities, which will require more staff at a time when less parking spots are available due to construction, and since the hospital will be in a position to offer more healthcare services to the population, looking into the means of transportation used by the employees as well as the users seemed the right thing to do for the two partners involved in the project. 

Mobiligo and CGD DESTL, will conduct a survey in order to identify the transportation needs of the employees and users commuting between Côte Saint-Luc and the medical facilities located in the Côte-des-Neiges district, such as the Jewish General Hospital, CHU Sainte-Justine and St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.

The Montreal Steering Committee on Seniors welcomes this initiative which will help support the needs of the ageing population in terms of transportation to and from the various healthcare services provided in the area.

"This project is an important initiative which will benefit the whole community, by providing much relief in a very congested area", says Anthony Housefather, Mayor of Côte Saint-Luc.  "It is an important step towards developing and offering sustainable options of transport to our residents." 

"The Jewish General Hospital is pleased to support this initiative, which will provide sustainable transport into the Côte-des-Neiges community," says Glenn J. Nashen, Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the Jewish General Hospital. "By promoting this shift from private to public transport, we hope to relieve some of the stress caused by congestion in the area, as well as aim to improve air quality, reduce noise pollution and limit greenhouse gas emissions for the betterment of the neighborhood." 

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is the third most populous municipality on the island of Montreal. Its sports and recreation programs, aquatic centre, 29 parks, and one of the leading municipal public libraries in Quebec make it an attractive residential community in the west end. Côte Saint-Luc has been a leader in health and safety issues, becoming one of the first municipalities in Quebec to ban pesticides and require bicycle helmets. Côte Saint-Luc is a bilingual municipality with a diverse, predominantly English-speaking population and has been a leader on human rights issues. 

The Jewish General Hospital is an acute-care McGill University teaching hospital with 637 beds, serving patients from Montreal, across the province of Quebec and beyond. Committed to the highest standards of patient care, teaching and research, the JGH has earned a reputation for excellence in many clinical specialties.

Funded by the MTQ, the CGDs provide consulting for sustainable transportation, a set of tools and services to encourage the use of alternatives to single occupant vehicle use. With proven solutions and adapted to local circumstances, CGDs allow employers, developers and municipalities to be agents of change, increasing their attractiveness and retention of their employees while improving their environmental performance.

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For more information contact: Dida Berku, Counsellor, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-531-6896, dberku@cotesaintluc.org, or Régine Banon, Coordinator, Public Affairs and Communications, City of Côte Saint-Luc, 514-485-6800,  ext. 1801, rbanon@cotesaintluc.org.
 
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