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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.

SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF SAULT STE. MARIE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

(February 2017, Sudbury, ON)  –  Festive gatherings of residents, patients, family members and staff award recipients and nominees were held in the month of February 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: Jennifer Gosselin, Social Worker (SJHC), Cyndi Cunningham, RPN (SJCCC), Hilary Grieve, Recreation Therapist (SJCCC), Vicki Guilbeault, Life Enrichment Assistant (SJV), Nicole Jarbeau, Registered Practical Nurse (SJV), Renee Lamoureux, Personal Care Assistant (SJV), Kristine Lapointe, Environmental Services Assistant (SJV), Shelby Barnes, Food Services Assistant (VSGV), Paulette Forget, Personal Care Assistant (VSGV), Maria-Luisa Obias, Environmental Services Assistant (VSGV) and Trevor Martel, Environmental Services Manager (VSGV).  A special award was presented to Dr. David Sivers for his many years of dedicated service and loyalty to the organization.

“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.

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St. Joseph’s Foundation 2016 Gala – $100,000 raised!

2016 gala cheque presentation

From left to right (back):  Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa, Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa

(front):  Fred Labelle, Harriet Dempsey and Nancy Murray, residents at St. Joseph’s Villa

January 19, 2017 -Melanie Kanerva, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation and Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair and Co-Chairs of the 2016 St. Joseph’s Gala present a cheque in the amount of $100,000 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator and Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The funds raised will be placed towards the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa.

St. Joseph’s Foundation hosted their Annual Gala dinner and dance on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Caruso Club in Sudbury.  The gala event was attended by over three hundred guests who indulged in wonderful 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 $100,000 which will go toward the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa” noted Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair. “Our gratitude is sincerely extended to all those who gave of their time and money.”

St. Joseph’s Villa is a 128-beds long-term care home located on South Bay Road which opened in 2003 and has been home to hundreds of residents over the past 13 years.  “The current furnishings are worn and need to be replaced.  New furnishings will certainly enhance the home-like environment and ensure the safety of our residents” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator.

The Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions and for spending an evening with them!  They look forward to seeing you at the next gala taking place on October 21, 2017!

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/ .

 

Hyndman family donates funds to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre to help others on their rehabilitation journey!

November 2016

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From left to right:  William (Ted) Ted Hyndman, Mikale Robitaille, Physiotherapist, Alison Young, Rehabilitation Assistant , Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Lynne Scarsellone, Director of Care

Mr. William (Ted) Hyndman’s family donated $7,000 to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre which was placed towards the purchase of a recumbent cross trainer. The NuStep provides safe and effective exercise for individuals of all fitness and ability levels and is a very welcomed addition to our rehabilitation program.

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St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s Social Committee celebrates Halloween at St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

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(Sudbury) October 31, 2016 – The Halloween spirit was alive and well at St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa as social committee members delivered over 1000 candy grams to residents, patients, staff and volunteers.

 

Wishes Are Coming True at St. Joseph’s Health Centre!

July 13, 2016 – Senior’s Month ended on a high note at St. Joseph’s Health Centre with three separate resident and patient wishes being granted through the organizations’ annual Make a Wish Program.

The Make a Wish Program was introduced at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2015 with the goal to enrich the lives of its residents and patients by providing opportunities for unique and meaningful life experiences.  The Make a Wish Committee selects one resident from each of St. Gabriel’s Villa and St. Joseph’s Villa as well as one patient from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre during senior’s month and fulfill their special wish.

It is heartwarming to see the expressions each year on the faces of the winners and to know that this program is made possible from the donations received through the organizations Special Needs Fund; a fund that staff of St. Joseph’s Health Centre support through payroll deduction.

What were the 2016 winning wishes?

At St. Gabriel’s Villa, Mr. Raymond Marcotte is preparing for a convertible ride where he will listen to his favorite “tunes” and feel the wind against his face the way he used to as a young man.  Belanger Ford in Chelmsford will be helping to make Ray’s wish come true by providing the convertible for the ride.

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Albert Lamirande of St. Joseph’s Villa is preparing for an afternoon in downtown Sudbury, his old “stomping grounds” as part of his winning wish.  He wants to see how much the downtown has changed and will either take in a movie, a lunch out, or perhaps both!

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On June 22nd at the Senior’s Month BBQ, it was announced that Carol Werbowsky was this year’s recipient of the Make A Wish initiative at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.  Co-Patient Wendy Field nominated Carol for the wish.  Wendy’s wish for Carol is to receive a manicure, pedicure and some extra pampering during the year.

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St. Joseph’s Health Centre welcomes new Board members

July 8, 2016 – Linda Wilson, Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Board members.

