Press releases 2011

  • In one year alone, a significant drop in the wait time for corneal transplants

    Québec, December 19, 2011

    In 2011, close to 200 people waiting for a corneal transplant saw their vision improve. This is a 27% reduction in the waiting list compared with just a year ago. Some 536 Québec residents are currently waiting for a corneal transplant compared with 730 in November 2010. Among the explanations for this phenomenon are a new approach to supplying corneas and the role played by Héma-Québec.

  • Your first time, what was it like?

    Montréal, November 15, 2011

    In an effort to increase the number of younger donors contributing to Québec’s collective blood supply—for which the average age of donors is 42 years old—Héma-Québec is launching a social media campaign and focusing its efforts on the next generation of donors, targeting 18–39 year-olds.

  • Health Canada: Québec City facility and Laurier Québec Globule Centre pass inspection

    Québec, November 14, 2011

    The Héma-Québec facility in Québec City and the Laurier Québec Globule Blood Donor Centre had their licenses renewed following the annual inspection by Health Canada, which took place from October 3 to 7, 2011.

  • Héma-Québec makes blood donation more accessible to Deaf people

    Montréal, October 3, 2011

    Héma-Québec is making it easier for Deaf people to give blood by calling upon the services of Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

  • Blood donors answer the call: a summer full of life for nearly 72,000 people

    Montréal, September 15, 2011 

    From June 13 to September 4, 71,615 donors stepped forward to make this season a summer full of life by taking part in one of the 520 blood drives organized by Héma-Québec to maintain an optimal blood supply for all Quebecers.

  • National Blood Donor Week

    Montréal, June 13, 2011 

    This National Blood Donor Week, Héma-Québec will be paying tribute to the many supporters of the cause whose generosity saves lives.

  • Héma-Québec congratulates Héma-Québec Foundation’s Chair on receiving the Ordre national du Québec

    Montréal, June 1st, 2011

    Dr. Jean De Serres, Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Monique Lefebvre, Chair of the Héma-Québec Foundation, as Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (C.Q.), the most prestigious honorary distinction bestowed by the Government of Québec.

  • Successful inspection at the Montréal facility and Place Versailles Globule

    Montréal, May 13, 2011

    The licences for Héma-Québec's Montréal facility and the Place Versailles Globule Blood Donor Centre have been renewed following the annual Health Canada inspection, which took place from November 22 to December 3, 2010.

  • National Organ and Tissue Donor Week

    Montréal, April 17 2011

    The 2011 edition of National Organ and Tissue Donor Week will be highlighted three times rather than once by Héma-Québec and its personnel. The Organ and tissue donation. Give your very best. awareness campaign, in which Héma-Québec joins forces with the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), Québec-Transplant and the Chambre des notaires du Québec, will remind the public about the importance of donating human organs and tissues and will promote the new site: www.signezdon.gouv.qc.ca

  • National Volunteer Week: our thanks to blood donation volunteers

    Montréal, April 11, 2011

    Héma-Québec would like to make the most of National Volunteer Week, this week, to highlight the precious contribution of all those who support the cause of blood donation and help save lives.

  • Dr. Jean De Serres Named President and CEO of Héma-Québec

    Montréal, March 16, 2011

    The chairman of the board for Héma-Québec, Mr. Jean-Pierre Allaire FCA, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jean De Serres as president and CEO of Héma-Québec. As of April 1, Dr. De Serres will replace Dr. Francine Décary, who is moving on to other professional challenges after serving three terms at the helm of the organization.

  • Héma-Québec pays tribute to Dr. Francine Décary: an outstanding woman

    Montréal, March 9, 2011

    Dr. Francine Décary, President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec, has announced that she will be leaving her position on March 31 to pursue new professional challenges.

  • Héma-Québec reminds the public about the importance of the contribution of the Black communities to Québec’s blood supply

    Montréal, February 1, 2011

    Once again this year, Héma-Québec is proud to be a part of Black History Month, which is intended to promote the fulfilment of the Black communities and remind people about the importance of their contribution to the development of Québec.