Welcome to La Maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie (the Maison), which proudly bears the name of the young cellist who died of cancer in 1991 at the age of 13.
La Maison was created in January 1999, six years after healthcare professionals first conceived the idea, in order to better meet the needs of those at the end of life in the Outaouais region. This palliative care center was first established at 55 du Couvent Street, Gatineau (Aylmer sector), and had 6 beds.
In January 2009, la Maison moved into the former Saint-Benoît-Abbé church, located at 170 Sherbrooke Street, Gatineau (Hull sector), and increased its capacity by 5 beds. It celebrated its 20th anniversary in January 2019. Thanks to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec and the generosity of donors who contributed to the major fundraising campaign “With you till the end,” as of 2020, la Maison has 16 palliative care beds.
La Maison offers patients and their loved ones a unique environment of exceptional care, attentive listening and warm accompaniment, in a family setting and a compassionate atmosphere.
I would like to highlight the dedication and professionalism of the staff and volunteers who work at la Maison. They allow people from across the region to live their last moments surrounded by their loved ones, in dignity, love and serenity.
Let me introduce you, with sincere gratitude, to the people involved in the smooth running of the Maison.
The Board of Directors manages assets and business operations. It defines the goals and business guidelines for La maison, adopts bylaws, approves budgets recommended by the Executive Director and ensures follow-up. It adopts the annual report and adjudicates essential operations of La maison.
Honorary member title is given to a volunteer who has demonstrated a continuous involvement and played an exceptional role as trustee on the Board of Directors, caretaker or supporter in fundraising activities. The honorary member is a lifetime title endorsed by members at the annual general meeting upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors. Honorary members do no hold voting right and cannot occupy a position on the Board or as a director or coordinator. Currently, La maison includes three honorary members: Henri Benoit, charter member and previous trustee, as well as two former presidents, Jean-Paul Corriveau et Raymond Thibeault.
The Executive Director is responsible for the operational management. She plans and implements programs and services and ensures that they reflect La maison’s mission. She manages staff members, cooperates with the Board of Directors in raising necessary funds for business operations and represents La maison on civic activities to enhance the organizational visibility at the community level. She is supported by an Administrative Assistant, a Care Services Coordinator and a Volunteers Coordinator.
We rely on the expertise of six dedicated physicians who take turns working at the Home and who offer personalized end-of-life care and respect for each patient.
La maison Mathieu-Froment-Savoie is staffed by:
More than 240 volunteers provide support in the following areas: