First mobile unit ready to hit the road in the Eastern Townships

From left to right: Jacques Fortier, Chairman of the Board of CIUSSS-Estrie-CHUS and Francis Laramée, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation.

Over $1 million for two mobile units (a bus and a trailer) to detect and vaccinate against COVID-19

Eleven CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS foundations, in partnership with the Société de transport de Sherbrooke (STS), are investing more than $1 million to put two mobile units (a bus and a trailer) on the road, which will initially be used for testing and vaccination against COVID-19.

The bus will be the first unit to be deployed in the Eastern Townships while the trailer will be operational later this summer. In the longer term, these mobile units will make it possible to intervene in targeted environments for different situations, for example during a disaster, or to carry out promotion and prevention activities. The Coopérative de travailleurs d’Ambulance de l’Estrie will support the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS teams in offering services in these mobile units.

 

Foundations unite to add community services in the Eastern Townships

The Rehabilitation Center of the Eastern Townships Foundation, the Val-Saint-François Health and Social Services Center Foundation, the Granby Hospital Foundation, the CHUS Foundation, the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation, the Fondation de l’Hôpital de Memphrémagog, the Fondation Lévesque-Craighead, the Perkins Foundation, the Vitae Foundation, the Fondation du CSSS de la* MRC-de-Coaticook and the Fondation du CSSS des Sources are joining forces to jointly launch these mobile units.

“I am particularly proud of this project, which brings together eleven of our foundations that did not hesitate to mobilize to implement a new, innovative and much-anticipated approach in the region” – Jacques Fortier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.

“The mobile units are the result of the desire of eleven CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS foundations to bring health and social services as close as possible to the people. It is a great source of pride for us to be able to offer the population of the Eastern Townships this gift” – Mr. Jean-Philippe Gérin, administrator of the Fondation du CSSS de la MRC-de-Coaticook and representative of all the participating foundations.

“I would like to congratulate all the organizations for their support and collaboration in the realization of this mobile unit, a first in Estrie! The STS is more than proud to be part of this great project! The citizens will be the big winners of this initiative for better access to health care and social services,” said Marc Denault, president of the STS.

 

Mobile units in the heart of communities

“These units will be very useful in the fight against COVID-19 and will also allow us to reach out to hard-to-reach groups in order to offer them better access to our care and services” – Dr. Stéphane Tremblay, President and CEO of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.

” Testing and vaccination against COVID-19 are at the heart of the strategies to get us out of the pandemic and back to a more normal life. With the mobile units, we will be more agile to intervene quickly in certain environments” – Ms. Chantal Gariépy, Director of General Services at CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.

In addition to our financial partners, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, Ambulance Demers and the Coopérative de travailleurs d’Ambulance de l’Estrie contributed to the realization of the project.