St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre wins big at the Ontario Hospital Association Health Achieve Conference in Toronto
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury, the only stand-alone complex continuing care hospital in the North East, was honoured twofold this week at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Annual Health Achieve Conference in Toronto.
The Ontario Hospital Association’s Small, Rural and Northern Provincial Leadership Council announced that the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Guardian Angel Program submission was chosen as this year’s winner of the OHA’s Small Rural and Northern Health Award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes innovation, leadership and excellence in the delivery of patient care within a small, rural and/or northern community.
SJCCC developed and implemented the Guardian Angel Program in response to an identified need in the kind care and support being offered to patients whose deaths were expected in the next 10 to 14 days and the care and support offered to families and staff members in the days following the patients death. The program enhances the patient’s end of life experience, the family’s satisfaction, and the quality of care they receive while they are keeping vigil and while they are grieving.
“We are truly honoured by this award. Our staff have worked diligently in developing this program which was also implemented at our sister facilities, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. In addition, the SJCCC’s Guardian Angel Program is part of a five-year research project being led by the Centre for Education and Research and Aging and Health (CERAH). The aim of the research project is to identify and implement components of a successful palliative care program in each of the participating long-term care homes”, explained Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO.
Secondly, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre with the 2013 Quality Health Care Workplace Award – Bronze category. This award recognizes the organization’s efforts to improve SJCCC’s workplace in ways that contribute to the healthcare providers’ quality of work life and the quality of care and services they deliver. Ms. Palkovits indicated that “this recognition reinforces our organization’s efforts to improve the quality of work life for all our staff and physicians through our Caring Beyond the Moment initiative”. SJCCC was commended for its commitment to ensuring a quality healthcare workplace.
Ehren Baldauf, Board Chair of the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, commented that he is “very proud of the SJCCC and the awards that it has received today. It is apparent that a lot of work has been done within the SJCCC since its inception 4 years ago. The Board compliments the management team, staff and physicians for their heartfelt commitment to our patients and those we serve.”
Your collective dedication to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has earned us these noteworthy merits. On behalf of the Board of Directors and the management team, thank you for… Caring Beyond the Moment.
￼Rehabilitation at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre provides the key to go home.
Violet Pevato suffers from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition which can immobilize her. In fact, at one point, she literally could no longer walk. following an emergency sty in hospital, Mrs. Prevato was referred to the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre in order to commence rehabilitation in the Assess Restore Program.
(SUDBURY) – June 1, 2010 – Thomas Orendorff, Board Chair and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO gathered today with health care professionals, Board and Foundation members and community partners to mark the first anniversary of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. The celebration also highlighted the good works of St. Joseph’s Foundation.
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital officially opened its doors on June 1st, 2009. Since that time, it has developed 2 unique programs; the medically complex program and the functional enhancement program. A third program, the geriatric rehabilitation program to help assist CCC patients attain their maximum rehabilitation potential is under development. The hospital has a full complement of patients and has transitioned 48 patients through their system since its inception. “These are 48 individuals who otherwise would most likely have continued to have been at the Sudbury Regional Hospital but who are now in a more appropriate setting including either home, retirement living or long-term care” said Thomas Orendorff.
“The seed to develop SJCCC stemmed from the Government of Ontario’s Health Service Restructuring Commission” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits. As a cost savings solution to the building of the one-site acute hospital HRSRH “St. Joseph’s Health Centre proposed to build and operate 64 Complex Continuing Care (CCC) beds on South Bay Road, as an addition to St. Joseph’s Villa rather than remain in the Sisters’ Tower”. Approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, construction began in October 2007.
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is supported by St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury whose mission is to fund care initiatives not traditionally supported through government operating dollars that enhance the delivery of care – body, mind and spirit, to patients and their families. Since 2004, the Foundation has raised nearly $300,000 which has been placed towards the purchase of capital equipment and furniture. In order to do this the Foundation held a number of events including, “First, in 2007, in order to raise funds for an Arjo therapeutic tub, an event was held to break a Guinness Book of World Record. The event involved preparing the largest slab of fudge that weighted in at 5050 lbs. This event was speared headed by Gerry Lougheed Jr. and under his leadership and enthusiasm managed to raise $26,000. In 2008, our gala, which was an enormous success, under the leadership of Jeanne Warwick and myself, garnered $68,500. Portions of those funds were placed towards the purchase of 8 sit-to-stand lifts” stated Melanie Kanerva, Foundation Chair.