Our Priorities

At Notre-Dame Hospital, the need for medical care is constantly increasing. Thanks to generous donations from local sponsors, the hospital is able to purchase cutting-edge medical equipment and modernize its facilities. Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated. Have a look at the hospital’s primary projects.


Introducing ongoing projects and campaigns, established by the Foundation, for residents of the Town of Hearst, on behalf of the Notre-Dame Hospital.


To the right is a timeline of achievements established by the Foundation, for residents of Hearst, on behalf of the Notre-Dame Hospital.



This new piece of equipment will be used in complex cases of intratracheal intubation and will allow doctors to easily visualize on a monitor, the trachea and the vocal cords in order to insert a tube.

This new piece of equipment will greatly facilitate the process of complex intratracheal intubation for our physicians in the emergency room and will facilitate the work of the anesthesiologist in the surgery room.

Coagulation Instrument Analyzer


Our present equipment, for performing clotting tests in the laboratory, dates from 1999 and should be replaced by a new model. Since the Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst is part of a regional group of laboratories, it was possible to save money for this piece of equipment by participating in a group purchase.

This will maintain the same standard and ensure that modern equipment is used to perform the analysis while maintaining the performance quality and proper calibration of the equipment.

DSD Endoscopic Disinfector


The Notre-Dame Hospital Hearst surgical ward is currently used to perform up to seven cases of colonoscopy and gastroscopy per day. Our decontamination equipment does not allow more than one piece of equipment at a time, thus limiting the number of complicated procedures and scheduled day surgeries.

Now, with the use of a dual processor decontaminator, it is possible to decontaminate two pieces of equipment simultaneously eliminating the waiting time and therefore greatly improving the efficiency level in the operating room.

Neonatal Transport Incubator


The Neonatal Transport Incubator is an essential tool required to safely transfer a newborn child who shows signs of respiratory illness or congenital birth defects. These transfers, which are normally done by air ambulance, normally come equipped with a Neonatal Transport Incubator upon request from the transferring hospital. However, it often happens that the equipment is already being used on another air transfer and therefore it is not readily available when needed.

There is no doubt that a Neonatal Transport Incubator at Notre-Dame Hospital will greatly enhance the service in emergency situations where a newborn child needs to be airlifted quickly from Hearst to another major hospital centre.

Pauline Girard 'Arc-en-ciel' Centre


Following the death of his wife Pauline, Fernand Girard made a donation that allowed Notre-Dame Hospital to undertake the first phase of the construction project aimed at relocating outpatient services on the first floor. These renovations will allow cancer patients to receive chemotherapy in a serene, peaceful and warm area.

Claude Giroux Ambassador to the Foundation


Members of the Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation of Hearst enthusiastically welcome Claude Giroux within their team. This collaboration will aim to build the new Claude Giroux Centre, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation. This project will improve the quality of care for people in the community and also opens the door to a possible diversification of services offered, always to improve the quality of life within Hearst and the region.

The first activity to raise funds for this project was held December 23rd, 2010, where a team starring Claude Giroux played against a local team.

Physiotherapy Equipment


An organization in the area who wishes to remain anonymous, made a donation to the Foundation for the purchase of physiotherapy equipment. Thanks to this generosity, the physiotherapy department now has a new traction table and a ProFit, a bicycle adapted for people in wheelchairs that can exercise the arms and legs.

Main Entrance


Thanks to the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Vic and Odette Lanoix, the Hearst Notre-Dame Hospital will redesign its entrance which will greatly enhance patient confidentiality when registering at the reception. To show its gratitude to them, the Notre-Dame Hospital will name this entrance “Main Entrance Vic & Odette Lanoix”.

This entrance will allow the hospital to offer a warm welcome and a professional first impression to all its patients and visitors. In addition, the auxiliary will benefit with a new shop.

Palliative Care Unit


The Rotary Club of Hearst has agreed to fund the construction and development of a palliative care unit at Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst. This new unit, which will accommodate terminal patients, includes among other things, a kitchenette, a small sitting room, a private bathroom, a space for families wishing to stay overnight, and a warm and welcoming decor. The purpose of this room is to provide an environment that is a bit closer to that of the family environment. Care and services will be geared towards maintaining the autonomy, integrity, dignity and respect for the individual, while providing support to relatives and families.

In recent years, the Notre Dame Hospital Foundation wanted to see the creation of a new palliative care unit in the hospital. Modern palliative care is focused on both the patient and the family and aim to relieve pain effectively and assure patient comfort to ensure that his/her life can be full of moments imbued with humanity. Such facilities can undoubtedly help make the experience a little less difficult for the families of terminally ill patients.

Thanks to the generosity of the Hearst Rotary Club, the Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation of Hearst is able to continue its leadership and contribution to the ongoing development at the hospital by providing excellence health service to current and future patients of our community.

Endoscopic Equipment


The Hearst Knights of Columbus agreed to fund the colorectal cancer screening project within the Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst. This grant was used to purchase equipment essential to the Colorectal Cancer Screening Project or the Decontamination Dual Processor and a Colonoscope.

Colorectal cancer attacks the colon or rectum and ranks second among the deadliest cancers. Early detection increases the likelihood of full recovery. Health experts recommend flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years for eligible persons aged fifty and older at average risk.

Thanks to the generosity of the Knights of Columbus, the Hearst Notre-Dame Hospital is the only hospital to offer these services in the region.

Bariatric Mattress


The Daughters of Isabella have donated a special mattress for patients with limited mobility. This mattress is essential to prevent bed sores which can be painful. This thoughtful gift now allows better comfort for patients.

Ted Polnicky Maternity Centre


Who is Dr. Thaddée Polnicky? He was better known as Dr. Ted Polnicky, a well-respected family doctor in our community.

For decades he practiced at Notre-Dame Hospital in Hearst, where he delivered most of the babies in our community. He was a doctor whose presence was felt as he cared for his patients in a conscientious and human way. He is a model for our doctors of today and we miss him terribly.

The Hearst Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation wants to pay tribute to Dr. Ted Polnicky by dedicating a new maternity centre to his name Centre de maternité Ted-Polnicky Maternity Centre, a project of more than $90,000.

CT Scan Machine


The Hearst Notre-Dame Hospital received the great news that the Ministry had given its support towards the purchase of a CT Scan in Hearst.

The Notre-Dame Hospital had launched a fundraising campaign with the Hospital Foundation to raise $1.7 million, which included the purchase of equipment and renovations to a room.

In February 2019, the campaign goal was achieved! With the fantastic support from hundreds of fantastic community partners, we reached our goal. The CT Scan is now functional, with the inauguration held on October 8, 2019. We thank you!