Discover Héma-Québec’s New Awareness-raising Campaign

Héma-Québec’s new awareness-raising campaign highlights the vital link that connects two people through a donation: a brief, noble act for the donor, but one that completely transforms the life of the recipient.

300 mother's milk donors needed

Montréal, October 20, 2016–Héma-Québec’s Public Mothers’ Milk Bank is intensifying its activities to recruit mothers from the metropolitan communities of Montréal and Québec City. In order to attain the objective of 500 participants each year, the organization is looking for 300 additional donors.

Inauguration of the PLASMAVIE-GLOBULE centre: 50 more donors invited to roll up their sleeve every da

Gatineau, September 21, 2016–Héma-Québec is making the most of the ceremonies highlighting the start of the activities of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Gatineau to launch a new appeal to blood donors in the greater Gatineau region.

Héma-Québec is taking part in an international blood donation awareness-raising movement

Montréal, August 16, 2016 – Héma-Québec has joined its voice to an international movement intended to raise public awareness of the importance of giving blood. During a week, the letters A, B and O will be erased from the organization’s summer advertising campaign. Loyal partners of the cause will do the same, particularly the Journal de Montréal and the Journal de Québec, the Fondation Héma-Québec and the Association des bénévoles du don de sang.

Men Who Have Sex With Men – Modification to the eligibility criteria for donating blood as of August 15, 2016

Montréal, June 20, 2016 – Health Canada has responded favourably to requests submitted by Héma-Québec and Canadian Blood Services and has reduced the temporary exclusion period for donating blood for men who have sex with men (MSM).

National Blood Donor Week – Blood needs won’t be taking a vacation this summer

Montréal, June 13, 2016—Héma-Québec is taking advantage of National Blood Donor Week, being held from June 13 to 19, to recognize the invaluable contribution of the 160,000 or so donors and 16,000 or so volunteers who share their health and their time to save lives.

New blood donation centre – 500 Donors Expected Each Week at Gatineau

Gatineau, April 21, 2016 – Just days after the opening of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Gatineau, Héma-Québec is launching a recruitment call for donors.

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week – Sign for Life!

Québec City, April 17, 2016 – During National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, on now until April 24, Héma-Québec would like to re-emphasize the importance of signing the organ and tissue donation consent form that comes in the mail with your health insurance card renewal notice and letting your family know what your wishes are.

PLASMAVIE Sherbrooke: a blood donation experience to discover in Estrie

Sherbrooke, March 15, 2016—Héma-Québec is officially launching the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge activities in Sherbrooke. Estrie donors, who are already very invested in the cause of blood donation, now have a complementary alternative to mobile blood drives. They are invited to give blood in a pleasant and personalized atmosphere.

Health Canada – Montreal facility and Laval GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre pass inspections

Montreal, February 11, 2016—From November 30 to December 9 2015, Health Canada conducted its annual inspection of the Montreal facility as well as the Laval GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre, following which their establishment licences were renewed.

Zika Virus and Other Similar Viruses – Héma-Québec Implements a New Measure to Ensure the Safety of Blood Products

Montréal, February 3, 2016 – Starting Sunday, February 7, blood donors returning from trips abroad will have to satisfy a new blood donation eligibility criterion. This measure concerns not only the risks associated with the Zika virus, but also other similar viruses. It applies in particular to Dengue fever and Chikungunya.

Blood donation – The contribution of the Black communities has increased significantly, but the need is still great

Montréal, February 1, 2016 – Héma-Québec is making an effort to reach out to more donors in the Black communities. More than 4,050 donors from these communities have responded to the appeal to date, rolling up their sleeves to contribute to the collective blood supply.

Zika Virus : Temporary Measure

Montréal, January 29, 2016 – Pending the adoption of a selection criterion related to the Zika Virus, Héma-Québec invites donors who plan to give blood and who have recently travelled to Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean’s and Cape Verde to wait 30 days after returning to Canada before donating.

The Zika Virus is constantly monitored and Héma-Québec is working to determine a definite donor deferral criterion to mitigate this risk.

To that effect, Héma-Québec will shortly implement a temporary exclusion for blood donors who have travelled recently to a country where the risk to acquire the Zika Virus is present. Héma-Québec is working with Health Canada and Canadian Blood Services on this matter, specifically with respect to evaluating the exclusion period.

1,000 blood donations are needed every day to respond to patients’ needs. Since it is expected that the implementation of this new criteria will result in a decrease in the pool of available donors, Héma-Québec encourages people to make a donation before going on a trip and invites those who have not travelled to the countries at risk to give blood.

Héma-Québec launches a stem cell donation awareness campaign in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region

Rimouski, January 18, 2016 – Héma-Québec is taking advantage of the blood drive organized by the Syndicat des pompiers de Rimouski to launch a stem cell donation awareness campaign in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

350 plasma donors still sought in Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, January 7, 2016–Days before the planned opening of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge in Sherbrooke on January 29, Héma-Québec is launching a new appeal for the still needed 350 donors in order to reach the 1,000 registration mark to achieve the centre’s initial recruitment goal.

