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
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.