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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Do you really know Héma-Québec?


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.