Serving the West Island with pride and excellence since 1965

The Lakeshore General Hospital (LGH) is an acute care institution committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and education of its patients. The hospital, with 231 beds and over 1,200 employees, serves a population of more than 225,000 from Dorval to the tip of Montreal Island, as well as many more thousands of patients from off our territory, coming as far as from the Ontario border. Moreover, we serve the 70,000 workers in our industrial and commercial parks who commute to the West Island daily. Since April, 2015, the LGH is part of the Montreal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre, which emerged from the grouping of the West-Island HSSC, the Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle HSSC, the St. Mary’s Hospital Centre, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, the West Montreal Readaptation Centre, the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre, and Batshaw Youth and Family Centre.

The LGH is situated close to major highway arteries such as Highways 40, 20, 13 and the 520 (Cote de Liesse). Its emergency room is one of the busiest for distress cases in Montreal with over 40,000 visits annually.  The hospital prides itself on its patient centred care, excellence and professionalism in all techniques practiced, and committed, innovative employees at all levels of the organization. Nurses from neighbouring CEGEPs train at the hospital, gaining valuable insight and hands on experience.

The Lakeshore General Hospital, built in 1965 to serve a population of 90,000, underwent an expansion and renovation in 2003.  The  Ambulatory Care Centre expansion almost doubled the size of the Hospital and brought  new specialized outpatient clinics, leading-edge diagnostic services, laboratories, operating theatres and recovery rooms to our community. These changes have eased the overburdened emergency room and have ensured that our community has access to quality health care in its own backyard.

Aerial view of the new wing

The section highlighted in yellow is the Lakeshore General Hospital new wing which was completed in 2003.  The new wing houses ultra-modern laboratories (5th floor),  added comfortable  patient rooms (4th and 3rd floors), operating rooms, surgical day service and Intensive Care Unit (2nd floor), and part of the Ambulatory Care Centre (1st floor).

Phase II of the construction renovated the original building. The entire first floor of the new and existing building became the Ambulatory Care Centre at the Lakeshore General Hospital with over 30 clinics designed to revolutionize health care in the West Island.

History of the Hospital

The Past

In the winter of 1959, the first meeting of the nine-member Lakeshore General Hospital Study committee took place. It was responsible for determining the most efficient way of getting the facility built. The Lakeshore General Hospital was incorporated the following summer and the site shown below, on which the facility stands, was purchased with a gift from private donors.

In the spring of 1961, a capital campaign was launched to help cover the cost of the planned 182-bed hospital and by the winter of 1961, the campaign was completed. Some $2.5 million from corporate and public donations was raised. The construction of the hospital cost approximately $6.5 million and began in the spring of 1963.

Aerial view in 1963 of the hospital construction site.

The Lakeshore General Hospital first opened its doors to the public in 1965. In 1988, the hospital undertook a capital campaign to raise $7 million. This objective was reached in January 1992 and in December 1992 the Quebec Government announced its approval of an expansion and renovation project. Construction was due to begin in 1993 but was postponed due to health care reform.

Looking Ahead

The new Ambulatory Care Centre is designed to treat 75,000 patients annually and to redefine how health care is delivered to the West Island community. The ACC makes acute care services more easily accessible to West Islanders, maximizes the effectiveness of advances in health care technologies and enables the hospital to treat many more patients than was previously possible. Major differences include:

  • Day patients being treated in specialized outpatient clinics, in departments like cardiology, intravenous antibiotics, endoscopy, oncology, haemodialysis or orthopaedics.
  • Pediatric Clinics specializing in asthma, allergies, dermatology and autism – run in partnership with the MUHC.
  • The Diabetes Day Centre, previously located outside of the hospital, was relocated in the new ACC Centre.
  • In the Diagnostic Imaging Department (nuclear medicine, CT scanner, ultrasound, echography, and radiology) : 
    • A Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine (an MRI) was an important addition.
    • Test results are obtained the same day to accelerate patient care.
    • Increased convenience and cost efficiency were both seen as positive impacts.