Our recent achievements

To find out about all of our achievements, see our Annual Overviews.

AN ERGOMETER FOR THE PNEUMOLOGY CLINIC

Thanks to the contribution of generous donors and local businesses, as well as the exceptional generosity of Distribution Matériaux Lavoie in the 18th edition of the Défi Ski Santé, the Gatineau Health Foundation made it possible for the pneumology clinic of the CISSS de l’Outaouais to acquire a new specialized device. Thanks to its new ergometer, the pneumology clinic will be able to administer cardiopulmonary effort tests and deliver better diagnostics, especially for patients with lung cancer. Whereas this procedure was simply not available in prior years, approximately 75 patients will benefit from this critically important health test in its first year of use alone.

TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY STUDY : HYBRID ROOM AND NEUROSURGERY ROOM

As part of its efforts to carry out two major projects designed to improve the Hull Hospital’s surgery capacity, the Gatineau Health Foundation contributed to the funding of a study on the technical feasibility. This study examined two projects aimed at adding a hybrid room and a neurosurgery room to the Hospital, with a particular focus on the predicted impact on operating rooms. These development projects will make it possible to optimize the work of healthcare professionals, in addition to improving services by increasing the quantity and variety of neurosurgical procedures that can be performed in the Outaouais region.

These projects will require major architectural, structural and electromechanical work, in addition to a functional reorganization of common areas and office spaces. The feasibility  study will highlight the best paths towards the optimal realization of these projects, in addition to determining the amount of funding required.

NEW MOTORIZED STAND-UP LIFT

The Gatineau Health Foundation has helped fund the purchase of a motorized stand-up lift to ensure safer movements for patients and to prevent injuries to rehabilitation workers at the Gatineau Hospital. This device not only improves the safety of patients and caregivers, but also increases the mobility of patients who would otherwise not be able to move on their own.

NEW MOULDS FOR TEXTURED FOOD PREPARATION

Pictured : Julien-Charles Paradis, Associate Events Director, Jean Pigeon, GHF Director General, Judith Daoust, Director of the Elderly Autonomy Program at the CISSS de l’Outaouais, Louise Poirier, GHF President

In order to meet the specific needs of residents and users with dysphagia, the Gatineau Health Foundation has helped the Outaouais’s CHSLDs take their food offering to a new level. Thanks to this support, a centre of expertise for the creation of textured meals has been established, complete with a team of professional nutritionists and state-ofthe-art equipment. Textured dishes are purees moulded with specialized equipment that improves the food’s appearance and presentation, while also ensuring its safety for users.

COLD CAP COUNTERACTS CHEMOTHERAPY EFFECTS

Pictured : Nadia Drouin

This recently acquired technological innovation, the only of its kind in our region, is already having an impact on hair and nail loss for chemotherapy patients. By limiting the blood flow to the scalp, the cold cap minimizes the amount of “toxic” chemicals in contact with hair cells and reduces hair loss. Nadia Drouin, a patient at the Gatineau Cancer Centre, was able to benefit from the cold cap as part of her breast cancer treatments:

“I used this cap throughout my 6 months of treatments. It helped my hair grow back considerably and regain its original texture, much to the amazement of the oncology staff. The cold cap became a trusty ally during my treatments. It gave me courage and a renewed hope for healing, as well as comforting me throughout this ordeal.” – Nadia Drouin

FUNDING FOR THE CANCER RESEARCH CHAIR

Thanks to the donations collected during the Cyclotour Santé Outaouais 2019, the Gatineau Health Foundation is proud to support the activities and development of the cancerology clinical research axis of the CISSS de l’Outaouais. The funds raised allow us to offer a wider range of clinical studies targeting a greater variety of cancers.

For more than 5 years, many patients have had access to cutting-edge treatments in their  fight against cancer by participating in one of the many clinical studies underway at the CISSS de l’Outaouais’s Cancer Centre.

Access to such treatments as part of a clinical study in our region brings a renewed sense of hope to cancer patients, while also allowing them to receive care close to their families and loved ones during this difficult period of their lives.

RESEARCH PROJECT : QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF KNEE LOCOMOTION AND FITNESS FOLLOWING ARTHROPLASTY

With the financial support of the Foundation, the Gatineau Hospital Rehabilitation Centre was able to carry out a research project aimed at optimizing the functional recovery of CISSS patients in the Outaouais region receiving knee arthroplasty. The research project, entitled Analyse quantifiée de la locomotion, conditionnement physique et arthroplastie du genou (Quantitative Analysis of Knee Locomotion and Fitness Following Arthroplasty), proposed the implementation of a new rehabilitation program based on motor patterns, as well as a three-dimensional quantified motion analysis.

The results of the study showed, among other things, an increase in patients’ willingness to engage in physical activity. Many of them also purchased training equipment to stay active at home. Interestingly, the research team even noted a renewed enthusiasm for physical activity among accompanying persons, such as spouses and children.

The changes observed by the medical staff during the study showed that the structure adopted as part of the research project was able to alleviate a lack of physical fitness, which was suspected to be largely responsible for various movement disorders humans  face in our modern societies.

SAFETY KITS FOR THE SIPPE PROGRAM

Home injury and trauma prevention kits are distributed annually as part of the Integrated Perinatal and Early Childhood Services (SIPPE) program, which is geared towards families dealing with a context of increased vulnerability. These kits are strongly supported by advocates as a preventive measure that can promote the optimal development of the child. They contain smoke detectors, electrical outlet covers, closet latches, bath mats and other essentials. Thanks to the Foundation’s contribution, these kits have continued to be distributed to parents benefiting from the SIPPE program in the Outaouais region.

HOME SUPPORT PROGRAM

The Home Support Program is a fund that benefits families and individuals dealing with particular hardships or a situational crisis. It provides temporary financial assistance to help its recipients continue their treatments or access psychosocial support.

Here are a few examples of financial assistance granted in the past year thanks to the contribution of the Gatineau Health Foundation:

1. Financial assistance allowed a low-income single mother with a child with behavioural difficulties to pay for babysitters, granting her some much-needed moments of respite;

2. The Program paid registration fees to allow young people living with difficulties to participate in Projet Catamaran, a program focussed on socialization activities and providing youths with enriching experiences, strengthening their social skills and enabling them to create positive relationships, while also providing the family with a moment of respite;

3. Compression stockings were purchased for a lowincome patient with severe diabetes who has had a leg amputation and is at risk of having his second leg amputated if preventive measures are not taken;

4. Lodging expenses were reimbursed for a couple with few financial resources living in the Haute-Gatineau region. The husband, whose serious brain cancer has left him with a limited autonomy, must be accompanied by his wife five days a week to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments for a period of one month. The trips to and from the Gatineau Hospital’s Cancer Centre are exhausting for the couple and result in high transportation costs.

NEW BRAO PLUS TOYS TO BRING COMFORT TO CHILDREN

Last year, the Foundation’s contribution enabledthe Youth Protection Branch (YPB) to acquire Brao, an emotional support dog trained by the Mira Foundation, to provide support and comfort to children and teenagers going through stressful or anxiety-inducing situations. This project was a huge success, with tangible results and a skyrocketing demand for the beloved dog. It was then that Brao’s two handlers had the idea of purchasing cuddly toys made in Brao’s likeness to distribute to the children he meets. Thanks to these cute stuffed replicas, young and old alike can enjoy Brao’s comforting presence even when he’s not around.

A NEW MULTIMEDIA ROOM AT THE MAISON DE L’APPRENTI

Pictured : Isabelle Roy, Acting YCJA Manager, Jean Pigeon, GHF Director General, Colette Nadeau, Director of Youth Protection

In the winter of 2020, the Maison de l’Apprenti inaugurated its brand new multimedia room created with funding from the Foundation, in partnership with the Fondation québécoise pour les jeunes contrevenants. The multimedia room will be an invaluable tool for the staff working to rehabilitate youths, offering increased access to critical educational and interactive material while also encouraging fruitful exchanges. The Maison de l’Apprenti is a closed delinquency rehabilitation centre managed by the Youth Protection Branch of the CISSS de l’Outaouais. Its mission is to assist youths on their path to rehabilitation by helping them acquire skills and discover possibilities and resources available to them.

FINANCING OF SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT

This year, the Foundation partnered with Opération Enfant Soleil to fund various projects in pediatric and youth services, allowing the purchase of various specialized equipment. Among these are two bottle warmers, state-of-the-art devices specially designed to warm breast milk to the temperature of the mother’s body, which helps hospitalized newborns to be fed more quickly and safely. A mobile respirator specifically designed to provide regular and effective ventilation for infants and children will mean safer trips for intubated children who need to be transferred to another facility. In addition, a vein finder will help young pediatric patients who must undergo numerous venipunctures during their hospital stays. Finding veins is often difficult for this clientele. By emitting light that makes it easier to see veins and avoid multiple punctures, this device reduces stress and discomfort for children.

