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

April 2018National Volunteer Week at SJHC

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 “Celebrate the Value of Volunteering – building confidence, competence, connections and community”.  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.  Their value is priceless – the richness they bring to our working environment is truly immeasurable.   And for this… we thank them!

Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie Awards For Excellence

Media Release (April 2018)

 

Festive gatherings of residents, patients, family members and staff award recipients and nominees were held in the month of February and March to mark the annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence.

The Awards for Excellence were presented to individuals chosen by their peers as examples of their commitment to living out the organization’s values of “Caring Beyond the Moment with Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence.”

This year’s recipients are:

SJHC:

  • Tracy Lessard, Chaplain

SJCCC:

  • Mavia DeNoble, Occupational Therapist
  • Kandy Pedisic, Clinical Lead

SJV:

  • Allanah O’Brien, Life Enrichment Assistant
  • Amanda McKee, Personal Care Assistant
  • Sue Lynn Roy, Personal Care Assistant
  • Karen Redner, Personal Care Assistant

VSGV:

  • Sierra Roberti, Life Enrichment Assistant
  • Carole Poitras, Life Enrichment Assistant
  • Cindy Bertrand, Personal Care Assistant
  • Andrew Conti, Personal Care Assistant

“At St. Joseph’s, we believe that it is important to recognize and celebrate people within our organization who strive to express healing love through care, compassion and concern for each other and the people we serve.  We do this by demonstrating the spirit and charisma of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie who have exemplified these values in the Sudbury community since 1950 through their work of unity and reconciliation”, said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.

Congratulations to all our nominees and award recipients.

100th Birthday celebrated at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

Media Release – N0vember 2017

Photo from left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, Katie (Kay) Tones, patient, Kari Gervais, Vice President Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

Mrs. Katie (Kay) Tones celebrated her 100th birthday on October 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury surrounded by family, friends and staff.  Happy Birthday Mrs. Tones!

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre provides specialized care and services to adults requiring slow paced rehabilitation and  / or supportive care to maximize their functional potential.  The goal is to work with these patients to transition them back to independent living in the community, whether that be home, a retirement residence or in an assisted living environment.

2018-02-05T13:45:02-05:00November 13th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

St. Joseph’s Foundation Gala 2017 – $65,000 Raised!

Media Release – November 2017

From left to right:  Jeanne Warwick-Conroy and Melanie Kanerva

                        St. Joseph’s Foundation Gala Co-Chairs 2017

Photo credit:  Sudbury.com

St. Joseph’s Foundation hosted their Annual Gala dinner and dance on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Caruso Club in Sudbury.  The gala event was attended by over three hundred guests who indulged in delectable food, and were treated to live music to dance the night away! The elegant event created memories of an enchanting evening spent in the spirit of giving.

Due to the generosity of the many sponsors, donors and attendees this year’s event raised over $65,000.  These funds are being placed toward St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre to enhance accessibility for their patients which will build their confidence to embark on their rehabilitative journey to return home. Our gratitude is sincerely extended to all those who gave of their time and money.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital located on South Bay Road. Since opening in August 2009, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has transitioned 2289 individuals back to the community.  These are individuals who in most cases would have been deemed ALC.

The Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions and for spending an evening with them!  Mark your calendars! Next year’s Gala is taking place on October 20, 2018.

St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury is a registered charity that promotes the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  As a faith based non-profit Foundation, it provides services and programs that are not covered by government funding or operational revenues for St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  Donations can be made by going to the website https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-josephs-foundation-of-sudbury/ .

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

Media Release

October 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 Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services, Sadna Hettiarachchi, Food Services Assistant, St. Joseph’s Villa and Michelle Viel, Personal Care Assistant, Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

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

Right to left:  Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Right to left:  Michelle Viel, Personal Care Assistant and Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Right to left:  Sadna Hettiarachchi, Food Services Assistant and Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month by dressing in Pink!

Media Release – October 2017

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre staff members kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month this week by dressing in Pink.  Patients voted for their favourite outfit. The winner was Emily Kleen, RPN. As part of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s wellness initiative Breast Cancer Awareness activities are planned throughout the month of October.

2017-11-17T09:18:26-05:00October 27th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury earns National Recognition with the “Gentle Persuasion Approaches Leadership Excellence Person-Centred Care” with Distinction Award

Media Release  – September 2017

Left to right:  Jennifer Gosselin, Social Worker, Yolande Labbe, resident and Hilary Grieve, Recreation Therapist

St Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury was recently honoured with the “GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care” Award and was one of only 4 organizations in Canada to earn the award “with distinction” by the Advanced Gerontological Education Centre. The ‘GPA Leadership Excellence in Person-Centred Care’ Awards Recognition Program was developed to acknowledge the continuing commitment of organizations who implement Gentle Persuasive Approaches in the dementia care setting.

The award is given in recognition of extraordinary commitment to the integration of Gentle Persuasive Approaches into organizational policy and processes. St Joseph’s Health Centre has committed to ensuring that every staff member in the organization is given the opportunity to be trained in GPA to ensure that all residents and patients are offered person centred care.

To implement this commitment, the organization has had multiple staff trained as GPA coaches who not only train staff but also act as mentors at the front line and has assigned a GPA Lead role to ensure that training sessions are completed on a monthly (or more) basis. Furthermore, in congruence with GPA philosophy, the organization has also committed to completing a PIECES of my Personhood assessment as residents are admitted. This information is used to understand each resident as a person first, and the information is used to assist staff to understand underlying needs that are causing responsive behaviours. The information collected is used to create a beautiful personalized poster that is placed in the resident’s room with consent which allows all staff members and volunteers get to know our residents, particularly those with dementia, as people first.

https://www.ageinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Awarded_St.JosephsHealthCentre_GPA-Leadership-Excellence-in-Person-Centred-Care_with-distinction.pdf

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.

2017-11-17T09:39:01-05:00June 13th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC 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

2017-10-26T20:48:30-05:00May 8th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|