Windsor Regional Hospital said the copper "bust/sculpture” of Jeanne Mance is missing at Ouellette Campus & likely stolen. Apr 15, 2019. (Photo courtesy of WRH)

Windsor Regional Hospital missing historic artifact

Windsor Regional Hospital is asking for help after a historic memorial was vandalized outside of the Ouellette Campus.

Hospital officials said the copper “bust/sculpture” of Jeanne Mance is missing and likely stolen. They said the item has been removed from the 73-year-old memorial outside of the Jeanne Mance building at the rear of the hospital near the Goyeau Street parking lot.

Mance is a historical figure known for being among the founders of Montreal’s first hospital, Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal in 1645.

“We have alerted local authorities as well as our partners at Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare,” said the hospital on Instagram Monday afternoon. “The monument was put in place on the property in 1946. We believe the sculpture is made of copper and may have been removed for its value.”

Windsor Regional Hospital is hoping that anyone who comes across the cherished and sentimental item will return it.

If you have any information about the missing copper bust, please call Windsor Regional Hospital security or Windsor police at 519-258-6111.

“Your assistance in locating and returning this historical artifact is greatly appreciated,” added Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, which is now on Prince Road.

The Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus was Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital until 2013.