Media Release – June 2018
The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for her 15+ years of service with the Foundation as she steps down as the Foundation Chair and Gala Co-Chair after her many years with the organization.
With fierce determination and a keen leadership style, Ms. Warwick-Conroy has been integral in
developing and seeing to fruition numerous fundraising activities for St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa such as the Foundation’s annual gala. Since 2004, the Foundation has raised nearly $1 Million which has been placed towards the purchase of capital equipment and furniture. Our residents, patients, staff and volunteers have benefited from sit-to-stand lifts, Arjo therapeutic tubs, a Special Needs bus and the Healing Gardens on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, to name but a few.
As a result of Jeanne’s “retirement”, the SJCCC Healing Garden has been re-named the The Jeanne Warwick-Conroy Healing Garden in recognition of her fundraising efforts. In fact, the funds used to build and create the healing garden were as a direct result of Jeanne’s effort. Thank you Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for Caring… beyond the moment!
Photo: from left to right – Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Jeanne Warwick-Conroy and Sr. Bonnie MacLellan, General Superior, Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie
May 7, 2018
From left to right back row: Linda Masse, RN, Kelly Fleming, RN, Cyndi Cunningham, RPN, Nikki Middleton, RPN, Nancy Johnstone, RPN, Lynne Scarsellone, Director of Care, Lisa Robillard, RPN, and Natalie Szilva, RN.
From left to right front row: Tracy Burton, RN, Sandra Goupil, RN, Hautaniemi Raili, Retired RN and SJCCC patient, Julie Giguere, RPN, Jacqueline Lefebvre, RPN and Celina Van Druenen, RPN
Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre kicked-off a week-long celebration in honour of National Nursing Week 2018. We would like to thank all of our wonderful Nursing Staff at SJCCC.
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!
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:
- Tracy Lessard, Chaplain
- Mavia DeNoble, Occupational Therapist
- Kandy Pedisic, Clinical Lead
- Allanah O’Brien, Life Enrichment Assistant
- Amanda McKee, Personal Care Assistant
- Sue Lynn Roy, Personal Care Assistant
- Karen Redner, Personal Care Assistant
- 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.
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.
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/ .
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
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.
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.