Ray Hunt: Chief Administrative Officer with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Andre Durette: Director of Human Resources at Cambrian College

Guy Beaulieu: Vice President of Operations, Bonaventure Property Management Inc. and Vice President and comptroller of Pijo Investments Ltd.

Gloria Richer: Retired Critical Care Registered Nurse and the former Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa

These appointments were endorsed by the Board of Directors at its special meeting on June 22, 2016 and confirmed by our sponsor, the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario during their annual general meeting held on June 27, 2016.

The St. Joseph’s family of operations provides long-term care and continuing care at three facilities.  These include St. Joseph’s Villa, (SJV), a 128-bed long-term care home; St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (SJCCC), a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital; and Villa Gabriel Villa (VSGV), a 128-bed long-term care home located in Chelmsford.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre (SJHC) provides management, human resources and financial services to these facilities.

Highlights from the special annual meeting:

  • Joseph’s Health Centre was awarded the prestigious Community Builder’s Award in the category of Health Care
  • Joseph’s Health Centre was also presented with the Chair’s award from Maison Vale Hospice at their annual gala that took place on November 19, 2015
  • Joseph’s Villa was awarded a three-year accreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in October 215
  • The Montessori Programming for dementia was introduced at St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. The goals of this initiative are:  improving quality of life for our residents, as well as caregiver satisfaction for staff, volunteers and family members.
  • St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is working towards implementing a new Most Responsible Physician model which will enhance the consistency of care for our patients.
  • Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated its 5th anniversary on March 30, 2016.
  • Over the course of the past year, hand hygiene audits were conducted at all sites as per practice and the following awards were presented:
    • the annual award for the “Most Improved” and the “Best Overall” Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Award was presented to Gardenway neighbourhood staff at SJV with a 99% compliance rate.  The plaques were awarded on May 18th to the day and afternoon shift staff.
    • Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s level 1 and 2 tied for second place – “Best Overall” with a compliance rate of 96%.  St. Joseph’s Villa’s Hillcrest and Sunnyside neighbourhoods tied for 3rdplace with a compliance rate of 95%.
    • Joseph’s Villa’s Lakeview and Sunnyside neighbourhoods tied for second place for most improved.  St. Joseph’s Villa’s Hillcrest neighbourhood came in third place.

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors looks forward to another exciting and challenging year through its efforts to continue providing high quality care to those we serve and identifying the unmet health care needs in the community.  We will do this by continuing to work with our staff, physicians, volunteers, community partners and new Board members as we continue to Care… Beyond The Moment.

Sr. Sarah Quackenbush awarded the 2016 Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario “Living the Mission Award”

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From left to right:  John Ruetz, President and CEO of the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury, Sr. Sarah Quackenbush, Linda Wilson, Board Chair, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

(Sudbury) June 27, 2016 – Sr. Sarah Quackenbush, the CHSO representative on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors, received the Catholic Health Sponsors of Ontario ‘Living the Mission Award” at a special ceremony which took place in Toronto at the CHSO annual general meeting.  This award recognizes people or teams from CHSO member organizations that have made a significant contribution over a sustained period of time to the advancement of Catholic health care in Ontario. This award acknowledges the highest level of excellence in the area of demonstrated and recognized day-to-day expression of Mission. The Mission Award winner has inspired and mentored others, carried the mission to the next generation of leaders, and is a beacon of servant leadership.

“Sister Sarah has been my measure of what constitutes a Catholic health care environment and what directions are required to ensure one.  Her pragmatic approach to governance and organizational operation, tempered with the philosophy of the Sister’s of St. Joseph and her commitment to the mission of Catholic health care, is inspiring and effective.  This award is a great way to recognize her dedication, commitment, and selflessness – all of which have so greatly benefited our organizations and many others.” stated Linda Wilson, Board Chair, St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury.

BACKGROUND

Sister Sarah Quackenbush is a well-known, highly-respected member of the provincial and local Catholic health care community, who truly meets all the criteria set out for the Living the Mission Award.

