The Fondation Médicale des Laurentides et des Pays-d’en-Haut and the McDonalds of the North group, which produced the local McHappy Day, worked together for the purchase of a pediatric nasolaryngoscope for the Laurentian Hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts.
This device, worth approximately $10,000 and designed for use with children, will allow laryngoscopies to be performed. Doctors will be able to do examinations of the throat, larynx (also called the voice box) and vocal cords. It is used mainly for throat or ear pain that doesn’t go away, voice problems like hoarseness, voice weakness, swallowing difficulties, breathing problems, etc.
“Upon the special request from Dr. Stéphane Roberge, who also practises at the Saint-Jérôme hospital, the Fondation Médicale accepted to invest in the purchase of this device. Before its acquisition, children had to go the Saint-Jérôme hospital. Now they can have these examinations in Sainte-Agathe. It’s a plus for the families in our area,” explains the executive director of the Fondation, Daniel Desjardins. “This equipment will be welcome at the Laurentian Hospital.”
This initiative is another step in achieving the Fondation’s intervention plan for better local services. The Fondation Médicale’s mandate is to intervene directly in the communities to fill their needs for healthcare equipment.
“The money raised during the 2017 McHappy Day has allowed for the purchase of more than $45,000 worth of equipment for the health of the children of our region. This year’s event will be held on May 2, again for the benefit of the Fondation Médicale. Note the date on your calendar,” concludes Mr. Desjardins.