Close to $28M to offer the best healthcare in the Montérégie

Our major fundraising campaign, VITAL, is a wrap! This ambitious campaign has raised close to $28M since 2017.

The campaign owes its success to the community’s incredible show of generosity. A heartfelt thanks to all our donors and partners. Not to mention the volunteers in our campaign cabinet who led the way. Thanks to you, our Hospital can provide quality care that is safe and at the cutting edge of technology.

— Nathalie Boudreau, Executive Director of Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne

Thank you to everyone who took part in this vital movement to support health in the Montérégie. Without our donors’ unwavering support, our major projects would not get off the ground. Your support is crucial to offering the very best healthcare, close to home.

— Benoit Lemieux, Co-President of the major campaign

Your impact

This announcement is another step towards advancing YOUR vision. Improving access to healthcare for the Montérégie’s 1.5 million residents.

Here are the four priority projects that will transform the lives of thousands of patients thanks to the funds raised for critical areas like oncology, endoscopy, research and mental health.

Oncology – Purchase of a PET scanner

Your generosity will mean more precise diagnoses and better cancer treatments for our patients! Your donations will mean the purchase of a positron emission tomography scanner (PET scanner).

The PET scanner is a device that looks like an X-ray machine, with a large hole in the centre. It is used primarily in oncology to detect cancerous tumours and to monitor their evolution. It can also be used in cardiology and neurology.

Each year, some 2000 patients will benefit from this new technology, without having to travel to Montréal or Sherbrooke. 

Endoscopy – Relocation and two more treatment rooms in the digestive and pulmonary endoscopy department

The funds raised will pay for more examination rooms in the endoscopy department. Your support means that more patients with colorectal cancer or other diseases will be diagnosed more quickly.

This is more important than ever because the pandemic has created a deficit of 100 000 colonoscopies. That means 5000 to 10 000 patients run the risk of a late cancer diagnosis. More screening rooms mean fewer patients left waiting—thanks to you!

Stay tuned for the inauguration of these new screening rooms this fall!

Photo: Michaël Bensoussan, gastroenterologist

Research – Creation of a research chair for the improvement of cancer patient care

Your donations created a Research Chair to improve the effectiveness of cancer patient care.

The purpose of this Chair is to develop, implement and evaluate innovative treatments for optimal outcomes. And above all, to help people with cancer and their families cope better during this difficult time.

Thank you for making scientific breakthroughs a reality so that cancer patients and their families can receive comprehensive and continuous care!

Photo: Nathalie Boudreau, Executive Director of Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne, during the launch of the Research Chair for the Improvement of Cancer Patient Care, with Jean-Pierre Perreault, Maryse Guay, Dominique Tremblay, Pierre Cossette and Dominique Dorion.

Mental health – Funding and deploying mental health programs

Your generosity helps thousands of people with mental illness. Your support is more important than ever. The current number of adults in the Montérégie with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder or major depression is twice as high as before the pandemic. And the numbers are rising!

Your compassion is helping to ease the effects of the health crisis on the psychological health and lifestyle of our patients of all ages. Among other things, your donations support the Horizon 4 Saisons Project—an innovative approach that employs nature and adventure to treat youth between the ages of 13 and 18.

THANK YOU! The truth is that without you, we simply could not help all of these patients so deeply affected by the pandemic.

Photo: Megan, a participant in the Horizon 4 Saisons Program

People with heart!
A special thanks to the campaign cabinet

Co-presidents

Mario Desautels
Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Solutions and Processes for Commercial Banking
National Bank of Canada

Benoit Lemieux 
President, Gestion immobilière BCL
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne

Sylvain Prud’homme (2017-2019)
Former CEO
Lowe’s Canada

Replaced by

Jean-Sébastien Lamoureux (2019-2021)
Senior Vice-President – Rona Affiliates, Wholesale and Public Affairs
Rona

Sponsors

Jean-François Breton
Former President
Carbonleo

Jacques-Philippe Faucher
Director of Education and University Affairs
CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Michel Robert
President and Chief Executive Officer
Groupe Robert

Vincent Roy
Pharmacist-owner
Uniprix

Martin Thibodeau
Regional President, British Columbia
RBC Royal Bank

And all the directors who have sat on the Board of Directors since the start of the campaign.

Portrait of a committed philanthropic entrepreneur

Benoit Lemieux and his wife, Geneviève Letendre

Benoit Lemieux’s connection to Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne is a story of family. He was born at Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne. So were his brothers and sisters, and his children. He grew up in Brossard. Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne is “his” hospital.

He was brought into the fold by his father, Serge Lemieux, founder of Groupe LSR—a family-run real estate company on Montréal’s South Shore—and a major philanthropist who has long been involved with our Foundation. And he has followed in his father’s philanthropic footsteps.  

At the helm of the only university hospital foundation on the South Shore, and determined to adopt the highest standards for charitable organizations, he has had a major impact on improving the Foundation’s policies and governance.

Examples of his deep commitment include his role in the 2017–2020 strategic plan and his co-presidency of the cabinet for the major campaign in 2017.

As Chairman of the Foundation, he has been a driving force behind the unrivaled success of its flagship events. Under his governance, Québec’s hospital foundations were invited to join the Generations Challenge, an unprecedented province-wide solidarity movement in response to our hospitals’ most pressing needs! His initiative led to the resounding success of the Philanthropists’ Wine Cellar to support the mental health of our youth! And let’s not forget the Golf Classic, which became the 2012 Serge-Lemieux Golf Classic in memory of his father. This event has raised over $1,675,000 under Mr. Lemieux’s leadership. To say nothing of the generous donation he and his wife made to our major campaign!

