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Herzl Centennial
Herzl Centennial

A century ago, the pioneering Herzl Dispensary was opened near the Montreal docks and welcomed impoverished immigrants in need of free medical treatment. This was a time long before socialized medicine, CLSCs, timely access to health care for people of all backgrounds, and 22 years before the Jewish General Hospital opened.

This year, the Dispensary’s great-great-grandchild, the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Herzl merged with the JGH in 1974 and today provides a comprehensive range of medical and social services to more than 24,000 patients a year, including obstetrical and maternal child care, a breastfeeding clinic, adolescent and geriatric health care, and the Herzl CRIU Walk-In Centre. It has also become a model for other healthcare institutions in the way it delivers patient- and family-centred care, as well as adapting to the changing demands of society.

“The JGH is grateful for the pioneering work of the Herzl Dispensary,” says Dr. Hartley Stern, Executive Director. “We are equally proud that our partnership with the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre has remained strong for nearly 40 years, to the benefit of all Quebecers. This guiding spirit of generosity, professionalism and compassion served as a model for the JGH when it was launched in 1934.”

I am honoured to be the Centre’s Director at this important moment, and I celebrate this milestone with the hard-working and wonderful staff here at the JGH,” says Dr. Michael Malus, Herzl Director and JGH Chief of Family Medicine.

Throughout 2012, the Centre will host various centennial-related events "to thank the public, the Jewish General Hospital and its donors for their support in reaching this important milestone," says Dr. Malus.

Filmmaker Ezra Soiferman spends a year at the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre, documenting the institution's mosaic of patients, staff and stories throughout its milestone 100th anniversary year, under the guidance of its Director and JGH Chief of Family Medicine, Dr. Michael Malus. The documentary is now available