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HISTORY

A Brief History of the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre

When it started in 1863 the intention was to provide care in the form of food, clothing and shelter to the city’s poorest citizens.
The original name was “Montreal Protestant House of Industry and Refuge”. It functioned under that name until 1953.
Among the Protestant businessmen who undertook to provide aid for the destitute were the Molson brothers, William and Thomas, John Redpath, William Workman, William Murray, and others, in order to start a refuge to get beggars off the streets and provide food, shelter and clothing to the poor.

1863

Thomas Molson died and left his farm at Longue Pointe for the creation of a House of Industry and Refuge.
An Act was passed to incorporate the Montreal Protestant House of Industry and Refuge.
The Founders canvassed their colleagues for funds.
By September they had raised over $70,000, in addition to the Molson farm.
Relief was immediately provided for:
1. A non-denominational soup kitchen in Fortification Lane providing 25,000 quarts of soup.
2. An overnight refuge, also non-denominational, sheltering 6,735 men & women who got a bed plus food and spent two hours working.
3. Longer-stay inmates, usually the frail elderly, who were unable to care for themselves.
4. A poor relief program to distribute food, fuel and clothing to poor families in their homes.

1864

Purchased land at the corner of Dorchester and Bleury and built a House of Refuge that continued until 1953.

1865

An agreement with the MGH to take in poor, discharged patients. The MGH provided doctors for the Refuge.
The men chopped kindling or did other work in the building, such as painting and cleaning. Female inmates were taught to sew and embroider so they could be employable.
They wanted a Country Home with clean fresh air. The Molson Farm, was not practical because it was too far away.

1877

The Governors reconsidered the Molson farm property and decided it was now suitable. The land went from the river north beyond Sherbrooke. 75 yards wide, but enough to build the structures they could foresee and that we can see today.

1878

Architect was asked to prepare plans for the Country Home. William Workman died bequeathing $20,000 to construct a building to be attached to the Country House to be called the Workman Wing. Trouble with his estate caused many delays.

1885

Permanent inmates from downtown moved to the new buildings in June, 1885. The official opening was attended by the Governor General on July 10th.

The farm continued to produce food for both the downtown refuge and the Old People’s Home.

1900

Around the turn of the Century bequests, donations and subscriptions were received from families such as the Dows, Birks, Molsons, Redpaths and individuals such as R. B. Angus, Lord Strathcona, Sir William Macdonald.
The 20th Century brought many changes affecting the Centre, including the government’s role in society, healthcare, pensions, volunteerism and population growth.

1902

Decision not to accept TB inmates. Governors Jeffrey Burland and George Drummond, founded a TB institute that became, in

1907

Henry Dart, a pharmacist, turned a house on St. Hubert Street into a small TB hospital named for his daughter Grace, who had died from TB.

1909

The Royal Edward Chest Hospital, now Montreal Chest Institute, an integral part of the MUHC.

1920s
The riverfront property below Notre Dame St. was sold for $25,000.
Other sections of land were expropriated by the City to extend local streets. The CNR took some of the land.

1916

A building was erected between the Moore Home and the Workman Wing.

1929

The “Home for Incurables” opened adjacent to the Old People’s Home. The name was changed to the “Infirmary Home”

1930s
The hospital survived the depression because the Province started contributing annual amounts to the operations budget.

1932

Funds raised to build the current structure on Sherbrooke Street, now the Grace Dart Pavilion.

1936

The new Grace Dart Home Hospital building opened, now the Grace Dart Pavilion.

1953

Dorchester Street widened, forcing the House of Refuge to be demolished.

1954

Protestant House of Industry and Refuge changed its name to Montreal Protestant Homes.

1958

A new 146 bed hospital building was opened.

1960

The new Quebec Hospital Act Funds resulted in a separation between the “Homes” and the “Hospital”.

1971

Medicare arrived along with a shortage of doctors

1973

Foundations were created at both the Grace Dart Hospital and the Montreal Protestant Homes & Hospital.
Montreal Protestant Hospital changed its name to Montreal Extended Care Centre.

1980

New physiotherapy area and Molson Hall were opened.

1990s
Montreal Extended Care Centre and Grace Dart Hospital formed a Joint Board of Directors.

1999

The two Centres formally merged as Grace Dart Extended Care Centre.

2005

The Grace Dart Hospital Foundation and Montreal Protestant Homes Foundation merged as Grace Dart Foundation.

2012

Grace Dart Extended Care Centre accredited with an “Exemplary” rating.

2013

Today we are a 350 bed public long-term care facility mainly serving the Anglophone community with a 150 year history.

En tant que bénévoles, nous sommes les premiers témoins du travail que fait la Fondation pour soutenir les activités et les besoins individuels des résidents. Notre premier réflexe est d’aller chercher l’aide de la Fondation et nous n’avons jamais été déçus. En cette époque de budgets serrés et de contraintes, la Fondation est une bénédiction. La Fondation encourage également le département des loisirs avec le coin café, et les belles décorations sont un cadeau de sa part.

Marjorie Erechuk, bénévole depuis 31 ans

Depuis août 2016, mon mari est résident au Centre de soins prolongés Grace Dart. Je suis sept jours par semaine au Centre. J’ai pu observer que les loisirs ont un impact très positif sur les résidents. Les jours d’activités, que ce soit des jeux, de la musique, ou des chansons, on voit les sourires, les yeux qui s’allument. Les résidents ont hâtent de participer, ils apprennent des nouvelles choses, utilisent des iPads… Pour certains, ce sont de vraies découvertes, pour d’autres, ce sont des amitiés qui se forgent… S.V.P., donnez généreusement à la Fondation Grace Dart pour qu’elle puisse continuer son bon travail.

Victoria Yetman, conjointe d’un résident

Je suis devenue membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation Grace Dart parce que je voulais contribuer à faire une différence dans les soins prodigués aux personnes âgées fragileset vivant en résidence. Comme je suis psychologue et que j’ai déjà été infirmière en chef à l’Hôpital Royal Victoria et infirmière consultante à la résidence Montclair, j’ai eu l’occasion de travailler avec des patients âgés souffrant d’un manque de soutien, que ce soit sur le plan familial, financier, psychologique, médical ou sur plusieurs de ces plans. Le monde entier est confronté au vieillissement de la population, qui affectera non seulement notre vie au fil des ans, mais aussi l’économie dans son ensemble. Investir dans la santé et le bonheur de la population vieillissante a un impact à la fois social et économique. Heureusement, la Fondation Grace Dart a à cœur le bien-être des personnes âgées et s’efforce de fournir un environnement chaleureux et personnalisé à cette importante population de notre société.

Moira Edwards, membre honorable (posthume)

En mon nom et aux noms des résidents, je tiens à vous remercier pour tout ce que vous faites pour nous. Vous nous offrez ce que le gouvernement ne paie pas, comme la zoothérapie, la musicothérapie et toutes les autres activités que les résidents apprécient.

John Brkich, résident depuis plus de 42 ans et Président du Comité des usagers
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