Creation of the Arvind K. Joshi Nursing Research Fellowship in Maternal-Child Care

Montreal June 3, 2013 - St. Mary's Hospital Center (SMHC) is proud to announce the creation of the Arvind K. Joshi Nursing Research Fellowship in Maternal-Child Care. This fellowship, established by SMHC Foundation, will support the funding of research projects in nursing dedicated to new immigrant mothers and their newborns at St. Mary's Hospital Center.

“Giving birth to a child can be especially complicated for newcomers to our community. New immigrant mothers, with their own cultural perspectives and who are unfamiliar with our society, face many challenges, as do our hospital staff in trying to provide them with the best, culturally sensitive care possible. In the spirit of patient and family centred care, this research fellowship will help us identify and respond to these challenges, further enhancing the quality of care we deliver to our diverse community,” explains Dr. Arvind K. Joshi, Executive Director and CEO of St. Mary's Hospital Center.

SMHC has a long experience in serving newcomers and their babies:

Located in the heart of Montreal, in the Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough, SMHC serves a vibrant and diverse community. One out of two persons is born outside of Canada and 41% of its population are members of visible minorities.

Each year, more than 4,000 babies are born at SMHC. In 2011, St. Mary's Hospital Center was the first hospital on the island of Montreal to receive the Baby Friendly Hospital Accreditation.
An obstetrician and originally from South Asia, Dr. Joshi has spent 40 years serving the Quebec health care network and the SMHC community, including 16 years as SMHC Executive Director and CEO.
St. Mary’s Hospital Center (SMHC) is a university affiliated, community hospital which serves a multicultural population.  It seeks to provide the highest level of safe patient and family focused care. St. Mary’s is an integral part of the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS) McGill. For more information, visit

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For more information, contact:
Alex Fretier, Information Officer, or
Seeta Ramdass, Director of Communications & Public Relations, St. Mary’s Hospital Center
514 734-2665