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 255 beds and over 2,000 employees, serves a population close to 300,000 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 (Côte-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 LGH, built in 1965 to serve a population of 60,000, 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 rooms 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.
Lakeshore General Hospital Annual Statistics
- 1,6 million lab procedures
- 86,000 medical imaging exams
- 42,000 ER visits
- 40,000 ambulatory care clinic treatments
- 19,000 hemodialysis treatments
- 16,000 nuclear medicine visits
- 11,500 hospital admissions
- 4,000 oncology treatments
- 3,500 day surgeries
- 1,750 births
- 465 geriatric admissions
- 340 mental health admissions
History of the Lakeshore General Hospital
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 LGH 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. 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.
Aerial view in 1963 of the hospital construction site
The new wing (section highlighted in yellow), which was completed in 2003, houses ultra-modern laboratories (5th floor), added comfortable patient rooms (4th and 3rd floors), operating rooms, surgical day service, the Intensive Care Unit (2nd floor), and part of the Ambulatory Care Centre (1st floor).