Academic Mandate

One of the reasons why Ste. Anne’s Hospital is able to deliver such high quality care and services and continuous improvement is because of the Hospital’s very unique environment. It is an environment that promotes the transfer of knowledge and expertise, the renewal of talent and the establishment of concrete bridges between research and clinical practice. This dynamic environment is further enhanced by the affiliation with McGill University. This historic affiliation recognizes and acknowledges the Hospital’s particular areas of expertise and attests to its high quality of care and services. Furthermore, it builds on the Hospital’s academic mission which comprises two components:

  • The academic component, through which the Hospital is set to become a university learning centre and a potential centre for professional development for students and young graduates, through clinical internships;
  • The research component, which will intensify research projects in areas of common interest and encourage the expansion of knowledge while helping build new bridges between research and clinical practice.

This affiliation is instrumental in creating a dynamic and challenging environment that promotes discussion and innovation, the consequences of which will directly benefit clients of all generations.


Ste. Anne’s Hospital is recognized for its expertise in geriatric and long-term care, as well as in the fields of dementia, reduction of physical restraints, dysphagia, pain management and end-of-life-care.

By expanding its research capacity and bridging it with clinical practice, Ste. Anne’s Hospital provides its clients with the best possible care programs and quality of life.

The affiliation of the Hospital with McGill University embodies its academic mandate as this contributes to making the Hospital a learning and research centre that expands scientific knowledge.

Research Priorities

Ste. Anne’s Hospital goal is to encourage the development of a multidisciplinary research culture. The Hospital try to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice in three key research fields:

  1. Dementia
  2. Pain
  3. Nutrition and aging

Its objectives are:

  • To support interdisciplinary research in fields associated with its research priorities
  • To encourage the communication and clinical application of research results
  • To establish partnerships with other organizations
  • To contribute to training researchers and graduate students

1. Dementia

Approximately 70% of Ste. Anne’s Hospital residents suffer from varying degrees of cognitive disorders. It recently built a state-of-the-art pavilion to accommodate 116 residents suffering from severe forms of cognitive deficit. This one-of-a-kind pavilion creates a warm, family-like home in an adapted safe living space. This unique care setting also offers a great environment in which to conduct research projects in the field of dementia and related disorders.

The main research areas of interest are:

  • Prevention
  • Dementia and its relationship with other disorders
  • Treatment and intervention
  • Health services, care delivery and environment

2. Pain

Between 46 and 85% of elderly people in long-term care facilities suffer from chronic pain. This pain often goes unrecognized and is under-treated. There is a very little available research on the management of geriatric pain. This is another area where research can have a tremendous impact on clinical practice.

The main research areas of interest are:

  • Pain assessment
  • Pain assessment with the cognitively impaired
  • Pain management interventions
  • Non-pharmacological treatment of pain

3. Nutrition and Aging

Nutrition and aging has become a new research priority. The study builds on the innovative work conducted by the Hospital’s Dietary Service in the field of dysphagia. Proper nutrition has a positive effect on health at all ages, but the elderly, for many different reasons, often suffer from various states of denutrition. This has tremendous impact on their quality of life and well-being. Nutrition and the aged is also a field where more research is needed.

  • Dysphagia and related disorders
  • Geriatric nutritional assessment
  • Bone health
  • Nutritional supplement management

Ceasing of Ste. Anne's Hospital

On April 1, 2016, the Government of Canada has transferred Ste. Anne’s Hospital to the Government of Quebec. 

  • The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec signed an agreement in April 2015 for the transfer of Ste. Anne’s Hospital.
  • Throughout transfer negotiations, the Government of Canada remained firmly committed to the Veterans and employees at Ste. Anne’s Hospital.
  • The transfer agreement ensures eligible Veterans will continue to have priority access to Ste. Anne’s Hospital.
  • With this Hospital transfer, the distinct expertise in long-term care offered at Ste. Anne’s Hospital to Veterans now also benefits the local community.
  • The Government of Canada will continue its financial contribution to ensure all eligible war Veterans keep receiving the exceptional care and services they are entitled to in the official language of their choice.
  • All eligible Veterans who need long-term care may receive support from Veterans Affairs Canada for as long as they need it. Eligibility for long-term care support is based on the Veterans’ service and health needs.