Blood Donor Seroprevalence Study: 2.23% of Quebec Adults Contracted COVID-19

Montreal, August 5, 2020—A blood donor seroprevalence study, conducted by Héma-Québec in collaboration with the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ), reveals that 2.23% of blood donors were infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Health Canada: Montreal facility and GLOBULE Blood Donor Center in Brossard inspections

Montreal, June 12, 2020–From September 17 to 27, 2019, Health Canada conducted its annual inspection of the Montreal facility as well as the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Brossard–Quartier DIX30, following which their establishment licences were renewed.

100 more blood donations are needed each day: Héma-Québec is asking blood donors to book appointments in large numbers in June

Montréal, June 2, 2020—Héma-Québec is launching an appeal to blood donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in June to restore the reserve to its optimal level in preparation for the summer season. As activities gradually resume in Québec and the demand for blood products in the province’s hospitals increases, 100 more blood donations will be needed each day, over and above the 1,000 donations normally required.

Fighting COVID-19: Quebec scientific institutions join forces to develop an extraordinary program of passive plasma immunization

Montreal, April 9, 2020 – Is it possible that the blood of those who have recovered from COVID-19 can help cure those who are now sick? The extraordinary situation we are currently living through demands extraordinary solutions. Faced with the threat posed by COVID-19, Quebec researchers are contributing their expertise to national and international efforts in seeking a cure for the disease. This major project is bringing together scientists from CHU Sainte-Justine (CHUSJ), the Université de Montréal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), the Jewish General Hospital, Héma-Québec and a number of other Quebec hospitals.

COVID-19: Héma-Québec reminds everyone of the importance of giving blood at all times

Montréal, March 16, 2020 — Héma-Québec is working actively to pursue its mission during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health of Héma-Québec’s donors, recipients, staff and volunteers, and the safety of the blood products and other biological products it supplies, are a constant concern. This vigilance has increased even more in the current situation.

Héma-Québec Ranked 1st in Forbes 2020 Ranking of Best Health Employers in Quebec

Montreal, February 25, 2020 – Héma-Québec is proud to welcome the announcement that Forbes has ranked it the top employer with more than 500 employees in Quebec’s health sector.

The Challenges of Sickle Cell Anemia: 130 Blood Donors Needed to Treat One Person

February 5, 2020 – The 2020 edition of Black History Month is an opportunity for Héma-Québec to underscore the vital support of blood donors from Black communities. These communities are especially affected by sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disease whose treatment can require multiple transfusions at frequent intervals.

Man who had sex with a man - Change to the eligibility criterion for giving blood starting June 3, 2019

Montréal, May 8, 2019 – Health Canada has responded favorably to requests submitted by Héma-Québec and the Canadian Blood Services and reduced the temporary exclusion period for donating blood for man who had sex with a man (MSM). Within a few weeks, the 12-month exclusion will be reduced to a period of three months following the last sexual contact between a man and another man. This change will apply both in Québec and in the other Canadian provinces.

National Organ and Tissue Donor Week–The CHUM and Héma-Québec join forces to increase the number of human tissue donors

Montréal, April 26, 2019 – Consenting to donate organs to save lives is also consenting to donate tissues to improve the quality of life of many people. National Organ and Tissue Donor Week, which is under way until April 27, is an opportunity for Héma-Québec and the CHUM to highlight their joint efforts to increase the number of human tissue donations and to explain their importance.

Nathalie Fagnan Named President and Chief Executive Officer of Héma-Québec

Montréal, January 30, 2019–Martine Carré, chair of the board of directors of Héma-Québec, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Fagnan, CPA, CA, as president and chief executive officer of Héma-Québec. Ms. Fagnan officially assumes her duties today.