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A Bit of History

The history of the rehabilitation centre dates back to the birth of the Bacille Calmette-Guérin Clinic.

It was thanks to Senator Athanase David’s involvement that the BCG Clinic in Montreal, which had the mission to fight against tuberculosis, was granted its first charter on July 24, 1937.
By 1941, the Clinic was providing care to premature babies. In 1943, it opened a children’s nursery school, then in 1955 moved into a new building located on Bélanger Street.

In 1961, the Quebec government issued a second charter giving the Clinic a new vocation. Referred to, then, as the Marie Enfant Hospital, it provided pediatric care and physical rehabilitation.

In 1982, it became the first pediatric hospital centre in Quebec, specializing in the rehabilitation of children with physical disabilities, and was issued a cross-regional mandate.

In January of 2000, the Marie Enfant Hospital joined the CHU Sainte-Justine.
It has since become known as the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME) - a rehabilitation centre for children with motor disabilities or with speech and language impairments.

This new alliance has given the establishment a university status and has enabled the consolidation and expansion of services for children, teenagers and their families.

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Updated on 11/7/2023
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