About the Centre

History

The Neuro Patient Resource Cen­tre was founded in 1999 by mem­bers of the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hospital’s Patients’ Com­mit­tee who saw an increas­ing need for patients and their fam­i­lies to be able to find reli­able neu­ro­log­i­cal health information.

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Since it opened, the Cen­tre has been staffed by pro­fes­sional librar­i­ans spe­cial­ized in health care infor­ma­tion. Their work has been sup­ported by the Centre’s con­sumer health web­site which is designed to help patients and their fam­i­lies find good infor­ma­tion. Our librar­i­ans, with the encour­age­ment of the Hos­pi­tal Admin­is­tra­tion and assisted by the Centre’s Advi­sory Com­mit­tee (an extra­or­di­nary group of health-​care pro­fes­sion­als and active vol­un­teers), ensure that every­one using the Cen­tre is offered first-​class library and ref­er­ence services.

We have always worked closely with the health-​care pro­fes­sion­als in the Hos­pi­tal to assist write, trans­late and print patient infor­ma­tion for our patients. The Cen­tre also helps orga­nize work­shops, sem­i­nars, and sup­port groups.

Thanks to the gen­eros­ity of the Friends of the Neuro, we estab­lished and con­tinue to develop our Nancy Pit­field Col­lec­tion. This includes hun­dreds of consumer-​health books, pam­phlets, arti­cles and videos. The Friends also made it pos­si­ble for us to offer patients and their fam­i­lies a small oasis in the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal – they ensure that the Resource Cen­tre is well equipped and taste­fully dec­o­rated so that it is best able to answer the needs of our patients, their fam­i­lies and of the com­mu­nity in general.

Start-​up money sup­port for the Cen­tre came from the Friends of the Neuro, the McConnell Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, the MUHC Foun­da­tion, the MNH Patients’ Com­mit­tee as well as many indi­vid­ual donors. Since then we have been for­tu­nate to receive finan­cial assis­tance from the Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Hos­pi­tal and the McGill Uni­ver­sity Health Cen­tre. We are most grate­ful to the MUHC Foun­da­tion, which has over­seen the busi­ness side of our oper­a­tion since 2002 and for the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the Friends of the Neuro, the MNH Patients’ Com­mit­tee, Mon­treal Neu­ro­log­i­cal Insti­tute and Hos­pi­tal and from our indi­vid­ual donors.

Last Updated: Tues­day, 29 April 2014 12:48