WINTER 2017IN THIS EDITION...
The Registry makes diversity a priority
Héma-Québec’s Human Tissue Bank:
the largest in Canada
More donors are nedeed
Healed with plasma proteins
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Cord blood: a promising discovery
DECEMBER 2015IN THIS EDITION...
Record number of registrations
Local experts and donors join forces to save lives!
Héma-Québec establishes itself in the regions
Saved by plasma donors
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Héma-Québec welcomes a young inventor
APRIL 2015IN THIS EDITION...
Welcome to the digital age!
A family transformed by the gift of life
In every corner of Québec
Andy: stem cell donor
An evolving mission
APRIL 2014IN THIS EDITION...
Efficiency and innovation
Héma-Québec presses on!
A family transformed by the gift of life
Héma-Québec ranked 10th in the world
New GLOBULE Centre at Quartier DIX30
Off to a great start!
JANUARY 2013IN THIS EDITION...
Message of the president
The future is being written today
In Delano country: sharing is everything!
Your blood type can make a difference
Héma-Québec on the international scene
An innovative organizing committee
FEBRUARY 2012IN THIS EDITION...
MESSAGE FROM THE prEsident
Envisioning Héma-Québec in 2020
Julie needs you
Boom in demand in 2011
MAKING BLOOD FROM SKIN
Blood donors remain indispensable
Shorter wait time for corneal transplants
A Grand and Wonferful Adventure!
After twelve years at the head of the organization, Francine Décary announced in September that she would be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec effective March 31, 2011. This issue of the Info Héma-Québec bulletin pays tribute to Dr. Décary and underlines the vital contribution she has made to the cause of blood donation. As she leaves, we welcome Dr. Jean De Serres, whom we present in the leading article.
The 2011 edition of the Info Héma-Québec bulletin informs readers about recent activities of Héma-Québec, including its campaign to raise awareness about blood donation among cultural communities, the introduction of a process to reintegrate certain donors, and the efforts to cultivate a Héma-Québec presence in social media.
You will also learn about the creation of an important organ and tissue donation consent registry that will make it easier for Héma-Québec to fulfill its mission in the realm of human tissue grafts.
Cultural communities: a major challenge
The 2010 edition of the Info Héma-Québec bulletin raises reader awareness of the importance of recruiting blood and stem cell donors from the various cultural communities that make up Québec today. The chances of matching the blood of a donor and a recipient are, in fact, greater if both come from the same ethnic group.
The bulletin also provides information about the Stem Cell Donor Registry, the various components in the gift of life, the importance of organ and tissue donations, and the highlights of the 2009-2010 year.
United for the gift of life
This Info Héma-Québec's issue gives an opportunity to learn more about our activities regarding the blood products, human tissues and stem cells areas. Many pages have been set aside for testimonials given by blood donors, recipients and volunteers, also from human tissue graft and bone marrow recipients.
National Blood Donor Week
Contributions from donors, volunteers and partners are absolutely necessary for Héma-Québec to fulfill its mission. Some 16,000 volunteers and 280,000 donors contribute to maintaining the collective blood reserve managed by Héma-Québec for the hospitals of Québec and their patients. Providing blood products, stem cells and human tissues is a daily challenge.
This edition of InFO Héma-Québec will pay tribute to those who so generously participate in this chain of life. Our goal is to put a face on the names of men and women who work to give life, and to hear their side of it. Enjoy!
Host of WBDD
This year, Héma-Québec had the privilege to organize, in collaboration with Health Canada and Canadian Blood Services, World Blood Donor Day. The event was in its fourth edition and this year’s theme was “Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood”. Thus, last June 14th, the organization took the opportunity to thank voluntary blood donors for their show of solidarity not only towards thousands of mothers and newborns around the world but also towards persons suffering from illnesses that require blood products.
2005-2006 was a pivotal year for Héma-Québec, with the drafting of a brand new vision that will guide all our activities over the next five years.
Precautionary measures against West Nile virus
In order to maintain a supply of blood products that is safe for patients, Héma-Québec is particularly vigilant with respect to West Nile virus (WNV). It has adapted its action plan to effectively counter the effects of WNV on Quebecers’ blood product supplies throughout the year.
Héma-Québec inaugurates its new building on the Université Laval campus
On September 29, Héma-Québec inaugurated its new building located on the Université Laval campus at 1009 Du Vallon Road in Sainte-Foy. The Honourable Sam Hamad, representing the Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, was present to celebrate this event and pay tribute to all Héma-Québec employees.
Official launch of the Public Cord Blood Bank
On June 17, 2004, Héma-Québec announced the official launch of Québec’s Public Cord Blood Bank. This came following a trial period that ended on April 29, 2004, in partnership with the CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine and St. Mary’s Hospital Centre.
Some visits at Héma-Québec
Québec’s Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Philippe Couillard, visited Héma-Québec’s facilities in Montréal on Thursday, September 25, 2003. His visit coincided with Héma-Québec’s fifth anniversary.
Héma-Québec on the Université Laval campus
A building, built by the Merlin-Pomerleau consortium at a cost of $13,935,000 will house all of the corporation’s activities in the Québec City region.
Banque publique de sang de cordon
Last January 29th, Héma-Québec and the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine announced preparations for a public umbilical cord blood bank program in Québec. This will be a first for Québec.
Several hundred guests attended the public inauguration of Héma-Québec's new facilities last September 26. Spirits were high at the end of two years' preparation.
As part of the International Year of Volunteers, Info Héma-Québec would like to introduce you to some of the many people who volunteer for Héma-Québec. Read about the generous men and women who spare no effort to help Héma-Québec fulfill its mission.