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CHU Sainte-Justine
Wednesday, March 28 2018
Press release

Semaine de la qualité et de l’innovation: April 5 to 12, 2018

The winds of innovation are blowing at CHU Sainte-Justine

Montréal, March 28, 2018 – Artificial intelligence working for newborns or supporting people suffering from anxiety, virtual reality to treat stuttering, inspiring journeys in nursing care, healing art, innovative ecosystems of local and international teams. These are just a few of the ideas that will be featured at Semaine de la qualité et de l’innovation at the Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) Sainte-Justine from April 5 to 12.

Established to unveil innovations that are forging the future of healthcare, the first edition of the event will present 200 activities over six days, with input from over 130 change-makers.  This ambitious program will fill the vast atrium in the CHU Sainte-Justine’s new building and all the surrounding spaces.

“We’re pleased to be able to showcase the innovative strengths of Sainte-Justine and its partners, who are all working together to improve the health of the children, teens and mothers of Québec,” announced Dr. Fabrice Brunet, CEO of the CHU Sainte-Justine.


The event is structured around six major themes:

This selection of activities provides a good overview of the diversity of the issues that will be discussed:  

In the Grandes conférences series

  • Technological innovation in the service of health
    How are new technologies transforming health and healthcare? By Diane Côté, CEO of MEDTEQ.
    (April 5, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • The journey of an engaged nurse
    Gertrude Bourdon, Executive Director of the CHU de Québec, recounts her extraordinary journey.
    (April 9, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • From nurse to Executive Director: A special journey
    Lucie Tremblay, president of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec, presents her vision of the role of the profession in Québec.
    (April 9, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • CIRENE and innovation in neurodevelopment
    Early screening for neurodevelopmental disorders is crucial. It is the mission of CIRENE, a unique project in North America. By Dr. Lionel Carmant, neurologist.
    (April 11, 11:00 to 11:45 a.m., Amphitheatre 250)

In the Exposez-vous! series

(20-minute presentations)

  • Digital health by PROMPT
    The digital revolution is also happening in health!
    (April 5, 9:45 a.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • The SAT Living Lab and the CHUSJ
    Virtual reality to mitigate the pain of child burn victims.
    (April 6, 9:30 a.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • Espace Transition at the Montréal Museum of Fine Art
    The art of connecting with youth struggling with psychiatric disorders.
    (April 6, 10:00 a.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • Megadata for mental health prevention strategies
    Big Data to the rescue for mental disorders.
    (April 10, 12:00 noon, Amphitheatre 250)
  • New therapeutic approaches for pediatric leukemias.
    (April 10, 3:15 p.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • Innovative breakthrough to counter prematurity and its harmful consequences.
    (April 10, 4:00 p.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • Chat, text, email…
    New ways to help struggling teens.
    (April 12, 10:45 a.m., Amphitheatre 250)

In the Foire  series

(April 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Jardin Quatre-Saisons)

  • 3D printing and its many applications for health.
  • The Virtu-Oses project helps children overcome stuttering using virtual reality.
  • Upopolis 2.0, a unique social network to help hospitalized youth break their isolation.
  • NEONA parents, an innovative project that uses artificial intelligence to help newborns.
  • Mr. Young, a very special officer endowed with artificial intelligence comes to the rescue of anxious youth.

In the Panels series  

  • Value-based health
    What if care providers were evaluated not by their actions but by the health results of the patients and families in their care and life trajectories?
    (April 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Amphitheatre 125)
  • Patient and family, engines of innovation
    Sophie, Catherine and Sophie, three engaged moms, and Maëlle, a determined young patient, recount how they each, in their own way, contributed to the wellbeing of hospitalized children.
    (April 12, 9:00 to 9:40 a.m., Amphitheatre 250)

Other inspiring activities you won’t want to miss!

  • Theme workshops
    How to become an inspiring, engaged, mobilizing nurse. On the program: testimonies, reflections and captivating discussions.
    (April 9, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Atrium)
  • Salon de la Qualité et de l’Innovation – Délipapilles: patients in charge of their meals!
    Adapted menus delivered at the chosen time.
    (April 11, beginning at 8:00 a.m., Jardin Quatre-Saisons)
  • Presentation of Espace Transition: Art and beauty against adversity
    Sickness is an ordeal to be overcome. Art provides solace and relief. Demonstrations with the participation of professional artists.
    (April 11, 3:30 to 4:00 p.m., Atrium)
  • Justinethon
    Co-creation workshop where patients, parents, nurses, network partners, students and researchers work together to improve care and teaching tools.
    (April 12, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., Atrium)

The complete program for CHU Sainte-Justine’s Semaine de la qualité et de l’innovation is available now on the institution’s website: https://www.chusj.org.


CHU Sainte-Justine’s Semaine de la qualité et de l’innovation, presented by the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, is supported by various dedicated partners, including: Kinova, Servier, Siemens Healthineers, Air Liquide Healthcare, Hospitalis, Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation du Québec, MEDTEQ, ProContact, Prompt, Réseau Technoscience, Hacking Health and HEC Montréal.

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About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation aims to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and commitment to providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world. http://www.fondationsaintejustine.org/en/ 

About the CHU Sainte-Justine

The Sainte-Justine university hospital centre (CHU Sainte-Justine) is the largest mother-child centre in Canada and the second largest pediatric hospital in North America. A member of the Université de Montréal extended network of excellence in health (RUIS), Sainte-Justine has 5,457 employees, including 1,532 nurses and nursing assistants; 1,000 other healthcare professionals; 520 physicians, dentists and pharmacists; 822 residents and over 204 researchers; 411 volunteers; and 4,416 interns and students in a wide range of disciplines. CHU Sainte-Justine has 484 beds, including 67 at the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME), the only exclusively pediatric rehabilitation centre in Québec. The World Health Organization has recognized CHU Sainte-Justine as a “health promoting hospital.”  www.chusj.org

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