TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec has chosen the city of Trois-Rivières as an introductory
site for a new type of donor collection centre intended exclusively for
the collection of plasma, a blood component for which demand is growing
The purpose of this centre, slated to open in fall 2013, is to increase
the number of plasma donations by apheresis*. This blood product is
used to produce medications for patients with a weaker immune system as
well as to treat a dozen other diseases, for example neurological
disorders. Currently, Québec depends heavily on plasma collected
abroad, and a strategy is needed to achieve an acceptable degree of
self-sufficiency in donations for these specialized medications.
"We are proud to be joining forces with the city of Trois-Rivières for
this Québec first and to be contributing to creating jobs in the area
as well as in Québec. The choice to go with Trois-Rivières for this
major project was based on the commitment of Trifluvians to the cause
of blood donation and the potential that this region of the Mauricie
offers. Trois-Rivières is unquestionably an excellent incubator for
this innovative initiative that we hope to be able to reproduce
elsewhere in Québec," explains Dr. Jean De Serres, President and CEO of Héma-Québec.
"The Héma-Québec plasma centre project confirms Trifluvians' interest in
contributing to this health care initiative. We value the creation of
quality jobs and want to assure Héma-Québec of our full support in
completing the new collection centre as well as in recruiting donors," stated Yves Lévesque, mayor of Trois-Rivières.
"The establishment of this new collection centre is a good illustration
of Héma-Québec's capacity to innovate. It is excellent news for Québec,
as it will now be able to enjoy greater autonomy with regard to blood
products," said the Minister of Health and Social Services, Réjean Hébert.
The Trois-Rivières project announced today could lead to the
establishment of other plasma donor centres in the main urban areas of
Québec within the next five years.
Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of
safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord
blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop
expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products
in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.
Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, over 300,000 donor visits to
blood drives per year, 16,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 blood
products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of
Give blood. Give life.
* The term "apheresis" refers to a blood collection technique. During a
donation by apheresis, the donor's blood passes through a device that
collects the required blood components. The blood is centrifuged and
the components that were not collected are returned to the donor.
For further information:
Media Line | 514-832-0871
City of Trois-Rivières
Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières
Conseillère en communication
Tél. : 819 374-4061, poste 5129
Attachée de presse du ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux
et ministre responsable des Aînés
Tél. : 418 266-7171