2013 - 2018

Healing More Better campaign

On December 12, 2012, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation launched Healing More Better, a five-year, $150-million fundraising campaign.

The purpose of the initiative is to empower Sainte-Justine to step up the pace of its research efforts and explore innovations to heal more children in Quebec and to keep doing it better.

For more information on Healing More Better, click here.

2008 - 2012

Picture Me Growing Up Healthy campaign

Drawing inspiration from the Growing Up Healthy campaign, the Foundation laid the groundwork for a new fundraising initiative known as Picture me healthy

The goal was to support medical excellence at Sainte-Justine in order to provide the children of Quebec with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world.

The money raised by the Foundation went toward healthcare, research and teaching initiatives. Perinatal care, cardiac sciences and neurodevelopment became three areas where Sainte-Justine is now considered to be one of the top 10 facilities in the world.

2008 - 2012

Smart pumps

Because weight can vary enormously from one young patient to the next, it is crucial that any intravenous medications be dispensed with the utmost accuracy.

Smart pumps are equipped with a sophisticated electronic system that makes it possible to administer IV drugs in a carefully controlled and safe manner. And because they display real-time information for each patient, smart pumps ensure greater efficiency in terms of the planning, preparation and management of each course of treatment.

2008 - 2012

Additional palliative care rooms

Pediatric palliative care rooms provide terminally ill children and their families with a comfortable, home-like environment that is adapted to their specific needs.

These facilities are peaceful, private, warm and respectful so that families can make the most of the time they have left, once active treatment is no longer an option.

2008 - 2012

Smart hospital beds

Smart hospital beds make it possible to closely monitor the vital signs of young trauma patients at Sainte-Justine. Readings are recorded, compiled and analyzed on a continuous basis, enabling physicians to make informed decisions in a timely manner and thus save more lives.

2008 - 2012

Funding for research on the genetic determinants of leukemia

The cure rate for childhood cancers now hovers at around 80%. But two out of three survivors experience chronic health problems later in life as a result of the cancer-fighting treatments they received in their youth.

Dr. Daniel Sinnett and his team are studying the genetic determinants at the origin of these problems among survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of blood cancer in children.

The goal is to develop a more personalized treatment approach that is tailored as closely as possible to the needs of each child.


2008 - 2012

Forging ahead with research on extremely preterm babies

The survival rate for extremely preterm babies is now hovering around the 80%–90% mark, although the future health outlook is still uncertain.  

Dr. Anne Monique Nuyt and her team are hard at work trying to identify the warning signs of illness likely to develop in preemies once they reach adulthood. Their research will help guide early intervention and active prevention efforts.

2008 - 2012

State-of-the-art anesthesia monitor

The virtual anesthesia monitor (E.V.A.) tracks critical medical information during an operation, providing real-time information with pinpoint accuracy on heart, lung, brain, kidney and liver function. Sainte-Justine is the first pediatric facility in Quebec to use this ultramodern piece of equipment.

2008 - 2012

Clinical development centre for medical experts

This healthcare simulation centre is the only one of its kind in Canada. It uses medical dummies and computer programs to teach procedures and techniques specific to pediatric and obstetric medicine.

The centre gives healthcare professionals from across the province the opportunity to fine-tune their skills.

2008 - 2012

A giant leap forward in cardiac care

The Opération Enfant Soleil Hybrid Cardiac Operating Room is the first of its kind in Quebec and makes the CHU Sainte-Justine one of the world’s most advanced facilities for treating complex heart conditions in babies and children, from the fetal stage through to adolescence.

2008 - 2012

Launch of the CIRCUIT program

CIRCUIT is an outside-of-the-box program designed to serve the 30% of the youth population in Quebec at risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The goal is to establish a custom-designed intervention program for each patient based on the fitness facilities available to them in their community.

2008 - 2012

Launch of “Soirées PARENTS en tournée”

The Soirées PARENTS en tournée program features a series of evening presentations for parents and members of the medical and education communities across Quebec.

The meetings deal with a range of topics intended to provide support, advice and tips on improving the way participants interact with children.

Click here to find out the upcoming meetings calendar.

2008 - 2012

Breakthroughs in scoliosis screening

Considered to be a “world first,” the scoliosis research laboratory was set up to support the work of Dr. Alain Moreau and his team. Scoliosis affects more than a million children and adolescents in North America. The progress made thus far points to a day in the not-so-distant future when this condition can be eradicated.

2008 - 2012

Creation of the Department of Health Promotion

The purpose of the Centre of Excellence in Health Promotion is to support the optimal development of children, promote wellness and prevent disease by advocating healthy lifestyle habits.

A number of initiatives have been introduced since the Centre’s creation in 2007, including the CIRCUIT program, the Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, the introduction of healthy vending machines and a study on the health of adult preemies.

2002 - 2005

Growing Up Healthy campaign

Launched in 2002, the Growing Up Healthy campaign raised $125 million over four years to support the construction of new ultramodern healthcare and research facilities at Sainte-Justine.

The goal of the Growing Up Healthy modernization project was to provide patients, families, healthcare practitioners, students, educators and researchers with state-of-the-art facilities adapted to their needs. 

The CHU Sainte -Justine of tomorrow

2002 - 2005


Sainte-Justine’s ultramodern facilities are designed specifically to facilitate the delivery of highly specialized medical treatment, making it one of the top pediatric university hospitals in the world.
The current hospital will grow in size by about 65%. The infrastructure for this expansion is either already in place or under construction.

  • Expansion of the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

  • Redesign of the neonatal care unit and expansion from 57 to 80 beds

  • Relocation of the Manoir Ronald MacDonald

  • Construction of a specialized units building

  • Construction of a research centre

  • Construction of rooms and an auditorium for teaching purposes

  • Development of a multilevel parking garage for 1,500 –1,800 vehicles

1995 - 1999

Investir pour l’amour des enfants campaign

The Foundation launched the Investir pour l’amour des enfants campaign in 1995, with the aim of raising $45 million over a five-year horizon.

The funds were used to renovate the day centres and outpatient clinics, purchase highly specialized equipment and support basic and clinical research on childhood and maternal diseases.

That same year, Sainte-Justine became a full-fledged mother-child university hospital centre. This new status put it on equal footing with some of Canada’s largest healthcare facilities. As the country’s largest mother-child university hospital centre, Sainte-Justine was able to bring research, care and teaching activities together under one roof to deliver the highest-quality pediatric and maternity care in the world, right here in Quebec.

1995 - 1999

Creation of a scholarship program targeting the best and brightest minds from here and around the world

Every year, this scholarship program makes it possible for our experts to fine-tune their knowledge abroad as well as attract international specialists to Sainte-Justine’s own programs.

By giving the best hopes for tomorrow the opportunity to hone their knowledge today, these scholarships are pointing the way toward new solutions for children and expectant mothers. And they are making sure Sainte-Justine stays at the forefront of medical science.

Creation of a scholarship program for nurses
Since 1999, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, in partnership with the Gustav Levinschi Foundation, has been presenting graduate and postgraduate scholarships to nurses looking to pursue higher education.

1987 - 1994

The Beginnings of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation came into being in 1987 with the merger of the Fondation Justine Lacoste-Beaubien and Fondation Sainte-Justine. The dedication and vision of Sainte-Justine founder Justine Lacoste-Beaubien remain the Foundation’s guiding principles to this day.

The new administrative structure made it possible for the Foundation to set increasingly ambitious goals from one year to the next. Prior to the merger, in 1983, the two foundations contributed a combined $900,000 to the hospital. A mere decade a later, the total raised to support research and procure equipment had shot up to $5 million.