Press Release

Hearst, April 19, 2024

The Board of Directors of Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst) is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Josée B. Vachon as its new Chief Executive Officer as of April 29, 2024. Mrs. Josée B. Vachon has been the hospital’s Chief Financial Officer since 2022 and has been assuming the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer for the past few months on an interim basis.

Born and raised in the region, Mrs. Josée B. Vachon holds a degree in Business Administration from Université de Hearst and a certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. Mrs. Josée B. Vachon is highly motivated about her new role. Her experience in the healthcare sector, her communication skills, and her business savvy will help the hospital meet the many challenges of an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Well-known for her community involvement, Mrs. Josée B. Vachon is recognized as an effective leader with strong conceptual analytical skills, listening ability, tact, and profound belief in teamwork. Her strategic thinking and political shrewdness will benefit Notre-Dame Hospital.  Mrs. B. Vachon is committed to the well-being of all, by striving to create a safe, inclusive, and stimulating workplace, where team members can thrive and reach their full potential to ensure the best possible care of our patients.

We wish her success in her new role and with the challenges that lay ahead.


Press Release

Hearst, December 2023

After more than three years of providing the Notre-Dame Hospital with her transformational leadership and successfully navigating the many unprecedented challenges the hospital faced during this time, the Board announces the departure of Ms. Fortier in her role as CEO.  The Board thanks her for her dedication, commitment and compassion for her staff and her community during her tenure as CEO. Notre-Dame Hospital intends to undertake the many patient-centered initiatives that Ms. Fortier has been developing over the last few years for her community. The Board thanks Ms. Fortier and supports her in her future endeavors. Ms. Fortier and the Board reassures the community that a plan is in place to replace Ms. Fortier on an interim basis until a more permanent solution is found.




Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday:  1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m to 6 p.m.


Please note: Visits are currently suspended until further notice on the Acute Care Department due to Covid-19 to protect our vulnerable patients. There will be exceptions for palliative and pediatric patients.

  • Children under the age of twelve (12) must be accompanied by an adult and their behavior must respect the patient care environment. They cannot, for example, disrupt other patients and/or staff members. If a person does not behave accordingly, they will be requested to leave the premises.
  • To clarify: All children aged 12 and up are considered adults and therefore can visit patients by themselves.
  • Masks are not mandatory. Wearing a mask is optional, if you choose to wear one, they are available at the central reception and all departments.
  • Patients can attend appointments outside the hospital (eye appointments or such).
  • Homemade food from visitors is permitted.
  • Visitors must go at the information (main lobby doors) to obtain a badge to enter the patient’s room.
  • Patients cannot have family gatherings at the main entrance.


  • ER department:
    • One visitor is allowed per patient on a stretcher.
    • The same visitor can leave and come back at any time.
    • Exception: if a patient has dementia, that patient can be accompanied. Children under the age of 16 can be accompanied.

Please note that any visitor who has symptoms or is not feeling well will not be allowed to visit.

We thank you for your precious collaboration and remind you that organizing virtual visits with your loved ones is still possible.

Reminder: Do not show up if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, new cough, worsening of chronic cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, decreased or loss of smell or taste, chills, headache, fatigue, discomfort, unexplained muscle pain (myalgia), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, pink eye (conjunctivitis), runny nose or nasal congestion without any other known cause.


Mask Mandate

Mandatory Mask Mandate at Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst).

The Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital (Hearst), as a high-risk setting, in order to protect our vulnerable patients, will continue with the mask mandate under the following circumstances:

Visitors :

  • Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.
  • If you have any cold and/or flu symptoms, DO NOT visit patients.

External patients (coming in for an appointment):

  • Wearing a mask is only mandatory if you have any cold/or flu symptoms.
  • Wearing a mask is recommended for your appointment.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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