Monthly Archives: November 2013


St. Joseph’s Villa Celebrates 10 Years!

St. Joseph’s Villa of Sudbury celebrated its 10th year anniversary on December 1, 2013. In honour of this momentous occasion, dignitaries, residents, family members, staff and volunteers attended a special mass and celebratory event held on November 29, 2013.

His Excellency Most Reverend Jean-Louis Plouffe of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie provided a special mass in recognition of St. Joseph’s Villa’s 10th anniversary. A host of dignitaries and special guests including: Sr. Sarah Quackenbush, Sister of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie; Marianne Matichuk, Mayor of the City of Greater Sudbury; and Glenn Thibeault, MP Sudbury, along with current and former Board members, community partners and supporters were in attendance.
Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator took the opportunity to also thank those in the building and ongoing oversight of St. Joseph’s Villa and added “the most important and heartfelt gratitude that I have today is for our residents. You are the reason we are here today and every day for the past 10 years”.

Since its opening on December 1, 2003, St. Joseph’s Villa has had many firsts and acknowledgements:

  • a successful three-year accreditation by Accreditation Canada in November 2012;
  •  has maintained a balanced budget for 10 consecutive years;
  • has successfully recruited top notch an caring staff;
  •  has a 99% occupancy rate;
  •  the creation of the Guardian Angel program, our palliative care program which was just this month received the OHA’s Small Rural, Northern Ontario’s Award of Excellence for clinical excellence;
  •  the development of 2 Healing Gardens with the assistance of the St. Joseph’s Foundation, students and volunteers to allow our resident the opportunity to enjoy outdoor spaces and garden;
  •  the establishment of a partnership with Laurentian Universities that have led to the numerous student placements as well as research projects related to PIECXES, music therapy and palliative care; and
  • the celebration of many special birthdays and anniversaries of our residents.

Ehren Baldauf, Chair of St. Joseph’s Villa Board of Directors stated, “As a Board we feel honoured that we have been able to build on the tradition of the Sisters of Sault Ste. Marie by meeting the unmet need in the community and rising to the challenge of funding, building and operating this beautiful home – a home that 128 residents at any given time call home.”

In recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the St. Joseph’s Foundation presented a cheque to St. Joseph’s Villa in the amount of $10,000. Since the Foundation’s resurrection in 2002 under the guise of Gerry Lougheed Jr., Sr. Bonnie MacLellan and Jeanne Warwick-Conroy we have been fortunate to work with the community to raise much needed dollars for the Villa and the residents served. “The Foundation looks forward to working with you for at least another 10 years”, stated Gale Prosperi, St. Joseph’s Foundation member.

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / Board Liaison 705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2016-10-13T08:45:09-05:00November 29th, 2013|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Wins Big


St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre wins big at the Ontario Hospital Association Health Achieve Conference in Toronto

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury, the only stand-alone complex continuing care hospital in the North East, was honoured twofold this week at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Annual Health Achieve Conference in Toronto.

The Ontario Hospital Association’s Small, Rural and Northern Provincial Leadership Council announced that the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Guardian Angel Program submission was chosen as this year’s winner of the OHA’s Small Rural and Northern Health Award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes innovation, leadership and excellence in the delivery of patient care within a small, rural and/or northern community.

SJCCC developed and implemented the Guardian Angel Program in response to an identified need in the kind care and support being offered to patients whose deaths were expected in the next 10 to 14 days and the care and support offered to families and staff members in the days following the patients death. The program enhances the patient’s end of life experience, the family’s satisfaction, and the quality of care they receive while they are keeping vigil and while they are grieving.

“We are truly honoured by this award. Our staff have worked diligently in developing this program which was also implemented at our sister facilities, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. In addition, the SJCCC’s Guardian Angel Program is part of a five-year research project being led by the Centre for Education and Research and Aging and Health (CERAH). The aim of the research project is to identify and implement components of a successful palliative care program in each of the participating long-term care homes”, explained Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO.

Secondly, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre with the 2013 Quality Health Care Workplace Award – Bronze category. This award recognizes the organization’s efforts to improve SJCCC’s workplace in ways that contribute to the healthcare providers’ quality of work life and the quality of care and services they deliver. Ms. Palkovits indicated that “this recognition reinforces our organization’s efforts to improve the quality of work life for all our staff and physicians through our Caring Beyond the Moment initiative”. SJCCC was commended for its commitment to ensuring a quality healthcare workplace.

Ehren Baldauf, Board Chair of the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, commented that he is “very proud of the SJCCC and the awards that it has received today. It is apparent that a lot of work has been done within the SJCCC since its inception 4 years ago. The Board compliments the management team, staff and physicians for their heartfelt commitment to our patients and those we serve.”

Your collective dedication to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has earned us these noteworthy merits. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team, thank you for… Caring Beyond the Moment.

2015-03-19T19:25:56-05:00November 5th, 2013|St. Joseph’s CCC News|