The will and the way to make it happen

We are prioritizing five key areas where we hope to make a real and lasting difference. Areas where the impacts on health and quality of life are the greatest. Areas where our expertise is recognized internationally and where there is enormous potential for further progress.

  • Action plan

    • High-risk pregnancies and perinatal medicine

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      Background:

        Every year in Quebec 6,000 babies are born prematurely and 8,000 pregnancies are classified as high-risk. Birth defects and preterm births affect more than 5% of children.

      Our plan:

        Play a proactive role throughout pregnancy to have a significant impact on newborns and the health of the next generation.

      Our strengths:

        Sainte-Justine boasts unparalleled expertise in Quebec with respect to high-risk pregnancies and critical neonatal care.

        Sainte-Justine is the largest and best provider of ultra-specialized neonatal care in Canada and, in terms of the number of patients it sees, the biggest facility of its kind in North America.

    • Brain and neurodevelopmental disorders

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      Background:

      • In Quebec, one child in five suffers from a neurological or neurodevelopmental disorder.

      • One out of every 12 Quebecers, mostly children, has a genetic condition that has a major impact on their development.

      Our plan:

      • Discover the causes of these disorders.

      • Ensure prevention and early intervention so that all children can achieve their full potential and become happy, productive adults.

      Our strengths:

      • The Sainte-Justine research team is recognized throughout the province as a leader in neurogenetics and social maladjustment. It boasts the country’s largest concentration of researchers and clinicians working in this field and has pioneered discoveries that have had a major impact on neurodevelopmental health.

      • Sainte-Justine has specialized pediatric clinics, staffed by geneticists, neurologists, clinicians and psychologists, to focus on brain disease and neurodevelopmental disorders.

    • Cancer and immune system disorders

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      Background:

      • Although the survival rate for childhood cancers now stands at 80%, two-thirds of survivors face chronic or late-onset health problems, and half develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

      • Immune system diseases such as arthritis, eczema, recurrent infections and Crohn’s disease affect 7% of the population, including a high number of children. They are the second leading cause of chronic pediatric illness.

      Our plan:

      • Achieve one of the highest survival rates for childhood cancers among mother-child hospital centres.

      • Provide the best treatment to each child, using a customized approach and keeping the adverse effects to a minimum.

      Our strengths:

      • Sainte-Justine is Canada’s largest pediatric oncology centre and is the designated bone marrow transplant facility for all of Quebec.

      • Sainte-Justine is one of the top 10 care and research facilities in the world for the treatment of congenital immune system disorders in children.

    • Musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation

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      Background:

      • In Quebec, 20,000 children and youths have scoliosis.

      • it is more crucial than ever for children with motor or language impairments to be given tools to develop their autonomy.

      Our plan:

      • Focus on earlier intervention and continuous improvement in the approaches used to minimize the physical disabilities caused by musculoskeletal disorders.

      Our strengths:

      • Sainte-Justine is the largest scoliosis facility in the country, based on surgical volume and number of researchers.

      • Sainte-Justine’s teams have spearheaded several discoveries that are having a major impact on the way musculoskeletal disorders are being treated.

    • Cardiovascular disease and acute critical care

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      Background:

      • One-third of children in Quebec are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease by the time they reach adulthood.

      • One out of every 100 children has a heart problem.

      • Accidents are the leading cause of death among children.

      Our plan:

      • Prevent cardiovascular disease before it strikes.

      • Ensure that children and teenagers have access to the best practices and leading-edge expertise with respect to acute and intensive care.

      Our strengths:

      • The Sainte-Justine research team has been the driving force behind a number of discoveries that have led to major advances in terms of heart defects and adult-onset heart disease.

      • Sainte-Justine is an innovative hospital that develops customized, leading-edge prevention programs, such as the CIRCUIT program for youth at high risk of developing heart disease.

      • Sainte-Justine has been identified as a provincial trauma centre for children and adolescents. As such, it is responsible for patients from 21 of Quebec’s 28 regional hospitals. And the Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre takes children from across the province and helps them on the road to recovery following a trauma.