The Quebec Cancer Foundation, which already has the largest accommodation network in the province, is expanding its network by becoming the operator of the Hotel-Dieu de Lévis Lodge.

As of the spring of 2020, this accommodation centre, named la Maison Dessercom, will host people with cancer and their loved ones who have to travel to the Hotel-Dieu de Lévis Hospital for the duration of clinical investigations, both prior to admission and during monitoring and follow-up of cancer treatment. Depending on availability, the Lodge may also accommodate people whose pathology is related to the establishment’s regional and supra-regional mission.
 
For Daniel Paré, CEO of the Chaudière-Appalaches CISSS, this association with the Quebec Cancer Foundation accords with the establishment’s desire to have an integrated network of oncology services for the citizens of Chaudière-Appalaches. "The Quebec Cancer Foundation, which already offers accommodation services in four regions of Quebec, is recognized for its expertise. We are confident that they will continue their tradition of excellence and humanism by offering quality services in a warm living environment to users in our region." he continued.
 
Construction of the new 30-room building is under way in front of the Hotel-Dieu de Lévis Hospital.
 

Mr. Maxime Laviolette (Dessercom), Ms. Nathalie Samson (Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Foundation),
M. Daniel Paré (Chaudière-Appalaches CISSS) and Mr. Marco Décelles (Quebec Cancer Foundation)
 
 
Since 1988 (the opening date of the first Lodge), the Quebec Cancer Foundation has donated more than 500,000 overnight stays province-wide. Forty years later, cancer continues to strike, and more and more people are turning to the Foundation to alleviate their plight.
 
"We have chosen to be CLOSER TO PEOPLE. The expansion of our accommodation network offers yet more proof of our desire to get closer to people. Because it is by moving beyond our traditional environments, by improving our services, and by being more accessible, that we can not only put ourselves at the heart of each person’s life, but prevent cancer from taking up all the room. Supporting more people, crossing their paths earlier and providing better support: this is what we do every day at the Quebec Cancer Foundation." says Quebec Cancer Foundation Director General Marco Décelles.
 
Indeed, each Lodge is more than just a hotel: it offers a real living environment where employees and volunteers generously dispense warmth, humanity and creativity to ease the lives of residents. They are places of mutual assistance where beautiful victories over are won, both over the disease and the self. Every day, we testify to the benefits of therapies that complement the medical treatment, such as art therapy, kinesiology and massage therapy. This living environment and these activities undeniably make it easier to cope with cancer.

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