The Impact of your Donation
For research, humanizing care and upgrading of high-tech equipment.
Every donation to the CHUS Foundation, regardless of amount, makes a real difference in the life of the people of Estrie, from birth to end of life. Specifically, all of the donations have a significant impact for you, your family, and your social circle.
The CHUS Foundation supports medical research through the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CRCHUS). Supporting research not only helps advance medical practices, but also allows us to offer certain treatments or care to local patients more quickly.
Through the CRCHUS — a world-class research and innovation centre — the Foundation is able to support projects that have a real impact for the benefit of the Eastern Townships population. Medical innovation allows for better treatment for patients and attracts talented professionals to the Eastern Townships
Research on Lyme Disease and Emerging Infections
In 2020, there were 274 human cases of Lyme disease reported in Quebec, in comparison to 32 in 2011. This infection is caused by the transmission of a bacterium through a tick bite and can have serious health consequences. Although the disease is notifiable in Quebec, its understanding by the medical community is limited as a result of its recent outbreak
Additionally, there is an increase in other tick-borne diseases and mosquito-borne infections, such as the West Nile virus.
Men’s Health Research
Health issues related to the male sexual sphere have long been taboo, and even today, many men delay consultation when dealing with conditions afflicting them. Currently in Quebec, there are no centres dedicated to research on testicular cancer, which has no apparent symptoms and most often affects men with a healthy lifestyle and a high socio-economic profile.
It is nonetheless the most common cancer among men aged 15 to 35. Every year, a few dozen cases are recorded and treated in Estrie, and the numbers continue to increase.
The Fondation du CHUS contributes to the upgrading of high-tech equipment in each of the departments and services of the Fleurimont Hospital and the Hôtel-Dieu de Sherbrooke.
This equipment is a true innovation in the medical field. It allows for better and less invasive treatment of patients, and for faster treatment of a greater number of patients.
Acquisition of a Linear Accelerator
Linear accelerators are essential to any radiation therapy centre. Fleurimont Hospital has four of these devices and they are used every day to their full capacity, sometimes requiring additional hours to meet demand and treat patients as quickly as possible. These devices produce extremely high intensity X-rays that destroy cancer cells.
They provide versatile, adapted treatments for each patient with high-level precision to effectively treat the pathology.
Fleurimont Operating Block
The CIUSSS de l'Estrie - CHUS performs more than 40,000 surgical procedures in six operating rooms and outpatient clinics in its territory. It has close to 15,000 patients on its waiting lists for surgery in various specialties. The implementation of a high-tech integrated operating room at Fleurimont Hospital aims to ensure continuity of patient care by increasing the number of operations that can be performed each day.
The technical facilities in the Sherbrooke area are currently saturated and patient transfers to other regions are limited, given that the services are not available in some centres.
Humanizing care is an integral part of the mission of the CHUS Foundation. This focus is defined simply: Develop a compassionate environment conducive to healing.
The objective is to provide care and services with a caring outlook, responding to the needs of users and respecting their values and rights. This caring, human-centred approach is based on the quality of communication between the care provider and the person receiving care.
The focus is on the person, their health, their condition and their recovery or end-of-life process, not just their illness. The care team is sensitive to the suffering, concerns, questions and meaning that the person gives to their situation.
Age-Appropriate Approach in the Hospital Environment
The physical environment of a hospital centre influences the functional recovery of seniors who need to stay for extended periods. Functional decline can result in several problems such as mobility disorders, sleep disorders, incontinence, or metabolic disorders, and can lead to delirium or even immobilization syndrome.
The adapted approach project for seniors at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS aims to integrate an advisor to provide clinical support to professional staff during the coming year and to implement computerized tools to optimize follow-ups.
Virtual Clinic for Anxiety Disordersand Depression
Nearly 20% of Quebec’s population will experience an anxiety disorder or depression during their lifetime. These common mental disorders are associated with significant psychological distress, which has impacts on the functioning of people suffering from them. Less than one in two people accesses a proven treatment according to clinical practice guidelines.
The CHUS Research Centre (CRCHUS) is currently implementing a virtual cognitive-behavioural therapy platform to foster access to treatment.
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At the CHUS Foundation, we will be pleased to support you in your thinking and to work with your financial or legal advisor to help you establish the form of donation that best suits your philanthropic objectives, while taking into account your personal and financial situation.
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