Tour of the MCI

In 2015, the Montreal Chest Institute moved to the McGill University Health Centre’s bright and spacious new Glen Site, located at the corner of Décarie and De Maisonneuve Boulevards across from the Vendôme metro station. In addition to state-of-the-art medical facilities, MCI patients also benefit from easy access to medical and surgical specialists as well as a highly sophisticated test centre.

Simplified map of the MUHC
  1. The MCI’s neighbour is the Royal Victoria Hospital, which makes it so much easier for MCI patients to be seen, when necessary, by a full gamut of specialists and to easily undergo all necessary tests, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  2. The MCI has also started working closely with its other direct neighbour, the new Cedars Cancer Centre. The MCI provides early diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and other cancers of the respiratory system while the Cedars Cancer Centre provides treatment and care.
  3. The MCI’s proximity to the Montreal Children’s Hospital makes the transition from pediatric to adult care – which is stressful for some – much easier. The MCI doctors slowly get to know their young patients and their families to ensure the transition goes as smoothly and as comfortably as possible.
  4. The MCI’s adjacency to the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre is another major advantage of the Glen site. This unique facility was awarded a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) award for, among other things, allowing researchers and care givers to easily work together while making it easier for patients taking part in research studies. The objective is to foster new discoveries and treatments at a faster rate.
Inpatient Room

Inpatient Units

All inpatients at the MCI enjoy single-patient rooms. This is a tremendous improvement over the four-bed wards at the old building. Single-patient rooms are proven to help the healing process and reduce the risk of infections. Each private room offers:

  • Natural light
  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
  • Reclining couch, so families can be comfortable during overnight stays
  • Wall-mounted televisions
Sleep clinic in progress

Respiratory Clinics

The MCI provides highly specialized respiratory clinics such as asthma, tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, pneumonia and COPD. In addition, there is the Rapid Investigation Clinic for patients thought to have lung cancer, and the Rapid Access Clinic for patients with other respiratory problems requiring urgent investigation. The clinic offers extended hours closing at 5:30 p.m. rather than 3 p.m. to better serve patients who can’t take time off work for their medical appointments.

Pulmonary test in progress

Pulmonary Function Laboratories

The MCI operates a full-service, state-of-the-art pulmonary function laboratory to aid in diagnosing and assessing the severity of lung diseases. The laboratory performs a gamut of routine pulmonary diagnostic tests such as lung volume, spirometry, methacholine challenge testing, and cardiopulmonary exercise laboratories. It also provides more specialized procedures including edobrochial ultrasound, medical thoracoscomy and indewelling plural catheter placement and other pleural procedures.

Day hospital patient bay

Day Hospital

The bright and airy 10-bed Respiratory Day Hospital cares for patients requiring more than routine outpatient care but who are not sufficiently ill to require admission. It specializes in the emergency management of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung disease. Importantly, it provides a one-stop location for patients requiring complex outpatient investigation. It houses a very active interventional respirology program, including diagnostic bronchoscopy (with and without endobronchial ultrasound), medical thoracoscopy, indwelling pleural catheter placement and other pleural procedures. It also offers a “drop-in” service for acutely ill respiratory patients.

Sleep laboratory room

Sleep Disorders Centre

The MCI’s Sleep Disorders Centre has an international reputation thanks to its clinical, teaching and research activities. It has also been recognized by the Quebec government as a “National Centre of Expertise” for the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. The Centre does sleep studies and evaluates and treats patients for conditions including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, limb movement and behavioural disturbances during sleep and some forms of insomnia.

Physiotherapy facility

Physiotherapy Centre

The MCI offers a fully equipped Physiotherapy Centre with treadmills, exercise equipment and light weights where, under the supervision of physiotherapists, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can learn to exercise in order to improve their health and well-being. The program is an effective and cost efficient way to improve patients’ quality of life, reduce the frequency and length of hospital stays, reduce the number of hospital re-admissions and reduce the number of visits to emergency. The MCI developed the Living Well with COPD Program, which is has been adopted by hospitals around the world. To learn more about the program, go to

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