$36.5 million raised for the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont unprecedented mobilization of the business community, with Dominique Michel

Montréal, October 23, 2018 – Dominique Michel was surrounded by some one hundred guests from the business community and HMR patients yesterday, at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR), to celebrate the achievement of unprecedented fundraising objectives in support of the HMR Foundation. Over the past 5 years, $36.5 million have been raised to support major projects, such as the creation of the Integrated Cancer Centre, which was spearheaded by Ms. Michel, the Foundation’s goodwill ambassador, as well as the Centre du Savoir, which encompasses training and development laboratories.

In addition, several patient care initiatives were instigated thanks to this campaign. These include:

  • The CARs project, a unique cancer treatment using cellular therapy;
  • The Caroline Durand Chair in Cellular Therapy for Eye Diseases from Université de Montréal;
  • The mental health project, which facilitates better suicide prevention efforts for East End Montréal youth;
  • The project on prevention, awareness and the adoption of healthy life habits for children from 0 to 17 years;
  • And the family medicine unit, facilitating quick and flexible access to its clientele.

“Together, we have carried out large-scale projects for the HMR, for the people of Montréal’s east end and for the advancement of cutting-edge research that will benefit the people of Quebec,” declared Pierre Nelis, Chair of the HMR Foundation Board of Directors. “We wish to express our most heartfelt thanks to the campaign co-presidents, to the members of the event cabinet and organizing committee, as well as to all of our donors. A special thank you goes out to Dominique Michel, who has enabled the HMR Foundation to shine on every stage.”

“We are deeply grateful for all the support we have received. Thank you to everyone who got involved with us and believed in the cause by agreeing to support this great hospital. We are proud of the amount of money that has been raised, and we are especially proud of the very concrete initiatives that will benefit HMR patients,” declared fundraising campaign co-presidents Christiane Germain, Co-President, Groupe Germain and Denis Berthiaume, Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Desjardins Group.

Guests received a warm welcome from Lulu Hughes and the Croire Fund choir, a group of choral singers who have been treated for cancer at the HMR. A powerful, emotional and inspiring moment for all of the business community volunteers who have contributed to this unprecedented success.

HMR Foundation goodwill ambassador Dominique Michel declared: “Thank you so much! I sincerely hope that the extraordinary mobilization inspired by the J’appuie Dodo Campaign will remain alive, so that it may continue to support the best of tomorrow’s medicine today!”

In attendance at this recognition activity were: Members of the Campaign Cabinet, members of the Foundation Board of Directors, Montréal Passion Vin, À Votre Santé! and Golf Tournament organizing committee members, as well as Mr. Yvan Gendron, President & CEO of the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and Lucie Drapeau, Executive Director of the HMR Foundation.

About the HMR Foundation

As a key partner for the past 40 years, the HMR Foundation has supported the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont (HMR) in its strategic development orientations in order to respond more effectively to patient needs. Deeply committed to making a difference, the Foundation supports projects focusing on the ongoing improvement of patient care, the development of teaching and the expansion of research. The Foundation solicits the financial support of individual donors, private foundations, partners and corporations. Collectively, they recognize the excellence of care provided to patients at the HMR, an outstanding hospital centre affiliated with the Université de Montréal.

On the picture : Yvan Gendron, président-directeur général du CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’ Île-de-Montréal, Denis Berthiaume, premier vice-président exécutif et chef de l’exploitation, Mouvement Desjardins, Christiane Germain, coprésidente du Groupe Germain, Pierre Nelis, président du conseil d’administration de la Fondation HMR, Dominique Michel, ambassadrice de cœur de la Fondation HMR, Lucie Drapeau, directrice générale, Fondation HMR.

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Sylvie Rousseau –
Department Manager, Communications, HMR Foundation 

Tel. 514 252-3435 / Cellphone: 514 602-2735 / srousseau@fondationhmr.ca

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