Jeffery Hale Hospital opens new terrace for residents

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Photo: Juanita Craig

A tree was planted to mark the inauguration of the new terrace by Robert Cloutier, president of the Jeffery Hale Residents’ Committee; Brigitte Paquette, assistant to Guy Thibodeau; Guy Thibodeau, president-assistant director general of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and director of Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s; Martin Edwards, president of the Board of Governors of Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s; and Richard Walling, president of the Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Advisory Committee, who is holding the original shovel that was used at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Jeffery Hale Hospital’s current location in 1953.

Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's and the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale celebrated the 150th anniversary of the hospital's founding by inaugurating a new terrace for the residents.

 The event, which was held on June 20 in collaboration with the Jeffery Hale Residents’ Committee and the Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation, as well as other community partners, was also an opportunity to commemorate the admission of the first patient to the original Jeffery Hale Hospital in 1867. 

 To mark the occasion, a tree was planted with the same shovel that was used 64 years ago (September 3, 1953) during the ground-breaking ceremony at the hospital’s current location at 1250 chemin Sainte-Foy.

 The new terrace, used by both the hospital’s 100 residents and its staff, provides a very pleasant outdoor living space. It features swings and tables adapted for wheelchairs, a canopy for shelter and a few raised planter boxes for urban gardening of herbs and vegetables. “Residents in wheelchairs can easily do some gardening, since the accessible boxes are raised to the right height. It is also a very relaxing place, ideal for welcoming families and friends over the summer,” said Robert Cloutier, president of the Jeffery Hale Residents’ Committee.

 “We are proud to work in close collaboration with the English-speaking community to improve the quality and accessibility of bilingual services offered to the population of the region. By combining our efforts and resources, we are able to implement projects that are beneficial to our clientele and our personnel,” said Guy Thibodeau, president-assistant director general of the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and director of Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s.

 “This ceremony marks the engagement of the English-speaking community in this region since the hospital’s creation 150 years ago. It also reflects the spirit of collaboration between the three players, Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid's, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale and the English-speaking community, for the years to come,” added Richard Walling, president of Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Advisory Committee. To learn more about the history of the Jeffery Hale Hospital and its founder, visit

 Jeffery Hale–Saint-Brigid’s, grouped with the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale, provides bilingual health and social services to the population of the Capitale-Nationale, including emergency services, geriatrics, long-term care, palliative care, and community services.
The Coin Soleil has a great view of the new terrace. Unfortunately, the weather was a bit too windy and rainy to hold the ceremony and reception outside. Photo by Juanita Craig