120 years of history: from the Hôpital des Incurables to the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal

On the day of the Feast of the Sacred-Heart, June 1, 1898, a group of lay women inaugurated a small hospital in downtown Montréal that could take in a dozen or so patients deemed incurable.



The community of the Sisters of Providence took charge of the establishment in 1899. A much bigger building with a 375-bed capacity was erected on Décarie Boulevard in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. It would be known as the hospital of the incurables (cancer, tuberculosis, invalids, and others, sickly and very poor).

Devastated by a major fire, the Decarie Street building was rebuilt on a large piece of land on Gouin Boulevard in Cartierville, and took on its original name, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal.




A few important date:

  • 1897: Foundation of the Hôpital des incurables (hospital of the incurables)
  • 1898: The Hôpital des incurables moves to downtown Montréal
  • 1899: The hospital moves to Saint-Denis Street, between Marie-Anne and
  • 1899: The Sisters of Providence take charge of the hospital
  • 1900: The hospital of the incurables moves to Décarie Boulevard in Montréal
  • 1919: Foundation of the Albert-Prévost sanatorium
  • 1923: The hospital is destroyed by fire
  • 1923: Purchase of the Gohier-Lapierre farm in Cartierville and construction of the new hospital begins
  • 1926 : Inauguration of the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal (Sacré-Cœur hospital) at its present location on Gouin Boulevard. It then specialized in the treatment of tuberculosis.
  • 1931: Creation of the orthopedic department by Dr. Édouard Samson
  • 1933: Foundation of the first francophone thoracic surgery service in Canada by Dr. Norman Bethune
  • 1951: Sacré-Cœur becomes a general hospital
  • 1955: The Albert-Prévost sanatorium becomes the Institut Albert-Prévost
  • 1973: Affiliation of Sacré-Cœur hospital with the Université de Montréal for research and teaching
  • 1973: Merger of Institut Albert-Prévost with Sacré-Cœur hospital
  • 1973: Designation of Sacré-Cœur hospital as a tertiary care trauma centre for western Québec

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