Jeanne Mance and the Hotel Dieu

Do you know what the oldest hospital in Montreal, Quebec is? That ‘s right the Hôtel Dieu de Montréal. It is also one of my favourite hospitals because my 2 grandparents met there and became close friends when they were both there to visit their sick relatives. Then my parents became good friends and got married. Also my 2 great grandparents died there.

Jeanne Mance - Quebec Nurse

Jeanne Mance – Quebec Nurse

Jeanne Mance was the one who founded the hospital on October 8, 1645 , that ‘s 364 years ago. The hospital had a kitchen, 2 sick rooms and a room for her and another room for a helper. In 1645 a shipload of supplies was sent to Jeanne from the Society of Our Lady. Medicines, linens, surgical instruments, furniture and copper pots, 3 cows and 20 sheep came with the supplies. Madame de Bullion was a lady who gave Jeanne Mance money to build the hospital.

The Hôtel-Dieu was so important that when it burned down 3 times it got rebuilt each time. Can you imagine that? It is so popular that it contains more than 300 beds. Do you know how any patients it was estimated to care for between 1760? That ‘s right 82 000 patients! Isn ‘t that incredible?

I believe Jeanne Mance is a caring person because when her mother died she cared for eleven brothers and sisters. She also built the hospital to help aboriginals and devoted her life to religion,

She was born November 12, 1606 and died June 18, 1673. But sadly she died of a long and painful illness. She was so important that a street in Montreal and a public park has the name Mance.

Author: Lucky Puppy


Auclair, E. (1910). Jeanne Mance. The Catholic Encyclopedia

Emery, Joanna. Caring for a colony: the story of Jeanne Mance.


16 responses to “Jeanne Mance and the Hotel Dieu

  1. Your story about your family is really interesting, and I didn’t know it burned down 3 times, thats a lot. Good job! it was really interesting to read about.

  2. Hi
    your story was very intersting I realy enjoyed reading it. It must be a very important hospital cause it burned 3 times and they rebuild it.
    I liked reading about your story.

  3. Wow that hospital is really inporatant because the rebuilt it twice i wonder why it is so important interesting story lucky puppy i would like to learn more about this hospital .

  4. I never knew that the hotel de dieu was the first hospital in Montreal Quebec.Intesting facts

  5. your artical is the most interesting artical i have read.

  6. very interesting project i like doing project like that its always action after action,i lovvee himm

  7. Hotel dieu is very good hospital because my grand mother allmost died thier cure and safed her now it bine 3 years and if ever she is sick we go there every time.

  8. I enjoyed reading your article. It was interesting and I learned a lot of new facts. I will always keep a good memory of that hospital where I had the chance to meet my future husband…your wonderful dad. No wonder your article is great…you were inspired by a wonderful story! Keep writing good articles like this one!

  9. Wow! I can’t believe it bruned down 3 times and they rebuilt it again each time! They cared for so many people there and it’s amazing you were able to add something personal to add to your article. Ii was a very interesting article and you did a good job on it!

  10. Wow! I never new this was the oldest one in Quebec. Thats amazing great article filled with information.

  11. INTERESTING very interesting I dont know what to write about it it was very good I liked your story !

  12. This is a very interesting article. I never knew that they named a street after her! I would like to know what illness she died from, and how it got burned down.

  13. I think your article on Jeanne Mance was really well written and I like that you connected it to your own life and I can’t beleive that there was 82 000 patients in the hospital.

  14. Very interesting story. It’s amazing that the hospital burned 3 times and it was rebuilt again. Anyways great article, keep up the good work!

  15. I like your article and i think its very interesting,good job

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