With state-of-the-art facilities, CHU Sainte-Justine is able to carry out its mission of clinical care, education, research, and health promotion in its six areas of excellence.
These areas of excellence were chosen for their extensive expertise in delivering high quality specialized care, conducting world-class research, and providing high-level education.
Our pursuit for medical excellence has positioned CHU Sainte-Justine as one of the top ten mother-child hospital centres in the world, in the following fields:
- Perinatal care
CHU Sainte-Justine is Quebec’s premier destination for mothers experiencing high-risk pregnancies and possesses the largest neonatal care centre in North America with a capacity of 80 incubators for preterm babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
We are a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTN), a network composed of three Canadian centres and ten American hospitals specializing in fetal therapy. Fetal therapy, fetal malformation surgery, and treatment for problems related to twin pregnancies are just a few of the many services provided.
- Cardiac sciences
CHU Sainte-Justine receives more than 10 000 visits in Pediatric Cardiology each year. Our team of experts makes 3 500 visits in itinerant clinics across Quebec and performs over 2 600 fetal heart ultrasound examinations annually.
About 400 patients undergo corrective surgery or catheterization for heart defects each year. CHU Sainte-Justine is privileged to have on staff the only pediatric cardiologist in Canada who has subspecialty training in genetics.
CHU Sainte-Justine is a North American leader in this field, both in clinical care and research. We are recognized for the attention we give to our little patients and their families. Our cancer centre houses the pediatric bone marrow and cord blood transplant programs for the entire province of Quebec.
We are one of the five most active pediatric centres in cord blood transplants in North America and were the first Canadian pediatric centre to obtain accreditation from the prestigious Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). CHU Sainte-Justine is also the only institution in Quebec to conduct all forms of solid organ transplants.
CHU Sainte Justine receives more than 37 000 visits each year from children who require care for such conditions as Tourette syndrome, epilepsy, autism, developmental delays, language disorders, mood disorders, hyperactivity, etc. Our team comprising of more than 35 internationally renowned researchers strives to uncover the causes of these complex disorders.
- Musculoskeletal diseases and movement sciences
CHU Sainte-Justine exercises world leadership in introducing innovative solutions that contribute to the well-being of children living with musculoskeletal diseases: invention of the flexible corset, new computer-assisted surgical techniques, and postural patterning and assessment to provide children in wheelchairs with increased independence. The team is recognized for its multidisciplinary nature (medical imaging, molecular genetics, and biomechanical engineering).
- Health Promotion
The CHU Sainte-Justine Health Promotion Centre develops, implements, and assesses health promotion and disease prevention programs that are specifically aimed at improving the health of mothers, children, and teenagers of Quebec.
These intervention, research, education and knowledge-sharing initiatives primarily focus on reducing risk factors associated to numerous health problems, both at the individual and collective levels. Our programs are carried out in many different areas, such as the promotion of breastfeeding, prevention of heart disease and shaken baby syndrome, detection of hearing loss in newborns, and implementation of measures aimed at promoting healthier eating habits.
In association with our health care partners, the Centre also strives to be involved in the development of public policies that foster and support good health in a context of sustainable development. All of the Centre’s strategies are aimed at both the general public and vulnerable population groups, such as cultural communities and marginalized families.
Accredited as a health-promoting establishment by the World Health Organization, our Health Promotion Centre is also responsible for developing the Employee Wellness Program of the CHU Sainte-Justine.