Canadian expertise confirmed – Héma-Québec’s Public Cord Blood Bank achieves world-class status

Montréal, December 21, 2015 – Héma-Québec’s Public Cord Blood Bank crossed an important threshold today, by making the 10,000th unit of cord blood available for transplant.

1,000 donors sought for future PLASMAVIE Lounge – Héma-Québec steps up donor recruitment for its Sherbrooke centre

Sherbrooke, December 9, 2015—Héma-Québec is preparing for its upcoming arrival in Sherbrooke and is finalizing major work at its future PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge. With the opening a few weeks away, Héma-Québec is stepping up its recruitment activities to obtain the 1,000 registrations needed to reach the centre’s initial objective.

Unauthorized Héma-Québec solicitation

Héma-Québec does not perform any phone solicitation or door-to door activities for the purposes of collecting monetary donations.

Héma-Québec only solicits blood donations from people who have already given blood.

Only the Héma-Québec Foundation collects monetary donations as part of its fundraising activities.

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Trois-Rivières and surrounding areas – More arms are needed

Montréal, November 17, 2015 — Héma-Québec must reach 13,500 donations at its Trois-Rivières PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge by March 31, 2016. However, with the deadline four and a half months away and only a little over a third of the objective reached, it is clear that Héma-Québec needs more arms in order for the Kruger street centre to achieve its target.

PLASMAVIE-GLOBULE in Saguenay: First Double Banner Donor Centre in Québec

Saguenay, September 17, 2015 – Héma-Québec has officially launched the activities of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor L and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Saguenay.

A blood donor from the Quebec City area reaches the 1000th donation mark

Quebec City, July 29, 2015 – Blood donor Jacques Chouinard, a resident of the Quebec City area, has made his 1000th blood donation at the Laurier Québec GLOBULE Donor Centre.

National Blood Donor Week : Recipients Thank Blood Donors

Québec City, June 8, 2015 – Recipients of blood products are taking the opportunity of National Blood Donor Week (June 8–14) to thank those who, rain or shine, roll up their sleeves to save the lives of others.

Serge Maltais named President and CEO of Héma-Québec

Montréal, April 28, 2015 – The Chair of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors, Martine Carré, is pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Maltais to the position of President and CEO of Héma-Québec effective May 18.

Canada’s largest human tissue bank is in Québec

Québec, April 24, 2015 – When Patrick Beaupré suffered an eye injury at just 19 years of age, he would have become blind were it not for the generosity of one of the 734 individuals who consented to donate human tissues before they died last year and the expertise of the Centre universitaire d’ophtalmologie de Québec where Patrick received a corneal transplant.

Héma-Québec Launches Operation 650 in Trois-Rivières – 650 New Plasma Donors Needed in the Region

Trois-Rivières, April 9, 2015 – This year, the budget for plasma-based drugs will increase by almost 12%. To meet this need, Héma-Québec must adjust its strategy to collect more plasma. Today, Héma-Québec is launching Operation 650, a campaign to recruit 650 new donors for the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge in Trois-Rivières.

Hope for patients waiting for a transplant: 25 million stem cell donors now registered internationally

Montréal, March 25, 2015 – Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide (BMDW), an organization linking stem cell donor registries in different countries, and the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) report having reached 25 million registered donors.

Do you really know Héma-Québec?

Did you know that Héma-Québec is much more than blood donations? Thanks to the invaluable contribution of many employees in all areas of operations and the generosity of recipients, donors and volunteers, Héma-Québec has produced a video that showcases its wide range of activities.

Over the years, Héma-Québec has expanded its activities and areas of expertise beyond blood products. While blood products still remain at the core of its daily operations, human tissues, stem cells, breast milk and cell production activities have increased in importance. The Act respecting Héma-Québec and the Biovigilance Committee was amended in 2013 to reflect the reality of the organization today as an expert in human biological products.

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Temporary halt to production at the Public Mothers’ Milk Bank – Héma-Québec opts for a cautious preventative approach

Montréal, February 27, 2015 – On December 5, 2014, Héma-Québec notified Québec hospitals that it was interrupting the production and distribution of units of breast milk from its Public Mothers’ Milk Bank.

New expertise in human-derived biological products – Héma-Québec researchers save a young boy’s sight

Québec City, January 16, 2015 – A young boy in Stoneham owes his sight to the work of a team of researchers from Héma-Québec and a product they developed using a derivative of plasma, the liquid portion of blood that contains a variety of proteins.

PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge in Trois-Rivières – A conclusive experiment that will be repeated in three Québec cities

Trois-Rivières, November 19, 2014 – One year ago this week, Héma-Québec launched a completely new concept in Trois-Rivières: the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge, a unique type of collection centre. The results were so conclusive that Héma-Québec is now announcing the implementation of three similar centres in as many municipalities in Québec.

