A GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre at Centre Laval

    LAVAL, QC, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Citizens of Laval and of Montreal's North
Shore now have another way to save lives. There was an official ceremony today
to celebrate the opening of a new GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre at our new
premises at Centre Laval. Héma-Québec's personnel and volunteers have been
welcoming donors to the centre since December 15th.
    "We are pleased to officially inaugurate a GLOBULE Centre in Laval. A few
years ago, we started opening GLOBULE Centres in shopping malls that had
important customer traffic. Our goal is to give donors the best possible
service in easily accessible places in a friendly and modern atmosphere", said
Dr. Francine Décary, President and Chief Executive Officer for Héma-Québec, to
the many guests gathered for this event, including Laval Mayor Mr. Gilles
    "There is already a strong tradition of blood donation in Laval since the
annual blood drive organized by the city is the largest in Canada. This new
GLOBULE Centre will enable donors to partake in this essential societal
activity more regularly", said Laval Mayor Mr. Gilles Vaillancourt.
    GLOBULE Laval is easily accessible and open 7 days a week, which will
make every blood donation experience positive and pleasant. Donors from the
region can make appointments to give blood and also donate special blood
components. The opening of this new GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre ensures that
the city's North Shore residents will benefit from another opportunity to give
life up to 6 times a year, which is once every 56 days!
    The GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre, while reaching a larger pool of donors,
also has the particular advantage of enabling Héma-Québec to collect certain
blood components, such as platelets, which cannot be done in mobile donor
clinics. Obviously, the GLOBULE concept is complementary to our mobile clinics
which account for 87% of our annual organized blood drives. Two other GLOBULE
centres welcome visitors, at Place Versailles in Montreal and in the borough
of Sainte-Foy in Québec.

    For more information on Laval's GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre, you may
consult Héma-Québec's web site at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca, in the Blood Donation
section, or call 514 832-5000, extension 408 for platelet donations, and
extension 525 for blood donations.

    About Héma-Québec

    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; provide and develop expertise along with
specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion
medicine and human tissue transplantation.
    Héma-Québec is close to 1,100 employees, some 2,000 days of blood drives,
16,000 volunteer partners and more than 460,000 blood products delivered each
year to Québec hospitals to meet patients' needs.

    Give blood. Give life.

For further information:

For further information: Laurent Paul Ménard, Communications Director,
(514) 832-0871, laurent-paul.menard@hema-quebec.qc.ca; www.hema-quebec.qc.ca

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