National Blood Donor Week – Every 80 seconds, someone in Québec needs blood!

Montréal, June 10, 2024 – This National Blood Donor Week (June 10 to 16), Héma-Québec would like to warmly thank Quebecers for their ongoing commitment and generosity. National Blood Donor Week is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on the essential contributions made by donors, volunteers and Héma-Québec staff. Thanks to their dedication, the organization is able to collect the 1,000 donations it needs every day to meet the needs of the province's hospitals.

Héma-Québec is calling for donations of type O+ and O- blood

Montréal, May 30, 2024 – In recent weeks, Héma-Québec blood drives in different areas across the province have been failing to hit their donation targets. Héma-Québec has put out an urgent call for donations from people with type O+ or O- blood, as well as the rarer type B- blood. As summer vacation approaches, however, we encourage people of all blood types roll up their sleeves and contribute!

Héma-Québec announces partnership with three hospitals to optimize procurement for human tissue donations

Montréal, April 16, 2024. – Héma-Québec is proud to announce a new partnership with CIUSSS de l’Estrie–CHUS, CIUSSS de la Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec and CHU de Québec–Université Laval that will provide the institutions with a local point person specially dedicated to human tissue donation. The goal of the partnership is to optimize the process of identifying and referring human tissue donors, which will shorten death-to-donation times, increase potential donor referrals to Héma Québec and improve tissue donation supply and quality.

Héma-Québec opens 12th donor centre in Québec

Montréal, April 9, 2024 – Héma-Québec is proud to announce the opening of its 12th donor centre in Québec, and the first in the Centre-du-Québec region. The new Héma-Québec Drummondville Donor Centre will welcome its first donors in early 2025. Plasma donations made at this centre will be used to produce the specialty drugs needed to treat patients at hospitals across Québec. Each donation is an act of extraordinary generosity and part of a chain of life-changing kindness for thousands of patients and their families.

Presumed consent to human tissue donation: Héma-Québec submits its thoughts and recommendations

Québec City, January 30, 2024 – Héma Québec participates in the public hearings of the Committee on Health and Social Services of the Assemblée nationale du Québec, which has the order of initiative to look into ways to facilitate organ and tissue donation, notably the adoption of presumed consent.

Type O+ and O- blood donors: Héma-Québec needs you!

Montréal, January 11, 2024 – Héma-Québec is calling for donations in the next few days from people with type O+ and O- blood. Blood donations are often down during the holiday season, while demand for blood from hospitals is up. Though Héma Québec has a solid blood supply overall, the need for donations from these two blood types has grown in the last few days, partly because many potential donors have cancelled their appointments due to the weather.

Plasmavie of Trois-Rivières celebrates its tenth anniversary

Montréal, December 1, 2023 – Yesterday, the Plasmavie of Trois-Rivières celebrated its tenth anniversary. The event brought together in a festive atmosphere Dany Carpentier, the municipal councillor from the La-Vérendrye district of Trois-Rivières, members of the executive committee, the board of directors, and several branches of Héma-Québec, staff and volunteers of the Centre, as well as donors, recipients and partners.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease-related exclusion criteria to be lifted for blood product donation

Montréal, November 22, 2023 – On Monday, December 4, 2023, thousands of people will become eligible over night to donate blood products. That’s right: Health Canada has authorized Héma-Québec to remove potential exposure to variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) from its list of blood product donation exclusion criteria.

First anniversary of the Héma-Québec Donor Centre in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

Montréal, November 10, 2023 – The first anniversary of the Héma-Québec Donor Centre in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville was celebrated yesterday. The event – held in the presence of Ludovic Grisé Farand, Mayor of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville – had a festive atmosphere and brought together members of the executive committee and board of directors, members of a number of branches of Héma-Québec, staff and volunteers from the Centre, as well as donors and partners.

Innovation: Héma-Québec launches a virtual reality tool

Montréal, October 25, 2023 – As part of the initiatives marking its 25th anniversary, Héma-Québec is launching a virtual reality experience today aimed at reducing the public’s apprehensions about donating blood. Because a lack of knowledge about the process is among the biggest obstacles to donating, the organization turned to the Québec firm OVA to run an immersive pilot project, deployed in some donation centres and during recruitment activities across the province.

