Le ministre Gaétan Barrette annonce la mise en œuvre d'un projet pilote de service de transport héliporté
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22 June 2018

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announces the implementation of a helicopter transport service pilot project

Le ministre Gaétan Barrette annonce la mise en œuvre d'un projet pilote de service de transport héliporté

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LONGUEUIL, QC, June 22, 2018 – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Gaétan Barrette, announced the implementation of an 18-month pilot project for a helicopter ambulance service between certain facilities of the provincial health network. The announcement took place in the presence of Sophie Larochelle, Executive Vice-President of Airmedic Inc.

The Sacré-Cœur Hospital of the Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS) will receive patients sent from six facilities of three designated institutions: the Mauricie-et-du-Centre-du-Québec CIUSSS (the Haut-Saint-Maurice Health and Social Services Centre and the Centre-de-la Mauricie Hospital), the Lanaudière Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (Lanaudière Regional Hospital) and the Laurentides Integrated Health and Social Services Centre (the Mont-Laurier Hospital, the Rivière-Rouge Service Centre and Laurentians Hospital).

The CHU de Québec-Université Laval is also a partner in the project since it will dispatch medical requests, provide medical personnel and ensure clinical quality assurance through its Évacuations aéromédicales du Québec (EVAQ) service.

The estimated annual budget needed for the project is $3 million, which will include indirect and direct costs as well as the assessment of the project.


We want to use this project to assess the possibility of establishing an aeromedical helicopter transport service within our network. Prior to deploying this type of service, we want to ensure its suitability and efficiency in Québec by assessing the cost of each trip in relation to results and clinical effectiveness. We are very happy about our collaboration with Airmedic Inc., which has made this project possible.

– Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services

It is with great enthusiasm that we are entering into this partnership that will run alongside our daily operations for our members. We consider this announcement to be a show of confidence and recognition of the aeromedical transportation expertise that we’ve developed and that has built our reputation. In an emergency situation, every minute counts. That is why it is crucial to be treated by the most appropriate specialized hospital in the shortest time possible.

– Sophie Larochelle, Executive Vice-President of Airmedic Inc.

Key points:

  • The helicopter ambulance service includes ensuring quick and safe transportation for patients, who urgently require specialized care, from one facility to another.
  • For the duration of the project, Airmedic Inc. will oversee the implementation of authorized landing zones for each of the facilities of these institutions.
  • An assessment procedure is planned. This will include a qualitative and a quantitative approach. The former will measure its clinical effects on patients and specify the conditions that would benefit the most from this service.
  • It is estimated that this service will transfer approximately 175 patients per year as part of the pilot project for the relevant establishments.