Dr. Francine Décary made an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec

    QUEBEC CITY, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec President and Chief
Executive Officer Dr. Francine Décary has been made an officer of the Ordre
national du Québec by Québec's Premier Jean Charest. The Ordre is the highest
distinction awarded by the Government of Québec, and was presented at a
ceremony held at the Parliament building in Québec City.
    Ms. Décary was named an Officer of the Order in recognition for her
contributions as a scientist and manager. "In the space of a few years, she
has made Héma-Québec one of the safest and most reliable manufacturers of
blood products in the world. Today the organization is attracting attention
from specialists all over the world who are interested in its business model,
which allies scientific culture with business culture," stated the Secrétariat
de l'Ordre national du Québec in a press release.
    A trained hematologist, Francine Décary is also a scientific researcher
and dynamic manager who rapidly guided Québec's blood organization to a level
of excellence. She founded Héma-Québec in 1998 after the contaminated blood
scandal affecting the country spurred a reorganization of the Canadian blood
management system.
    Dr. Décary was born in Montréal and received her training in medicine and
hematology at the Université de Montréal. During the 70s, after receiving
specialized training in transfusion at the New York Blood Center, she enrolled
in a research program at the Netherland Red Cross' central laboratory in
Amsterdam. This step led to a doctorate (PhD) in immunohematology from the
University of Amsterdam.
    Thereafter, she was a long-time medical director and manager in
Transfusion Services for the Canadian Red Cross. For over ten years, she
directed research activities in transfusion medicine. In 1987, she was put in
charge of managing transfusion services in Montréal, then all of Québec, and
finally Eastern Canada. In 1996, she completed a master's degree in business
administration (MBA) for managers at the Université de Sherbrooke. In 1998,
she founded Héma-Québec.
    Since she took up her duties as President and Chief Executive Officer of
Héma-Québec, Ms. Décary has rallied Red Cross employees and volunteers around
Héma-Québec's mission and has surrounded herself with a highly effective team,
the driving force behind the organisation. With a constant eye to controlling
risk, the manager has taken a unique approach in the field of transfusion
medicine, by allying entrepreneurial with scientific culture. She has earned
world-wide recognition from her peers and, in just a few years, has succeeded
in making Héma-Québec one of the safest and most reliable manufacturers of
blood products in the world. Héma-Québec has expanded its mandate over the
years to provide human tissues and stem cells as well.
    Research remains an essential activity for the manager. In fact, over
40 researchers work at Héma-Québec's establishment in Québec City, in the
field of cellular engineering, operational research and bioproduction, keeping
the organisation on the cutting edge of scientific advances.
    Over the course of her career, Dr. Décary has received a number of
distinctions for her work as a scientist, an able manager and an exceptional
woman: Médecin de coeur et d'action award (1999), Ortho Award (2002), Medal
for International Merit of Blood (2002), Prix du Réseau des Femmes d'affaires
du Québec in the "Cadre ou professionnel, organisme public ou parapublic"
category, submitted by Hydro-Québec (2003), Woman of Distinction (2004) by the
Women's Y Foundation of Montréal and the Prix du Québec's prix Armand-Frappier
(2005). Ms. Décary was also named one of the "40 personnalités qui font bouger
le Québec" (40 movers and shakers in Québec) according to Québec Magazine.

    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 1,300 employees, some 2,000 days of blood drives
and close to 300,000 blood donors each year, 16,000 volunteer partners and
more than 450,000 blood products delivered each year to Québec hospitals to
meet patients' needs.

    Give blood. Give life.

For further information:

For further information: Valérie Legault, Information Officer, (514)
832-0871, valerie.legault@hema-quebec.qc.ca, www.hema-quebec.qc.ca; Source:
Laurent Paul Ménard, Communications Director

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