Héma-Québec releases 2022–2023 annual report

Montréal, October 23, 2023 – Héma-Québec’s 2022–2023 Annual Report is now publicly available on the organization’s website. Héma-Québec is proud to mark another year of continued success in its mission to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for quality blood and other biological products of human origin.

Héma-Québec and the Canadian Organ and Tissue Donors Association (CODA) honour donors

Montréal, October 20, 2023 – Héma-Québec is proud to participate in the ceremony organized by the CODA to commemorate Québec’s organ and tissue donors. The 30th edition of this important gathering, which was held this morning, is an ideal opportunity to highlight the generosity and altruism of those whose donations have helped change many people’s lives. Their loved ones, a few hundred of whom were gathered today for the ceremony, have a lot to be proud of!

Nathalie Fagnan awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s medal

Montreal, October 19, 2023 – The Honourable J. Michel Doyon, Lieutenant Governor of Québec, awarded the exceptional merit medal to Héma-Québec President and Chief Executive Officer Nathalie Fagnan during a ceremony held at the Héma-Québec office in Quebec City today.

Héma-Québec celebrates its 25th anniversary

Montréal, September 28, 2023 – Exactly 25 years ago, on September 28, 1998, the Québec government created Héma-Québec, which became the exclusive supplier for blood products and medications manufactured from plasma for people in the province. Since then, the organization has continued to grow steadily, notably by creating new lines of business such as those of stem cells, human tissues, mothers’ milk, and specialized laboratory services. Today, Héma-Québec, an essential partner in the health care system, is proud of the important social role it plays in the lives of Quebeckers.

The need for blood and blood products is not taking a vacation this summer!

Montreal, June 11, 2023 – Héma-Québec is taking advantage of National Blood Donor Week, which runs from June 12 to 18, to invite blood donors and all healthy people who haven’t yet tried the experience to take action now, throughout the summer.

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week – Talk to Your Loved Ones!

Montréal, April 23, 2023 – National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week is April 23 to 29, and Héma-Québec is taking the opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of indicating your consent to be a donor by signing your health insurance card or joining one of the official registries. Once you’ve done this, don’t forget to let your loved ones know your wishes!

The agreement in principle between Héma-Québec and its nurses and practical nurses in Québec (affiliated with the CSN) is unanimously ratified

Montréal, March 20, 2023 – Héma-Québec is pleased to announce that the agreement in principle reached on March 16 with the Syndicat des infirmières et infirmières auxiliaires d'Héma-Québec (CSN) was ratified today by all members present at the general assembly.

Héma-Québec and its nurses and practical nurses in Québec (affiliated with the CSN) sign an agreement in principle

Montréal, March 17, 2023 – Héma-Québec is pleased to announce that an agreement in principle was reached on March 16 with the Syndicat des infirmières et infirmières auxiliaires d'Héma-Québec (CSN). Said agreement in principle will be put to a vote at the meeting scheduled for March 19.

Starting December 4 – All types of blood donation will be more inclusive

Montréal, September 6, 2022 - Héma-Québec is very happy that Health Canada has decided to extend the use of a gender-neutral questionnaire to all types of blood donations. This new measure, effective December 4, will make blood and platelet donations much more inclusive.

The blood supply is low: Héma-Québec needs 500 more donations per week this summer

Montréal, July 13, 2022 — The arrival of the 7th wave of COVID-19 this summer has led Héma-Québec to issue an urgent appeal to blood donors and those who have never donated before to roll up their sleeves.

A call to give blood for the first time: 1,400 new blood donors in June

June 1st, 2022 – In order to maintain an adequate and sufficient supply of blood products for the upcoming summer, Héma-Québec is launching the 3 x 1 Challenge. The idea? Make a first blood donation between June 1st and July 1st.

Héma-Québec is experiencing an unusually high rate of cancelled appointments

Montréal, April 6, 2022 – In recent days, the number of people in Québec cancelling or not showing up for their appointment to give blood has doubled. In the week of March 28 alone, this led to 800 fewer donations than the anticipated goal of almost 5,500 donations. And the trend is continuing well into this week.

Eligibility criteria for plasma donation by men who have sex with men: historic change in Québec

Montréal, March 25, 2022 – This coming fall, plasma donation will become more inclusive in Québec, without affecting the safety of recipients. This change, which will allow a greater number of men who have sex with men to be able to donate plasma, is the result of a decision by Health Canada following a request by Héma-Québec in 2021.

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