More than 75,000 annual visits to the emergency room and more than 220,000 visits to outpatient clinics
Each year approximately 3,500 babies are born at Sainte-Justine
Staffed by 5,560 people, including 500 doctors, dentists and pharmacists, 185 researchers, with the help of 450 volunteers
3,500 students and interns, from all disciplines yearly
CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
Incredible by today’s standards, more than one in four infants born at the beginning of the last century did not live to see their first birthday. One exceptional individual in Montréal at the time, Irma Levasseur, the first French-Canadian woman allowed to practice medicine in Québec, raised the devastating issue within her local profession. With the help of Justine Lacoste-Beaubien and the generosity of friends and benefactors, in 1907 she created what is today the Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine. Its first patient in 1907 was Dr. Levasseur’s dying child.
Today, the CHU Sainte-Justine is Québec's only healthcare establishment exclusively dedicated to children, adolescents and mothers and the largest mother-child university hospital in Canada. Affiliated with the Université de Montréal’s faculty of medicine, it is by far the largest pediatric training centre in Québec and a leader in Canada. Each year, the CHU Sainte-Justine trains over 3,500 students and interns. The hospital is also involved in the development of public policies that foster and support good health in the context of sustainable development.
Created from the merger of the Justine-Lacoste-Beaubien and Sainte-Justine foundations in 1987, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is dedicated to raising community support and upholding CHU Sainte-Justine in its mission to provide children and mothers, present and future, with among the best health standards in the world today. This is the goal underlying all of their fundraising efforts.
From the vision of founder Justine Lacoste-Beaubien to today’s leading-edge innovation, research at CHU Sainte-Justine has shaped the future of mother-child care for the last 40 years. Today, Sainte-Justine boasts a research centre with over 200 renowned researchers and 350 students and interns, all united in the same goal of deepening our knowledge of maternal, child and adolescent health.
CHU Sainte-Justine will inaugurate a new Research Centre in 2016. On the cutting-edge of technology, this facility will allow an ever-growing number of researchers to speed discoveries and bring their findings directly to patients’ bedsides.
Thanks to the CHU Sainte-Justine’s state-of-the-art genomic centre, thousands of children will benefit from the best diagnostic methods. The centre will help heal those 15–20% of children with treatment-resistant cancers, by diagnosing them better and more quickly, offering targeted treatment, and helping them achieve true and lasting remission. It also opens the way to personalized healthcare and forthcoming initiatives.
“The Foundation’s latest fundraising campaign “Healing more better” aims to invest in integrating research, healthcare and teaching activities, with the ultimate goal of accelerating the pace of discovery and ensuring that more and more children in Québec have a happier and healthier future,” says Mr. Paul Desmarais, Jr., Honorary Chair of the Foundation’s campaign and Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation.
“Power Corporation is a long-time supporter of Sainte-Justine’s groundbreaking work and use of new technologies,” says Pierre Larochelle, Vice-President of Power Corporation and a member for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s Board of Directors. “With Canada’s first integrated genomic centre in pediatrics, the CHU Sainte-Justine is poised to become a national and international leader in pediatric genomics.”
“The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation is honoured to have partners like Power Corporation, whose contribution will support the establishment of the pediatric translational genomics research institute, which will allow CHU Sainte-Justine to position itself in the coming years as a national and international leader in pediatric genomics, to attract the best and brightest scientists and clinicians, and to train the next generation of researchers,” says Maud Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation.