Grand promises and skepticism as Brunswick Medical Centre changes hands

One of the most important medical complexes in the West Island and the entire province  is changing hands.A sale of the Brunswick Medical Centre in Pointe-Claire appeared recently to be on the horizon. Now there there’s been an official announcement. The new owner is Elna Medical.Though patients and staff are being told the quality of care will stay the same, there is some skepticism.

“I think overall there’s a sense of relief,” said Dr. Harley Eisman, director of pediatric urgent care at the Brunswick Medical Centre. “It’s in everybody’s best interest that the new clinic continues to function.”

The complex welcomes 250,000 patients per year.There has been a shroud of uncertainty over Brunswick for months as the transaction was negotiated.Brunswick Group, which owns the building and oversaw its operations, has accrued tens of millions in debt.It sought protection from creditors under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act.

Elna won’t say how much it paid to take over the wide variety of clinics in the building, but with the sale it now owns 112 medical facilities across Canada, employing 1,000 doctors.“I think we have expectations that it will be business as usual,” said Eisman.

ELNA’s president Laurent Amram was not available for an interview but said in a press release the medical services offering will be enhanced.“ELNA will leverage its vast resources to empower Brunswick Health Group patients in taking greater control of their health by enhancing the offered medical services and integrating our advanced technologies powered by AI,” said Laurent Amram.

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