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History of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre

At the request of Monsignor Henri Cormier, parish priest for the francophone community in Moncton, Sister Angèle-de-Brescia and three other nuns from the Montreal convent Soeurs de la Providence establish a 17-bed hospital called the Hôtel-Dieu de l’Assomption at 54-56 Church Street.

Official opening of the new Hôtel-Dieu on Providence Street with a capacity of 125 beds.

Foundation of the first medical board for the Hôtel-Dieu with Dr. Louis Napoléon Bourque as president. The first class graduates from the School of Nursing.

Creation of the first Advisory Committee for the Hôtel-Dieu with Mr. Calixte Savoie as president

The new wing of the Hôtel-Dieu is unveiled, bringing the hospital’s capacity to 188 beds.

Purchase of the Hôtel-Dieu by the Province of New Brunswick. The Soeurs de la Providence leave after 45 years of service. The hospital is renamed the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital, in memory of a great Acadian doctor and Health Minister who died in 1966.

Inauguration of the new Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital with a capacity of 273 beds. The Pavillon Hôtel-Dieu is home to many medical and support services.

Confirmation of the role of the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital as a regional hospital and referral centre for francophones throughout New Brunswick.

Establishment of a medical education department for students in training periods, interns and residents in medicine.

First annual campaign for the Tree of Hope.

Inauguration of the new wing, which brings the capacity of the hospital to 423 beds.

Creation of the Beauséjour Hospital Corporation to run the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital, the Stella-Maris-de-Kent Hospital and the Shediac Regional Medical Centre. The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital is designated as a teaching hospital, affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Sherbrooke.

The Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre for cancer treatment opens.

The Providence School of Nursing (École d'enseignement infirmier Providence) closes after 70 years of existence and 1,331 graduates. 75th anniversary of the hospital' s foundation and publication of a commemorative book by Claude Bourque entitled Rêves de visionnaires.

Following an agreement between the Beauséjour Hospital Corporation, the Université de Moncton and the New Brunswick Community College, Campbellton campus, the new Bachelor of Science degree in radiology is created. This degree is the first French-language program of its kind in Canada.

The Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital is designated as the principal hospital for the VIIIth Francophone Summit (Sommet de la Francophonie).

The goverment of N.-B. replaces hospital corporations by regional health authorities. The Beauséjour Hospital Corporation is thus replaced by the Beauséjour Regional Health Authority.

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Last update:  April 7, 2014