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Killarney Fish & Chip Excursion – Residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa visit Killarney

(Sudbury) July 31, 2017

After visiting Little Current for the past two consecutive years, the Recreation Committee of Villa St. Gabriel Villa came to the table in 2015 with high hopes and big dreams of Killarney fish and chips for their next summer excursion.

After much contemplation and preparation, it was announced in April 2017 that Killarney would, in fact, be the next summer excursion destination for the residents of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  An invitation was extended to the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa to join in on the fun and even Mother Nature came on board for this special event.  Five residents from SJV and six residents from VSGV awoke to a warm sunny morning July 6th, 2017 and boarded one of two chartered buses to Killarney for fish and chips.  Residents and staff had the opportunity to mix and mingle all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and food of Killarney.

 

Killarney visit 1_July 2017

Killarney visit 2_July 2017

Designing and building meaningful activities for patients

Once again, Grade 11 Tech Design students from Lockerby Composite School are helping patients recover!

Over the last three years, the Recreation Therapy team has developed a successful woodworking group in collaboration with Lockerby Composite School’s grade 11 Design and Technology class. The program goals are to enable patients to use existing physical skills and/or work on fine motor skills, increase socialization, and foster a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction at the completion of their project.

Students developed their own designs for a nestbox/bird feeder using 3D modelling software and later constructed their design using their woodworking skills in the shop. Each design is finally disassembled and put into a kit with directions developed by the students for patients at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care. In a group setting, patients select their kit, assemble, sand, and paint to complete the project.  The projects are then placed in a silent auction in June as part of Seniors month activities to help raise funds towards outings, special events, gardening supplies, etc.
Anette

Annette has participated in the group weekly and had this to say; “This group is good therapy, it gives you peace of mind and helps you escape your pain. It relaxes your mind. I like to finish what I started”.

 

Art

Art has found a new leisure interest!

“I come to the group to keep busy so I don’t get bored. I have never done this before.”

Andrew who volunteered with the group said: “It is a good way to connect with patients and to listen to their stories and see them connect with others.”

Over the last three years, the Birdhouse Auction has raised over $800.00 for patient programs.  Patients have worked over 20 hrs to build 20 unique creations. This year the Auction will start June 12th and finish at the Senior Month party on June 29th.

 

bird houses

A preview of some of the creations! Come and see them on the 2nd-floor Therapy Gym at CCC.

2017-11-17T09:39:01+00:00 June 13th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

VSGV thanks the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild for their time, kindness and creativity!

quilt donation

On Wednesday May 24th, 2017 the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild donated 15 busy blankets to Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The aprons provide meaningful engagement and purpose to residents with dementia.  Pictured above from left to right, Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

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La VSGV remercie les membres de la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild de leur temps, gentillesse et créativité!

Le mercredi 24 mai 2017, la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild a fait un don de 15 couvertures et de divers tabliers à la Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Ces articles stimulent de façon significative les résidents ayant une démence. De gauche à droite : Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

 

2017-05-31T14:47:11+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards

May 2017

hand hygiene Whitson

VSGV Whitson Neighbourhood Staff

Whitewater hand hygiene

VSGV Whitewater Neighbourhood Staff

Congratulations to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitewater Neighbourhood staff who received the annual “Most Improved” and the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitson Neighbourhood staff who won the “Highest Overall” Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards for the St. Joseph’s Health Centre organizations this year.

The evidence based Just Clean Your Hands program, launched by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 which was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections, has become a friendly competition between St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa staff over the past years.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all staff for “Just Cleaning Your Hands!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre.   Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections.  Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to treat.  “Over the past years, our organizations have implemented strategies to increase our hand hygiene compliance rates.  The data demonstrates that our strategies have and continue to be very successful” stated Ms. Palkovits.

 

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre will receive $210,000 in additional funding

Press Release from Glenn Thibeault, MPP Sudbury

 Glenn Thibeault et al May 2017

Health Sciences North to Get $5.8 Million Boost From Ontario Budget

Province to Increase Hospital Funding in Sudbury to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services 

NEWS – May 5, 2017

This investment in Sudbury’s community hospital is part of the 2017 Budget. The proposed Budget will also deliver Sudbury’s St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre with more than $210,000 in additional funding.

These investments would provide Sudbury patients with improved access and reduced wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) and other vital services and procedures.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

QUOTES

“These new investments will mean reduced wait times, better access to more procedures, and an improved experience for patients in Sudbury. This is a good budget for our community, and I will continue to be a strong advocate to ensure Sudbury has access to the highest quality healthcare.”
— Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury

“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The North East LHIN works diligently with all of our 25 hospital to improve access  to care and reduce wait times. This new investment will benefit Northerners by strengthening access to vital services. This is good news for our entire North East region.”

— Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

“This funding will help alleviate the pressures we are facing here at HSN, which are common to hospitals across Ontario. We know we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but this funding is a step toward improving patient care in Greater Sudbury.”
— Nicole Everest, Chair, Board of Directors, Health Sciences North
“St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is thankful for the funding announcement as it will allow us to continue our programs which serve as a medical intervention for vulnerable patients, particularly the frail elderly that allows them to return to the community and avoid Alternative Level of Care designation and long-term care placement.”

—Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

QUICK FACTS

  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive at least a 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • This investment will also support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003 to $18 billion this year.
  • In 2016, the province announced an investment of up to $4.6 million to support an expansion of Health Sciences North to allow for the installation of a PET-CT scanner. This is in addition to the $1.6 million the province has committed to cover the scanner’s annual operating costs.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • The province also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.

LEARN MORE

 2017 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

For more information contact Brian Band, Director of Communications, Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, (705) 675-1914 or bband@liberal.ola.org

2017-10-26T20:48:30+00:00 May 8th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

St. Joseph’s Health Centre honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

Volunteer Appreciaiton 2017_web1

Volunteer Appreciation 2017_web2

April 26, 2017 – In honour of National Volunteer Week, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate sites, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated their many volunteers at a special event held at the Caruso Club. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many.  Their value is priceless – the richness they bring to our working environment is truly immeasurable.   And for this… we thank them!

2017-10-26T23:51:47+00:00 April 27th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News|

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program –  3 Recipients Awarded $1,000 bursaries!

Press Release

 

 

April 24, 2017 – This past year St. Joseph’s Health Centre established a corporate bursary fund to support education for employees interested in pursuing their own continuing education opportunities.  The bursary is funded through proceeds from a portion of the monthly staff 50/50 draw.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre awards education bursaries to reimburse up to 100% of education costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 per year, incurred by regular full-time or regular part-time employees who choose to pursue:

  • Non-credit development opportunities including conferences, workshops and seminars, or
  • Credit courses or multi-course programs of an academic, professional or business nature.

This year’s recipients are:

Dupuis Dominique - PCA French

Dominique Dupuis – employee at St. Joseph’s Villa

Abeyratne Kapila - RPN

Kapila Abeyratne – employee at St. Joseph’s Villa

Gervais Kari - VP Clinical Services

Kari Gervais – employee at St. Joseph’s Health Centre

 

Congratulations to our recipients! Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.

 

2017-05-25T07:49:09+00:00 April 25th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News|

Job Posting: Geriatrician

Looking for an exciting career opportunity? Come work at a hospital where you can make a difference, working with an interdisciplinary team and building a geriatric rehabilitation program to service the frail elderly in our community.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury is a 64-bed rehabilitative care facility that has transitioned over 2000 people back to home or community since it opened in 2009, with an average patient age of 81 years.  We are in the process of expanding our medical service to include a fully functional geriatric rehabilitation unit.  The scope of practice for the Geriatrician will include the diagnosis, treatment, health promotion and prevention of disease and disability in elderly population ranging.  The Geriatrician will deal with health problems that frequently affect older adults, such as pain, falls, memory loss, incontinence and medication side effects, as well as evaluating elderly patients’ ability for self-care.

This attractive opportunity offers the following incentives:

  • Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre already has a Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit (GRU), which requires the influence of a Geriatrician to achieve its full potential.
  • There is a full-time Geriatric Assessor on site assigned to the team of the Geriatrician.
  • There is a fully functioning interdisciplinary team already in place, consisting of Physicians, RNs, RPNs, Consultant Geriatric Pharmacist, OTs, PTs, Dietitian, Social Worker, Chaplain, and Recreational Therapy.
  • Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has established close working relationships with the two Geriatricians in the community (at Health Sciences North and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre)
  • Positive work-life balance with no on-call responsibilities, and flexibility in your work schedule.
  • Guaranteed salary in AFP

Additional opportunities include the possibility of faculty appointment at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).  Health Sciences North (HSN) and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NE SGC) are teaching affiliates and there is an opportunity to supervise medical trainees, and actively participate in the ongoing development and supervision of trainees in the Family Medicine PGY3 year of Enhanced Skills in Care of the Elderly.  Research opportunities are also available with HSN’s affiliated research, HSNRI and NOSM.

Interested applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must have completed their specialist training in geriatric medicine and/or internal medicine with experience in Geriatric Care.
  • Possess or be eligible for membership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, in good standing
  • Proficiency in the English language. Proficiency in French would be considered an asset.

Set in a recreational paradise, Sudbury is known for its exceptional quality of life, crystal clear lakes, parklands, scenic attractions and magnificent wilderness surroundings. With 330 lakes, world-renowned attractions, urban comforts and four-season outdoor adventures, Greater Sudbury will impress the outdoor enthusiasts to the leisure seekers.  Sudbury has something for everyone. Sudbury is a bilingual community, and offers a variety of excellent elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education institutions.  Home of Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province, Science North maintains the second and eighth largest science centres in Canada.  Science North, featuring an IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery and Special Exhibits Hall, and Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, an earth sciences centre.

If you are currently practicing or within one year of graduating, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre would cover travel and accommodation expenses for both you and your spouse to come and explore this practice opportunity and the City of Greater Sudbury.  Relocation assistance is also available to the successful candidate.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to the Chief of Staff, Dr. Maurice St. Martin, by e-mail to mcarrier@sjsudbury.com   or by fax to 705-674-9550.  All qualified individuals will be contacted.

2017-04-13T13:45:44+00:00 April 13th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

Find out about St. Joseph’s Health Centre!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre will be hosting a Board and standing committee recruitment meet and great!

We welcome all interested individuals to please come to find out more about St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliated organizations including:  St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

Meet and Greet

Date:  March 22, 2017

Time:  6:30pm to 7:30 pm

Location:  1140 South Bay Road, Sudbury – Boardroom (lower floor at the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Cenre)

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104.

We look forward to seeing you there!  All are welcome.