How your donations help
Here are some of the projects made possible by your donations.
$3.2 million for research and teaching
Thanks to various fundraising campaigns, solicitations, benefit events and fundraisers, we have contributed $3.2 million to Sacré-Cœur and Albert-Prévost for care, research and teaching in 2021.
This amount, while impressive, does not take into account all the donations kept for specific projects, the purchase of promised equipment or for the endowment fund that aims to ensure the sustainability of the Foundation.
Deepening our knowledge of injured brains
Louis De Beaumont, a very active researcher in the field of trauma and concussions, was able to benefit from a $27,000 grant from our Foundation for the acquisition of a magnetic resonance imaging sequence.
Trauma research at Sacré-Cœur Hospital has grown dramatically over the past seven years, with the recruitment of eight researchers in the field of neurotrauma alone, making this research group one of the largest in the country. Much of the research in this area is done using brain images collected with sophisticated equipment.
Thanks to the innovations made possible by this donation, Louis De Beaumont recently received a grant of $250,000 over two years to use this new technology with patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit following a severe traumatic brain injury and who present a disorder of consciousness (coma).
In addition, the Foundation has committed to purchasing a special antenna at a cost of $55,000 to be added to this imaging sequence.
Knowing that traumatic injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 34, the work of our researchers is improving treatments for this type of injury and reducing death and disability in these young patients.
More than $1.3 million for research and teaching in 2021 alone
The Foundation has allocated more than $1.3 million in 2021 to support a variety of priority projects that contribute to the development of various areas of care. This is a significant contribution to the research and teaching activities of this major hospital.
The Integrated Trauma Centre and Mother-Child Unit
The Foundation played a key role in the creation of the Integrated Trauma Centre, a unique concept in Canada. This project was initially estimated at $30 million, for which the Foundation raised the first $10 million.
In addition to this construction, the Foundation donated $2.4 million for the new Mother-Child Unit and the relocation of the Endoscopy Department. The overall project represents an investment of $155 million.
$225,000 for the CARSM
The Foundation donated $225,000 to the Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM).
This is a powerful lever that will help the CARSM consolidate its achievements and move into a new phase of development that will stimulate discoveries on sleep disorders.
In addition to the scientific innovations made possible by the Biobank, this infrastructure allows our researchers to shine on the national and international scene.
Two important pieces of equipment for the ophthalmology department
In 2021, the Foundation invested $116,000 out of a total acquisition cost of some $300,000, to provide the Ophthalmology Department with state-of-the-art equipment. The Government of Quebec provided the remainder of the required funding.
The department uses the latest generation Zeiss imaging platform. In addition to providing more accurate treatment of retinal diseases, this platform has attracted a retinal specialist to join the Sacré-Cœur team.
According to the head of the department, Dr. Ali Hafez, without this technology, it would not have been possible to recruit a resource of this calibre.
$107,146 to improve patient comfort and facilitate work on the care units
Since 2018, the Foundation has provided an annual budget allocation for the purchase of small equipment that is found on the care units.
Nearly $500,000 has been invested to date to improve patient comfort and provide staff with additional equipment they need to be more efficient in their work.
Geriatric chairs, spirometers, patient lifts, glucose metres, wall-mounted blood pressure monitors, walkers, etc. have been purchased.
Mental health: A sector supported by the Foundation's donors
Two research projects, led by Dr. Drigissa Ilies and Dr. Pascale Abadie, will be funded by the Foundation to the tune of $15,000 each.