Bravo and, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU on behalf of all the patients and their families who benefit from the incredible dedication and generosity of Benoit Lemieux, his wife, Geneviève Letendre, and their children.

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR CAMPAIGN DONORS AND PARTNERS!

$200,000 +
BMO Bank of Montreal
Benoit Lemieux and Geneviève Letendre
Lowe’s Canada
National Bank of Canada

$100,000 to $199,999
Agropur
CIBC
Estate of Jean-Marie Arès
Estate of Élise Baillargé
Estate of Gilles Giroux
Fondation Lise et Richard Fortin
Métro Richelieu
National Bank of Canada
Omnium Marie-José Champagne
Pratt & Whitney
Roger Savard
Scotiabank
Sivanna Pek
Société des Médecins de l’Université de Sherbrooke

$50,000 to $99,999
A. Lassonde
Abbott Laboratories
Amgen Canada
Bell Canada
Benefaction
Boston Scientific
CanadaHelps
Diversico
Estate of Giuseppe Bavaresco
Estate of Roger Brisson
Estate of Daniel Hamelin
Estate of Gilberte Rigault
Éric Fortin
Héroux Devtek
Laurentian Bank
Mouvement des caisses Desjardins
Oscar A. Pekau
Power Corporation of Canada
Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation
Ho-Huu Quynh Anh
Spectra Premium
The Molson Foundation

$10,000 to $49,999
4544943 Canada Inc.
9128-2657 Québec Inc.
Abbott Medical Canada
AbbVie Corporation
AGF Group Foundation
Alithya
Laurette Alix
Apotex
AstraZeneca Canada
André Bérard
Biron Health Group
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada)
Raymond Boudreau
Michel Brisebois
Lyne Brodeur
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
CGI
Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation
Chartwell Retirement Residences
King Chi Yuen
Pierre Claprood
CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ Community Fund
Conam Charitable Foundation
Covidien
Frederick Cribb
Danone
Pierre E. Dubuc
Église Nouvelle Vie de Longueuil
Eisai
Estate of Shirley Adelia Eagles Stevenson
Estate of Robert Barbeau
Estate of Eleonora Bavaresco
Estate of Jean-Paul Carrière
Estate of Daniel Cloutier
Estate of Pierre Côté
Estate of Jacques Gagné
Estate of Yvon Leroux
Estate of Gustave Sperling
Estate of Jeannine Tremblay
Estate of Guy Vernier
Fondation de l’Hôpital Saint-Lambert
Fondation Paul-A. Fournier
GDI Integrated Facility Services
Gestion Gilles Belisle
Gestion Classique
Gestion Jean-Louis Julien
Gilead Sciences Canada
Great-West, London Life and Canada Life
Roger Grégoire
Groupe Park Avenue
HLS Therapeutics
Hydro-Québec
Industrielle Alliance – Real Estate
Innomar Strategies
Philip Kerub
Suzanne Lacoste Lemieux
Nellie Ladouceur
La Maison Darche
Claire Lauzon
Le Buffet des Continents
Marcel Lépine
Rosaire Lévesque
Loxcreen
Vincent Maruca
McKesson Canada
Gilles Mercille
Jeanne D’Arc Morency
Dr. Luong Nguyen
NorthWest Healthcare Properties
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada
Brian O’Malley
Marie-Rose Paradis
PB Medevice
Almée Perreault
Pfizer Canada
Pharmacie Jean Coutu, Saint-Lambert
Pharmaprix Greenfield Park
Pharmaprix Les Promenades Saint-Bruno
Pharmaprix Saint-Hubert
Pharmaprix Vieux-Longueuil
Réal Plourde
Pneus Bélisle
Jocelyn Poirier
Productions J
Québec matériel médical
François Rainville
RBC Royal Bank
Marc-André Robichaud
Henri Rochefort
Rôtisseries Benny
Pierre Seccareccia
Servo-Robot
Sisters of Providence
Julie Snyder
Société immobilière SYM
Stikeman Elliott
TD Bank Group
Traction UAP
UCB Canada
Uni-Select Canada
Zahi Saab

$5,000 to $9,999
9360-1433 Québec Inc.
Dr. Michaël Bensoussan
Dr. Jean-Martin Boulanger
Berthe Chénard
Lun Heng Chip
Vladimir Colon de Franciosi
Connor, Clark & Lunn Foundation
Jean Dussault
Dynamic Funds Tower
Épisode
Erivan Gecom
Estate of Annick Sohi
Dr. Jacques-Philippe Faucher
Pierre Fillion
Fondation Carmand Normand
Clémence Gasse Cantin
Simon Gaudet
Gestion Claude Benny
Go Orthodontistes
Vanessa Gosselin Grenier
Institut Teccart
Janssen
Johnson & Johnson
Claude Joubert
KABS Laboratories
Martial Laniel
Œuvres Régis-Vernet
Patricia Owens
Denis Pépin
Lorenzo Pietrantonio
Roland Pratte
Ginette Roberge
Marc-André Robichaud
Sanofi-Aventis Canada
SNC-Lavalin
Stingray Group
Gustave St Martin
Therrien Couture Joli-Cœur
The Sisters of Saint-Joseph of Saint-Hyacinthe
The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary of Québec
Ville de Longueuil