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Two Montreal Jewish Hospitals Receive $1, 623, 226 in Government Grants

A total of $1, 623, 226 in Government grants has been made to aid the construction of two Jewish hospitals in the Montreal area, it was announced here today.

The Maimonides Hospital and Home for the Aged in the City of Cote Saint Luc, announced that it had received total capital grants of $1, 073, 226, made up of matching grants of $536, 613, each, by the Canadian Government and the Ontario Provincial Government. The money was provided toward the cost of the hospital’s new building now under construction.

Federal and provincial authorities also approved grants totalling $550, 000 toward the construction of a new 102-bed building to expand the facilities and services of the Jewish Convalescent Hospital.

Alex Schneiderman, president of Maimonides, said the plans for the new building were developed in cooperation with the Federation of Jewish Community Services. The five-story structure will have facilities for 248 residents at a total cost of $4, 562, 000. The largest part of the construction costs will be met by the proceeds of the building fund campaign, which raised about $2, 800, 000 under the chairmanship of Emanuel Moskovitch, a vice-president of the home who was recently elected Mayor of Cote Saint Luc.

Among the features of the new hospital building will be an occupational therapy and physical medical wing, synagogue and facilities for 75 day-care residents in recognition of the need for more preventive care of elderly people. It is expected to be ready for occupancy at the end of 1964.

Moe Koenigsberg, president of the Jewish Convalescent Hospital, said that building plans were being reviewed by federal and provincial authorities. He reported that a campaign to raise the additional funds needed for construction will take place during April 1964. He also reported that in the year from June 1962 to June 1963, the hospital provided 7, 274 patient days of care for a total of 119 patients at its present building, which is limited to 30 beds.

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