left to right: Fern Cormier, Councillor Ward 10, City of Greater Sudbury, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator, Linda Wilson, Board Chair
(Sudbury) June 8, 2015
Today St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury (SJCCC) welcomed geriatricians Dr. Paige Moorhouse and Dr. Laurie Mallery from the PATH Clinic in Halifax. This is only the second time that this training is being offered to a hospital in Ontario and the first in the North East. The team is here to introduce and provide PATH (Palliative and Therapeutic Harmonization) training to SJCCC’s multi-disciplinary team including physicians, Registered Nurses, Allied Health Care professionals and pharmacists. Observers from Health Sciences North, members from EDOS (Emergency Department Outreach Services) and Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, geriatrician, NESGS (North East Specialized Geriatric Services), were also invited to attend to ensure consistency throughout the Sudbury health care system.
PATH is a process that helps older people and their families understand their health status and guides them through the process of making health care decisions that protect their best interests and quality of life. The goal of PATH is to help patients and families choose a blend of therapeutic and palliative measures that will best preserve an individual’s quality of life in their remaining time.
Why is Harmonization Important?
Therapeutic care aims to solve a person’s health problems. Palliative care seeks to reduce a person’s suffering by controlling symptoms like pain or nausea. It does not try to solve the underlying problem.
There are times when it is appropriate to take all possible therapeutic measures to cure or delay the progression of illness. However, at other times this approach may cause more harm than good. As people develop more health problems they become frail. People who are frail may not be able to tolerate or benefit from the complex medical and surgical treatments that tend to benefit healthier people. When a person is in the final stage of his or her life, palliative care is often the most compassionate course of action.
The goal of PATH is to help patients and families choose a blend of therapeutic and palliative measures that will best preserve an individual’s quality of life in their remaining time.
This is an ambitious program of skill building and team re-organization for improved efficiency to:
- Eliminate repetitive assessments
- Improve the relevance of the patient assessment
- Optimize team communication
- Make better use of the assessment for care planning
- Improve system navigation
Dr. Laurie Mallery graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and completed residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Subsequently, she received her subspecialty training in Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University/Halifax Infirmary Hospital. Her principle interests are the assessment and treatment of dementia, education, and exercise..
Dr. Mallery is the head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Director of the Center for Health Care of the Elderly at the QEII Health Science Centre.
Dr. Moorhouse holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and completed her MD and residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University in 2007. She completed a Master’s of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2008.
She is the principle investigator for several provincial and national grants including the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the University Internal Medicine Research Fund. She was the 2007 recipient of the Kaufman Award for Research from the Canadian Geriatrics Society, and the 2006 recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Gerontology Association of Nova Scotia.
Camille Quesnel had been a long-standing and devoted volunteer with St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate sites, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. From 2004 to 2014, Camille offered compassionate support to vulnerable long-term care seniors with his participation in the development of programming with geriatric restorative activities programming.
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.