As a pure act of kindness, Johnathon Gillis and his family decided to make home made hand sanitizer for residents and staff at St. Joseph’s Villa. The special delivery package came with a heartfelt note from their daughter (see below).
“In these uncertain times, this thoughtful gift for our residents and staff is heartwarming and brings a tear to the eye.” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator. Thank you to the Gillis family for helping keep the residents and staff at of St. Joseph’s Villa safe. It is truly appreciated!
In a display of strength and solidarity, staff and patients from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre showed their support to their colleagues and to the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa who are currently in a COVID-19 outbreak.
“This act of kindness brought tears to everyone’s eyes and made the St. Joseph’s Villa staff and residents feel grateful to be part of such an amazing St. Joseph’s family. We are so fortunate to have such amazing staff working at both facilities. They are truly rock stars!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed Rehabilitation Hospital and St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed Long-Term Care home are co-located on the Village of Care site on South Bay Road. Both are distinct operations, with separate entrances and separate staff.
National volunteer week represents an opportunity for us to pause and express our gratitude toward our passionate volunteers who make it possible for us at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa to deliver on our Vision of Making Lives Matter.
We are thankful to each and everyone of our volunteers, thankful – for their dedication, their loyalty, and their commitment to our residents, patients and staff. This past year, our more than 300 volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours of caring support!
It is our time to applaud OUR VOLUNTEERS!
For those who are able to continue to volunteer during these tumultuous times, we are truly grateful. To all others, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Please stay healthy!
Today, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Heath Centre confirmed that an outbreak has been declared at St. Joseph’s Villa long-term care home in Sudbury. Ministry direction requires a COVID-19 outbreak be declared with a single laboratory confirmed case in a resident or staff member. In this case, one staff member tested positive and is under active follow up with Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
“St. Joseph’s Villa is working closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to ensure all measures are in place to protect staff and residents. We want to assure staff, patients, and families that the risk of infection in our facilities remains low,” said Ms. Palkovits. “None of the residents who were in contact with this employee is symptomatic and all are being tested. Residents continue to be isolated in their individual room. We are relieved to hear our staff member is no longer experiencing symptoms and is safely self-isolating at home,” said Ms. Palkovits.
“This is the first instance of a confirmed COVID-19 case being linked to a long-term care or retirement home in Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “There are no cases among residents in the Villa,” added Dr. Sutcliffe
“With the declaration of an outbreak, additional control measures are put in place and overseen by an outbreak control team. In this instance, this includes the priority testing of identified residents and staff members, in addition to the already stringent COVID-19 protection action in place as required by provincial orders and guidance,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.
Actions taken to date
As the facility cares for a high-risk population, St. Joseph’s Health Care has proactive policies and evidence-based practices in place to prevent any potential spread of infection. As part of precautionary measures with any respiratory outbreak in a long-term care home, all residents all residents are in isolation, in their own rooms, until further notice.
All St-Joseph’s Villa residents are being tested for COVID-19.
All St-Joseph’s Villa staff who were in close contact of the case are being tested for COVID-19.
All admissions to St. Joseph’s Villa have been put on hold.
Visitor restrictions have been in effect since the beginning of March.
Staff and residents are practising physical distancing within the home.
Staff screening occurs at the beginning and end of shifts, including temperature checks and all staff and essential visitors wear masks.
Residents are being assessed three times a day for symptoms of COVID-19. This includes temperature checks.
Case management and contact tracing
When Public Health Sudbury & Districts receives a report of a positive COVID-19 test result, staff follow-up with the individual as soon as possible. Public health professionals discuss the test results with the individual and explore possible exposure settings as well as close contacts of the case.
At the same time that Public Health conducts follow-up with confirmed cases, staff also begin the process of contact tracing. Through this process, Public Health identifies people who may have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 during the period of time when the person may have been infectious.
The purpose of identifying contacts is to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Close contacts are advised of important direction such as testing, self-monitoring, work-related direction, or self-isolation, depending on the specific circumstances.
If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate, then contact an assessment centre or use the online self- assessment tool to see if you need to seek further care.
For more information on how Public Health conducts follow-up after a positive test result, self- isolation, self-assessment, and assessment centres visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
705.522.9200, ext. 484 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200)
St. Joseph’s Villa of Sudbury Tanya Gil-Alfau 705.662.7500, ext 2104
Left to right: Elianna Desbois, resident, Rita Roy-Thibeault, Suzanne Aubin, Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Cyril Belanger, Rolande Berthiaume, Hermance DeLafontaine, Patricia Pelto, Carmen Labine, Jacques Trottier
The Filles D’Isabelle Cercle D’Youville 1377 members present a cheque in the amount of $1000.00 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator. Funds will be placed towards Villa St. Gabriel Villa.
Who wants to do the Monster Mash on Halloween when you can Mummify a Manager at St. Joseph’s Villa! October 31st brought out all the ghosts and goblins and four very brave members of the administration team who allowed themselves to be toilette papered from head to toe to see which team of front-line staff and residents could create the best Mummy. All teams put in a great effort, however after the residents weighed in with the “applause metre” the team who dressed up Lynn Munari, Director of Care at St. Joseph’s Villa took first prize. It was a joyful afternoon with lots of laughs that created a real sense of camaraderie as all staff and residents came together to celebrate the day.
On March 19, 2019, also known as the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate organizations, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa launched its new strategic Directions for 2019-2024.
“As proud as we are of the past, we’re even more excited about what’s ahead for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. We have a new vision for the next 5 years – Making Lives Matter…compassionate care, innovation and discovery. In order to make lives matter, we will build on the strong tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie – which in essence means we have big shoes to fill.” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, we see ourselves, as two long-term care homes and a hospital that show leadership in finding fresh solutions to improve care; one that embraces our diverse community, respecting and responding to their needs. We are a hospital that partners effectively with other health care and community organizations so that patients can receive support, when, where and how they need it. We are two long-term care homes that foster quality care, ensuring we provide the best possible care experiences that meet the unique needs of each and every one of our residents. And, we are a place where everyone – our staff, doctors, students and volunteers – are focused on creating positive changes to meet the evolving needs of not only our patients and residents but also of our community.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre is looking forward to working with our community partners as we strive to Make Lives Matter – through compassionate care, innovation and discovery.
LEFT TO RIGHT: Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair, Normand Lachance and Maurice Bourdon residents at St. Joseph’s Villa and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator
LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Patricia Mackay, patient at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator
LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Theresa Lachance resident at Villa St. Gabriel Villa
and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator
LEFT TO RIGHT: Claire Vincent-Viau Volunteer Coordinator, Gisele Henri, Rejeanne Fredette, Dianne Falcioni Volunteers, Alanna Lahay Program Manager Volunteer Sudbury, Ray Ingriselli Site Administrator.
To celebrate National Volunteer week from April 7 to 73,20L9, Volunteer Sudbury presented a Twiggs coffee and cookie treat along with a certificates of appreciation to Volunteers at Villa St. Gabriel Villa in Chelmsford.
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. This year’s national theme was “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliates are value-based organizations that promote service, integrity, dignity and excellence. Our
volunteers demonstrate these values when working with our residents, patients, family members and staff. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many. Thank you for being a valued and integral part of our community!
LEFT TO RIGHT: Jack Pigeon, Pete Langevin, Nathalie Dube, Ray Kirkey and Ray Ingriselli.
Jack Pigeon, Pete Langevin and Ray Kirkey from the Knight of Columbus Council #11219 Chelmsford and Nathalie Dubé from Delta Gaming present a cheque in the amount of $500.00 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator. Funds will be placed towards Villa St. Gabriel Villa.