Tuesday, July 29 2014
Press release

Marie Enfant rehabilitation centre acquires a robot-assisted walking therapy device intended for children with motor disorders

A first in Québec!

Montreal, Tuesday, June 29, 2014 – CHU Sainte‐Justine’s Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre (CRME) is proud to announce the purchase of a LOKOMAT, the very first robot‐assisted walking therapy device in Québec. This state‐of‐the‐art equipment will also help us gain invaluable knowledge.

“At CHU Sainte‐Justine we have developed expertise that has helped us become a centre of excellence in musculoskeletal disorders and in rehabilitation medicine thereby benefiting Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre. The integration of health care, education and research is at the core of CHU Sainte‐Justine’s innovations and thus allows us, through the implementation of specific projects, to measure and assess those undertakings for the greater benefit of our clients,” stated Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Chief Executive Office at CHU Sainte‐Justine.

This equipment will be used for patients with different pathological conditions affecting coordination, balance and movement. These pathologies are the result of spinal cord injuries, lesions of the central nervous system (cerebral palsy), or patients suffering from acquired central nervous system pathologies (strokes, traumatic brain injuries, meningitis, etc.). More than 500 children between 4 and 18 years of age will benefit from this high performance equipment. Mr. François Hudon, President of the Board of Directors at Fondation Mélio, is “delighted by this uniting and mobilizing project, carried out in partnership with therapists, families of children who will be using this equipment and Fondation CHU Sainte‐Justine, brought together in an effort to speed up the purchase of this pioneering equipment. “This was the most important fundraising event ever undertaken by Fondation Mélio, achieved through, among other things, the support of the Mavridakis family, and I am extremely proud of it”, he noted.

The cost and installation of this equipment amounts to $650,000 and financing was made possible by the joint contribution of Fondation Mélio and Fondation CHU Sainte‐Justine. In fact, this is the first time on record that both foundations have pooled their strengths together in such a large‐scale project. “Fondation CHU Sainte‐Justine is proud to be part of this partnership which falls within the framework of our Healing More Better campaign. We committed to support the implementation of innovative clinical and research rehabilitation projects,” added Ms. Anièle Lecoq, President and Chief Executive Officer for Fondation CHU Sainte‐Justine.

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CHU Sainte-Justine
Véronique Simoneau
Communications Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
514 345‐4931 ext. 2557

For information
CHU Sainte‐Justine’s Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Center
Fondation Mélio and CHU Sainte‐Justine Foundation


About CHU Sainte‐Justine
Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte‐Justine is the largest mother and child centre in Canada and the 2nd largest pediatric centre in North America. CHU Sainte‐Justine is a member of Université de Montréal’s extended network of excellence in health (RUIS), with 5,153 employees, including 1,392 nurses and nursing assistants, 1,036 health professionals, 520 physicians, dentists and pharmacists and 822 residents, as well as more than 250 researchers, 300 volunteers and 3,400 interns and students in all disciplines. CHUSJ has 484 beds, 35 of which are located at Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME), the only centre in Quebec exclusively dedicated to pediatric rehabilitation. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized CHU Sainte‐Justine as a “health promoting hospital.” chu‐sainte‐justine.org

About Fondation Mélio
Fondation Mélio is a non‐profit organization, whose mission has been to help children with motor or language deficiencies to improve their independence by supporting research and financing the creation, implementation and ongoing development of specialized services at Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre. fondation‐melio.org

About CHU Sainte‐Justine Foundation
Through community support, CHU Sainte‐Justine Foundation strives to accelerate the pace of leading‐edge research at Sainte‐Justine, in an effort to heal more children and do it better. The Foundation is committed to building a healthier tomorrow by delivering a standard of care that is among the best in the world. www.fondation‐sainte‐justine.org

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