The Center for University Health and Social Services Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ) has announced major redevelopment work at the Hôpital du Centre-de-le- Mauricie. This announcement is made with the Fondation de la SSS de l’Énergie and the Caisses Desjardins du Centre-de-la-Mauricie, which will play a major part in the realization of this project, valued at just over $700,000.
The newly equipped building will host, during 2024, the Department of Hematology and Oncology, which has coexisted since the beginning of the pandemic in the physiotherapy sector. Upon completion of the work, the hematology-oncology team will move permanently into the space currently occupied by Pediatrics, which will be relocated to the building of the former Children’s Psychiatry Clinic.
Recall that in March 2020, the Department of Hematology and Oncology had to temporarily give up its place so that the emergency room could meet the new requirements in terms of infection prevention and control. Given that a return to its former premises is no longer possible, the project announced on Monday has become a priority for the Foundation.
Foundation and Desjardins, Leading Partners
After meeting with Shawinigan’s hematology-oncology team as well as Dr. Christian Carrier, Head of Hematology and Medical Oncology, the Fondation de la SSS de l’Énergie and Desjardins were quickly convinced of the importance of this project to the Shawinigan people and also agreed to make it a priority.
The Foundation will allocate $500,000 to complete this great project by the summer of 2024. It will make great efforts to achieve this goal and residents will also be invited to participate in this great movement. Philanthropy that will allow a marked improvement in the quality and accessibility of hemato-oncology care at the Hôpital du Centre-de-la-Mauricie.
Of this amount, Desjardins will donate a generous $150,000 through the Community Development Assistance Fund, whose mission is to support structuring initiatives in the community, particularly with regard to development.
As a leading healthcare company in the region, the Foundation felt challenged because this initiative aligns directly with its values of commitment and closeness. Desjardins also got involved because this project was consistent with his values while being a project with an enduring mission to the community.
The Foundation will dedicate many of its annual activities to support this project:
- Lotto Foundation 2023
- Auction Bidding is important! (March 3 to 9)
- Energy-Uniprix Rising (June 3-10)
- Roadblock (September 9)
- Mailing Campaign (Spring and Autumn)
Finally, it will be possible to get a shirt with a hand on the shoulder to support users who will turn to the Department of Hematology and Oncology: www.fondationssse.ca/boutique.
“The temporary facilities have allowed us to maintain high-quality services despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. However, because of their distinct mission, coexisting with physiotherapy services has been a challenge to ensure optimal services in hematology and oncology, especially for clients at risk. I therefore welcome It is with pleasure to announce this new development that will allow us to incorporate new premises inspired by best practices in hematology and oncology.”
Dr. Christian Carrier, Hematologist-Oncologist and Chief of Hematology-Oncology Services at the CIUSSS MCQ
“We were challenged because this new adapted space that we would create would be completely responsive to the needs of the users who use this service. A new adapted space, yes, but above all, a new space that would have a sustainable mission. A lasting legacy for our community.”
Ms. Sophie Lafontaine, President, SSS Energy
“This partnership with the Fondation de la SSS de l’Énergie is made possible by our members who year after year show their willingness to support promising projects for our community with their collective earnings. Last November, they were also consulted to find out which social issues they consider a priority and it is not surprising that Health comes first. Our participation in this great project is a direct response to the needs raised by our members.”
Mr. Jacques Saint-Louis, President of the Caisse Desjardins du Centre-de-la-Mauricie.
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