JGH History: 1970s


  • The hospital begins to participate in the CEGEP system to train nurses, lab technicians, medical record technicians and radiology technicians.


  • The JGH School of Nursing closes after 21 years of service, as all training programs for nurses are brought under centralized, provincial jurisdiction.
  • Bill 65 restructures the healthcare system and results in creation of the JGH Centre Board to encourage wider community participation in hospital administration. 


  • The Herzl Health Clinic combines with the JGH to become the Herzl Family Practice Centre.
  • The JGH is invited to join the Montreal Joint Hospital Institute, a network of McGill University teaching hospitals.
  • On the prompting of the Women's Auxiliary – and, initially, largely at the Auxiliary's expense – the JGH becomes the first hospital in Canada to appoint a patient relations representative (ombudsman).


  • The JGH becomes one of the first hospitals in Canada to open a Division of Colorectal Surgery.


  • Contracts are signed to formalize the JGH connection to McGill University, Jewish Family Services and the Social Service Centre.
  • A new Intensive Care Unit opens. 


  • The Pollack Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opens.
  • A new medical library is established.


  • A short-stay unit with 27 beds opens for surgical patients hospitalized 24 to 72 hours.


  • In recognition of an unusually generous bequest, the JGH officially changes its name to The Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital.
  • A long-term unit with 36 beds is opened to consolidate some hospital services for elderly patients.
  • The obstetrical area is renovated to provide intensive-care facilities for high-risk mothers.
  • The Birth Room opens as a joint project of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Department of Family Medicine.


  • The JGH is designated as a fully affiliated McGill University teaching hospital.
  • With funds provided by the Medical Research Foundation, a computerized axial tomography (CT) scanner is installed.
  • The Women's Auxiliary officially changes its name to the Auxiliary and welcomes its first male member.

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