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.
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.