Opération Enfant Soleil: A forever loyal partner of the Children's
Opération Enfant Soleil, a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to raise funds for the development of high-quality pediatrics, has contributed to social health projects at the Children’s. Life-saving equipment throughout the Hospital has been acquired thanks to its support. The organization’s overall commitment to the Best Care for Children Campaign totals $25 million, funding three major projects that transforms the way care is provided at the Children’s.
The “Operation Enfant Soleil” Emergency Department of the new Montreal Children’s Hospital
The Emergency Department at the new Children’s on the Glen site is focused on patient and family-centered care. Each patient has their own room and will stay in the same place throughout their visit, limiting the movement and increasing efficiency. Its innovative design allows for it to be expanded or contracted, depending on the number of patients. It also allows personnel to observe the whole Emergency Department while maintaining patient privacy at the same time. In order to make this revolutionary project possible, Opération Enfant Soleil made a commitment of $10 million.
The first Intra-operative MRI in a Canadian Pediatric Hospital in Canada
The Intra-operative MRI allows precise medical images to be taken and reviewed during surgery. This advancement lets expert surgeons see the result of their work immediately, allowing them to assess whether to continue the procedure or to close up the patient. The result for patients is a more precise and effective surgery with a decreased risk of a future surgeries. For a child undergoing an open brain surgery this piece of equipment means a world of difference. Opération Enfant Soleil was the leading partner in acquiring this piece equipment.
“Opération Enfant Soleil” Pediatric Medical Imaging services in the Montreal Children’s Hospital
Medical imaging includes radiology, radioscopic examining, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, echocardiography, and nuclear medicine. These procedures are needed by hospitalized patients as well as ambulatory ones, who make up 85% of the visits in medical imaging. The medical imaging environment is more accommodating and less intimidating for children and is a reassuring place for parents. Pediatric diagnostic imaging functions independently of adult imaging. The radiology services of the Emergency Department will be open at all times in order to meet the department’s needs.
Opération Enfant Soleil will also play a key role in contributing to an innovative new project called CHILD-BRIGHT. The objective of this initiative is to transform outcomes for thousands of children born with, or living with, brain-based development challenges. This pioneering venture has recently been named a priority by the government of Quebec. This project aims to improve healthcare services for children and provide them with services that are better adapted to their complex needs. Parents will also receive support early in the care process. They will be better informed about the resources available to them and have access to more tools, should these be required.
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