Héma-Québec to set up a third plasma collection centre in Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, October 7, 2014 – Héma-Québec announces plans to set up a plasma collection centre in Sherbrooke between now and 2016.

Héma-Québec announces the departure of Jean De Serres as the President and Chief Executive Officer

Montréal, September 30, 2014 – Héma-Québec announces Dr. Jean De Serres has left as of September 29 as the President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. De Serres had held that position since April 1, 2011.

National Blood Donor Week - Thank you for giving blood; thank you for giving life

Montréal, June 9, 2014 – Héma-Québec is taking advantage of National Blood Donor Week, on now until June 15, to remind everyone of the importance of giving blood.

Héma-Québec broadens its expertise in human-derived biological products – A public mothers’ milk bank now operational in Québec

Montréal, May 20, 2014 – Infants born extremely preterm in Québec now have access to donated breast milk via Héma-Québec’s Public Mothers’ Milk Bank. Héma-Québec is able to supply donated milk to hospitals that provide neonatal care to premature babies born at 32 weeks’ gestation or earlier who cannot be nursed by their mother. This will help save the lives of many newborns by reducing the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis.

National Organ and Tissue Donation Week – 62% fewer people waiting for a corneal transplant

Montréal, April 22, 2014—The number of people waiting for a corneal transplant in Québec has gone from 704 in February 2011 to 271 in April 2014, which represents a decrease of 62% over three years. A result that can be attributed to the changes made in the past few years to the supply of corneas in Québec.

National Volunteer Week – Héma-Québec pays tribute to its thousands of volunteers

Montréal, April 7, 2014—Every day, Héma-Québec can count on the contribution of volunteers who enable it to fulfil its mission of giving life. Héma-Québec is taking advantage of National Volunteer Week to pay tribute to its thousands of volunteers.

A first in the Montérégie region! – A blood donation experience to discover at the Quartier DIX30 GLOBULE Centre

Brossard, February 12, 2014 – Today, Héma-Québec inaugurates its Quartier DIX30 GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre. This new GLOBULE Centre offers people living in the Montérégie region a complementary option to the mobile blood drives for supporting the cause of giving life.

23rd edition of Black History Month – Héma-Québec reiterates its appeal to Black communities

Montréal, January 31, 2014 – Héma-Québec is once again marking Black History Month in an ongoing effort to diversify the collective blood supply and reiterate the importance of the contribution of Black communities.

Inauguration of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge – A first in Québec, a one-of-a-kind concept!

Trois-Rivières, December 12, 2013 — Trois-Rivières is home to a Québec first. Local donors, who are already deeply committed to giving blood, are now being invited to donate plasma, a blood product in high demand across the province.

Dr. Jean De Serres honoured by the ESG UQAM Alumni Association

Montréal, November 13, 2013 – Yesterday evening, the ESG UQAM Alumni Association honoured Dr. Jean De Serres, CEO of Héma-Québec, at its 2013 Gala Prix Performance recognizing graduates with outstanding careers.

Construction of the C-LAVIE complex in Québec City

Québec City, September 12, 2013 — Héma-Québec, Québec City and the Government of Québec announce the construction of the C∙LAVIE complex, a cell production facility representing an investment of $21.5M that will be built in the Michelet innovation space within the territory of Québec City.

First public cord blood bank in Canada saves more and more lives!

Montréal, August 26, 2013 — The only public cord blood bank in Canada, operated by Héma-Québec since 2004, has increased its activities at a sustained pace since last year and is producing interesting results, both nationally and internationally.

Héma-Québec meets 100% of the needs of patients

Montréal, August 8, 2013 – Some articles were reporting this morning that there was an urgent need for blood donations across Canada during this vacation period. The blood supply of Héma-Québec, however, is at an optimal level, which is to say more than six days. Héma-Québec meets 100% of the needs of patients in Québec. Héma-Québec has recently provided nearly 400 units of blood products to Canadian Blood Services to help meet their urgent needs.

United for life

Montréal, June 3, 2013 – Héma-Québec’s summer campaign – United for Life – presents its new featured personalities. It features three very surprising duos: artists Céline Dion and Kent Nagano, humorists Dominique Michel and Sugar Sammy and anchorpersons Pierre Bruneau and Mitsumi Takahashi, all personalities who either compete with one another or work at opposites ends of the spectrum in their respective fields and who have decided to unite for the cause of giving life.

Québec will have a mothers’ milk bank in Spring 2014

Montréal, May 29, 2013 – Québec will have a mothers’ milk bank in Spring 2014. The future mothers’ milk bank will be used for very premature babies who cannot be breastfed by their mothers.

Man who had sex with man - Change to the Blood Donor Eligibility Criterion effective July 22, 2013

Montréal, May 22, 2013 – Responding favourably to the requests of Héma-Québec and Canadian Blood Services, Health Canada has approved a change in the permanent blood donor exclusion criterion for a man who had sex with a man.