QUBE BEDSIDE MONITORS FOR PEDIATRICS RESUSCITATION

Thanks to the collaboration of the Outaouais’s McDonald’s restaurants and the funds raised through McHappy Day, the Gatineau Health Foundation was able to finance the purchase of new Qube bedside monitors for pediatric resuscitation at the CISSS de l’Outaouais. When installed on pediatric resuscitation carts, these monitors help medical and nursing staff work more efficiently during emergencies, thus ensuring safer healthcare for young children.

LE COPAIN – INTERMEDIATE CARE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

In order to provide better pediatric services at the Gatineau Hospital, the newly upgraded pediatric unit will soon start to offer intermediate care to the Outaouais population. As it stands, families often have to be redirected to other specialized pediatric care facilities outside the region for certain types of care and interventions. These relocations, with all the travel and related costs they incur, can cause a great deal of stress for families. In collaboration with the Daniel Brière Foundation, we contributed to redesigning the work space, adding three intermediate care beds and acquiring new specialized equipment. The first two phases of the project were completed this year, and work is continuing to complete this major undertaking.

A Green Wall for the CHSLD Lionel-Émond Nursing Home

 

Since common areas are the main gathering places in CHSLDs, they play a major role in the daily lives of residents. In order to make this space a pleasant and stimulating living environment, the Gatineau Health Foundation partnered with the Forget For a Moment Foundation to finance the construction of a “living wall” covered with greenery and flowers at the CHSLD Lionel Émond.

 

The same type of initiative, which has been shown to have beneficial effects, has also been carried out in another CHSLD in the region. The new living wall will help foster a more soothing and welcoming environment while providing a taste of nature for residents all year round.

 

Acquisition of A Mira Foundation Emotional Support Dog

Research has shown that the presence of a pet helps decrease stress in children dealing with trauma. Thanks to a $30,000 investment by the Foundation, the Youth Protection Branch (YPD) was able to acquire Brao, a Mira emotional support dog.

Electric Beds for The CHSLD Renaissance Nursing Home

The Gatineau Health Foundation helped purchase 37 electric beds, each equipped with 4 bedrails, along with 37 mattresses designed for pressure-sore prevention. Thanks to the Foundation’s $185,000 investment, the risk of dangerous falls will decrease for residents of the CHSLD Renaissance nursing home.

Pediatric Ophthalmic Surgery

The Foundation helped establish a pediatric ophthalmology service, a previously unavailable offering in Gatineau. Whereas children once had to travel to Ottawa for consultations or surgery, they can now access specialized pediatric care directly in Gatineau.

Overhaul of the food supply in the establishments of the Outaouais CISSS

Over the past year, the CISSS Outaouais has gone through a complete overhaul of its food supply. Funding provided by the Foundation was instrumental in the purchase of vital equipment for this project, such as rethermalizer carts for meal distribution, a cooling chamber, quick freezers and other equipment for the preparation of meals at the production centre. In addition, the Foundation’s contribution enabled the acquisition of equipment used to prepare meals with various, specific textures to meet the needs of of dysphagic CHSLD nursing home residents, who account for approximately 50% of all nursing home residents in the region. Textured dishes are purees molded with specialized equipment for improved appearance and presentation, while also ensuring food safety for users. Thanks to the expertise acquired by the Outaouais CISSS, many residents will be able to rediscover the simple joy of eating.

Wearable Bladder Scanner

Cardiology staff often must perform multiple ultrasound scans of their patient’s bladder. This used to mean having to borrow the necessary equipment from the neurology department, where it is also frequently needed. The situation resulted in delayed treatments and higher risks of infection. An investment from the Foundation allowed for the purchase of a vesical ultrasonograph specifically for the cardiology department, allowing the team to provide their patients with much better care.

New Technegas Technology

The Foundation helped bring this new device to Gatineau’s nuclear imaging team. The new technology allows patients aged 40 and under, as well as pregnant women, to benefit from nuclear imaging while receiving greatly reduced radiation doses. It is also used to reduce secondary kidney diseases linked to the use of intravenous contrast agents in people over 65 years of age.

Intra-Aortic Balloon

The CISSS Outaouais hemodynamics team used to have only one intra-aortic balloon pump. A second piece of equipment was needed since the balloon pump needs to accompany patients during urgent trips. The Foundation invested $80,000 to ensure that the service now has access to two devices, ensuring better and more secure treatment.

Software and Applications for Cardio Memo Heart Monitors and Pacemakers

The cardiac electrophysiology laboratory had acquired 15 new cardiac monitors thanks to generous donors. However, their implementation required new software and applications. A $45,000 contribution from the Foundation allowed the lab to put all 15 devices into use in September 2018.

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