When you make a general donation to the Foundation it is invested where IUCPQ needs it most, helping meet our equipment, research, and teaching needs in every one of our specialties. By helping us keep the Institute running, your donation shows your support for our mission—promoting the health of people with cardiorespiratory and obesity-related illnesses. You can also make an In Memoriam donation in the name of a loved one, or give to a fund dedicated to a particular specialization or cause.
IUCPQ staff performs some 2,210 surgical procedures every year, with ten surgeons and their teams working year-round in the IUCPQ's multidisciplinary cardiology department. The fund helps the Institute acquire the equipment it needs and supports heart surgery research and teaching.
At IUCPQ we perform 18,000 echocardiography exams annually.* These exams are a painless and radiation-free way for doctors to accurately diagnose and monitor patients with heart problems, and evaluate the effectiveness of a range of medical and surgical procedures. The fund goes to support research, teaching, and the acquisition of state-of-the-art specialized equipment for this growing field.
Cardiologists perform over 107,000 electrophysiological procedures every year, including those at pacemaker, defibrillator, and cardiac rhythmology clinics. This makes us the largest provider of electrophysiology services in Canada.* This fund supports excellence in this key sphere of cardiology focused on investigating and treating complex cardiac arrhythmia. The fund supports the Institute's electrophysiology needs including specialized equipment, research and development programs, and generally promoting excellence in the various cardiac electrophysiology programs.
René Chabot Family Fund
This fund was created in 2004 by the family of René Chabot, who suffered from congestive cardiomyopathy and received a heart transplant at IUCPQ in 2002. To express its gratitude toward the Institute and the Foundation the Chabot family created the CHAB Invitation, an annual golf tournament with proceeds put toward a good cause and reinvested in the future. Funds raised have helped purchase specialized equipment for heart failure and transplant programs.
Mario Guérin, a businessman active with the Foundation since 2008, organizes the annual Rendez-vous Ferrari, a benefit that gives the public the rare opportunity to get a close look at some of the world's most sought-after sports cars. Funds raised go toward purchasing mechanical hearts for transplants.
Hemodynamic procedures are a type of heart surgery involving medical imagery and catheters. The Hemodynamic Procedures Fund supports the Institute's hemodynamics laboratory and diagnostic and therapeutic cardiac catheterization. Donations support educational projects, ongoing professional development, and evaluation and development of new programs and techniques.
Heart Failure and Transplants
The Institute's multidisciplinary cardiology department performs an average of 15 heart transplants per year, and is in constant need of new funding to improve patients' quality of life. Money raised goes toward purchasing equipment and clinical work to combat heart failure and perform heart transplants. Donations also enable heart surgeons to take part in professional development activities to improve their techniques.
* Source: 2011–2012 IUCPQ Annual Report