Sister Sarah’s involvement in Catholic health care has spanned some 40 years.  She has shared her expertise, dedication, and wisdom in a variety of settings and in a variety of capacities both provincially and nationally, including:

  • As President at the St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Elliot Lake for many years
  • As Vice-President of the then newly-formed Catholic Health Corporation of Ontario (CHCO), where she
    • helped the organization create a new sponsorship model
    • was responsible for Mission and Education
    • lead organizational discussions around Institutional Mission, Trustee and Senior Leadership education
    • facilitated board retreats
  • As the CHCO nominee to the Catholic Health Association Board when it made the difficult decision to change to a secretariat as the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
  • Helping to coordinate and deliver the Catholic Leadership education program provided to institutions across Ontario and in New Brunswick
  • Being instrumental in developing programs for trustees and middle managers of Catholic facilities throughout Ontario that link the values of the institution to work performed
  • As a member of the CHSO Board
  • As the CHSO’s representative on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, and Villa St. Gabriel Villa
  • Recording the history/founding of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, including Sisters’ involvement in the provision of care health care in Northern Ontario
  • Influencing the integration of a slow-paced rehabilitation program in the City of Greater Sudbury.  She recognized the unmet need and through consultation with various networking partners, she sowed the seed for the development of the program.  One of the most successful programs is housed at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, where more than 1,800 patients have transitioned through the Centre’s assess and restore and geriatric rehabilitation units since it opened in 2009.

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Sister Sarah, as noted above, is the CHSO representative on our Board of Directors.  For over 20 years, she has been instrumental in providing leadership and direction to linking our Mission and values to the work we perform.   She is an invaluable member of our community, providing us with insight, expertise, and wise counsel in ensuring that the Sisters’ philosophy of care remains the foundation of the Health Centre’s operation.

A teacher and mentor, Sister Sarah worked with us to video record her presentation on the beginnings of health services in Northern Ontario and in Sudbury.  In this presentation, she articulates that ‘the Sisters did not get involved in health care to form hospitals.  They got into health care because they were responding to the needs of the poor and the needs of the sick’ – the foundation upon which we operate today and upon which we look to the future.  Through this video, the viewer experiences a narrative of the true hardship and drive of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie to meet the unmet needs of the communities throughout Northern Ontario.  This twenty-minute video entitled “Called to be a Mission Leader” is presented at orientation to all staff and is available on our website https://www.sjsudbury.com/index.php/st-josephs-health-centre/history-sjhc/ .

In addition, through the delivery of the Catholic Leadership Program, Sister Sarah has helped our senior leaders, managers, and directors to more effectively carry out their responsibilities as leaders of a Catholic organization.  Her delivery of the message of the Catholic mission has had visible impact at both the personal and organizational level at all of our organizations, as is evidenced by the feedback that has been received from all those with whom she has interacted.  Through her educational work, she has:

  • Provided a learning and living experience that is not available in other professional or academic programs for leaders in Catholic organizations;
  • Created a space for reflection that enables a person to better know one’s self and one’s call as a leader within a Catholic organization;
  • Expanded one’s ability to articulate the unique role of Catholic health and social services in contemporary society;
  • Enriched one’s vocabulary to better articulate the Church’s mission in health and social service;
  • Enabled the understanding of the rich heritage of Catholic social teaching; and
  • Ensured the on-going development of Catholic health and social services by mentoring our leaders.

She is also able to influence and guide individuals, organizations and communities through her compassion and strong belief in Catholic mission and values.  Through the education programs delivered to our Board, senior leaders, staff and volunteers, she has helped to more clearly define our purpose and how to imbed that purpose in the services offered to our patients, residents, and their families…she has helped us articulate how our mission, values, and ethical commitments support our daily care and service delivery and the fulfillment of our strategic directions.

We are blessed to have her as part of our community…as a speaker, as a promoter of our mission, as an educator, and also as the leader of our annual missioning ceremony for the Board and administrative staff members.

As the CHSO representative on our Boards, Sister Sarah provides valuable insight and direction on our chosen strategic directions.  At every annual general meeting of the Board, Sister Sarah asks the auditors, with sincere humility and grace, the question:  “Are you aware of any fraud in this organization?”  Her due diligence as a Director is evidenced through her various queries of the Board and committee functions and the ability to direct the Board to engage in the difficult questions it needs to face in order to live out the Mission and meet the unmet needs in our community.

Sister Sarah is gifted with a relentless curiosity and open mind and with such astounding depths of good will and good cheer as are rarely encountered.  She leads by example, is true to her faith, promotes the ‘healing mission of Jesus,’ and is loved and respected by all.

We at St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury truly feel that the ‘Living the Mission Award’ speaks to the inspiration, mentorship, and leadership demonstrated by Sister Sarah.  We believe that Sister Sarah Quackenbush is most deserving of this prestigious award.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

(Sudbury) June 15, 2016 – World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – attempts to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders around the world.  In June each year, Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to our communities.  As part of our senior’s month celebrations St. Joseph’s Health Centre is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.

In recognition, staff at all of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre facilities, namely, St. Joseph’s Villa, Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre joined together and wore “purple” to encourage attention and support the venue.

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Villa St. Gabriel Villa

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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre