The 7 founding partners that make up the MUSCO Initiative have developed more than 20 projects since its launch in 2019. We are extremely grateful for the contributions of the teams within each of these institutions and foundations.

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation’s mission is to engage the community and support Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence in providing children and mothers-to-be with one of the best levels of health care in the world.

Through their generosity, donors to the Foundation make it possible for Sainte-Justine to continue to deliver the highest standard of care to young patients from across Quebec, no matter the circumstances. They enable our professionals to keep looking for answers, regardless of how hard they may be to find. They bring a deep sense of humanity to every human experience. And they empower our teams to seize every opportunity to revolutionize pediatric medicine.

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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 5,664 employees, including 1,578 nurses and nursing assistants; 1,117 other healthcare professionals; 502 physicians, dentists and pharmacists; 822 residents and over 200 researchers; 300 volunteers; and 3,400 interns and students in a wide range of disciplines.

Sainte-Justine has 484 beds, including 35 at the Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant (CRME). The World Health Organization has recognized CHU Sainte-Justine as a “health promoting hospital.”

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The Marie Enfant Rehabilitation Centre of the CHU Sainte-Justine provides newborns, children and teenagers who have motor or speech disabilities with highly specialized services in the areas of rehabilitation-accommodation, integration and social participation. The CRME services the areas of Montreal and Laval.

It also services other regions such as Montérégie, Laurentians, Lanaudière, Abitibi, Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec as well as other parts of Quebec depending on the need. The CRME works together with the physical rehabilitation centres of these regions.

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The mission of the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation is to inspire and mobilize the community to support innovation in care, research and teaching at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Children’s Foundation launched its major campaign of $200 million, the most ambitious fundraising objective for a pediatric hospital in Quebec’s history, to advance innovative projects that will push the envelope in pediatrics on an international scale and help the Children’s Find Unexpected Ways to Heal. Since its inception in 1973, the Foundation has raised more than $500 million, which has transformed the lives of sick children through innovative research and teaching projects, and cutting-edge care.

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Established in 1904, the Montreal Children’s Hospital (the Children’s) is Quebec’s oldest children’s hospital and the pediatric hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). A tertiary and quaternary care teaching and research facility, treating newborns, children and adolescents up to age 18, it serves 63% of the geographic population of Quebec.

With its pediatric care and research facilities adjacent to the adult facility on the Glen site, the Children’s is in a unique position to offer services and research across the lifespan. The Centre for Innovative Medicine – the only clinical research centre in a hospital setting in North America – allows its researchers to conduct clinical trials on the Hospital site. These trials directly benefit young patients by providing access to new treatments and cures while speeding the translation of innovation from bench to bedside.  

The Children’s is a leader in providing a broad spectrum of highly specialized care to young

patients and families from all across Quebec. The hospital is a provincially designated trauma centre and is recognized for its wealth of expertise in cardiology and cardiac surgery, emergency care, neurology and neurosurgery.

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Established in Montreal in 1925, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada is the only Canadian entity in the network of Shriners Hospitals for Children. A bilingual hospital, it offers short-term, ultra-specialized orthopedic care to children in Canada, the United States and around the world. Infants, children and young adults with orthopedic and neuromuscular problems such as scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta, clubfoot, hip dysplasia or cerebral palsy benefit from the expertise of our medical teams in terms of treatment and rehabilitation.

Affiliated with McGill University, the hospital has a Pediatric Simulation Center and a Motion Analysis Center to stimulate excellence and innovation in care, teaching and research. Physicians, residents and health professionals benefit from our facility, located at the McGill University Health Centre Glen site, to further their training and experience. In addition to providing an environment of patient- and family-centered care, the hospital, through telemedicine and community clinics, is present in communities across Canada. Recognized as an institution that promotes health, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada has been helping children reach their full potential for over 90 years.

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The Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation is a private family foundation founded in Montreal. It supports different initiatives aimed at creating a better social and economic exercise of the elderly, of people with disabilities and of immigrants. Inspired by the vision of its founders, Mirella and Lino Saputo, the foundation adopts a collaborative approach aimed at the promotion of a resilient and inclusive society, where all can exercise their citizenship to its full potential.