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Idylwylde Golf & Country Club – Men’s Invitational donates to St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury

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From left to right:  Robbie Coe, Melanie Kanerva, Chair St. Joseph’s Foundation and Dale Dubreuil

Robbie Coe, Tournament Chair, Idylwylde Golf and Country Club Men’s Invitational 2016 and Dale Dubreuil, Scotia Wealth Management, Presenting Sponsor present a cheque in the amount of $2,000 to Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury.

Funds raised by the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury help support St. Joseph’s Health Centre; a non-profit organization that provides services for some of the most vulnerable citizens within the Greater Sudbury Community.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre oversees the operation of the Village of Care Campus located on South Bay Road which includes St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed longterm care home and room with potential growth. In addition, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital, is co-located on this site.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also operates Villa St. Gabriel Villa, a 128-bed long-term care home located in Chelmsford, Ontario.

2016-10-14T10:58:09+00:00 October 14th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Foundation News|

St. Joseph’s Villa – Recipient of the Dr. Edward J. Conroy Community Leadership Award 2016

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left to right:  Dr. Kevin McCormick, President and Vice-Chancellor, Huntington University, Linda Wilson, Board Chair, St. Joseph’s Villa, Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa , Dr. Edward J. Conroy, Chancellor Emeritus, Huntington University

Overview

September 29, 2016 – Huntington University is proud to host the 2nd annual Dr. Edward J. Conroy Distinguished Lecture Series and Community Leadership Awards.  This prestigious event and awards program celebrates local residents and groups who demonstrate true leadership through community action.

Dr. Edward J. Conroy is a well-respected criminal and civil litigation lawyer and partner in the firm Conroy Trebb Scott Hurtubise LLP.  He is also past president of the Sudbury Law Association.

Dr. Conroy is one of the founders of Huntington University and served as a member of the Board of Regents prior to his appointment as the university’s third Chancellor.  In 1995 Huntington presented him with an Honourary Doctorate of Sacred Letters, and most recently he was named Chancellor Emeritus.

In May 2015, Huntington University celebrated the launch of the Dr. Edward J. Conroy Distinguished Lecture Series and Community Leadership Awards, established in recognition of Dr. Conroy’s outstanding leadership in the community and dedication to our university.  He continues to be a strong supporter of many community events and causes.

St. Joseph’s Villa

St. Joseph’s Villa is a long-term care home that opened its doors on December 1st, 2003 to 128 residents.  St. Joseph’s Villa is a Centre of Excellence in Aging and Wellness in Northeastern Ontario.  The facility was built with four 32 bed resident home areas, which reflect through design, a comfortable, familiar and home-like environment.

As a long term care facility, it provides 24 hour nursing care, support for activities of daily living, life enrichment services including physical activities, therapy services, meal services and accommodations.

Opportunities exist for student placements from local educational institutions as well as volunteer positions for all ages. St. Joseph’s Villa has working partnerships with Sudbury’s post-secondary institutions, including Huntington University, and provides opportunities for student placements and research guided projects.

Guided by its core values of service, integrity, dignity and excellence, their approach to holistic care respects the unique needs of each resident and fosters the spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of residents, families / friends, staff and volunteers.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 October 4th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Villa St. Gabriel Villa officially unveils its healing gardens

(Chelmsford, Ontario)  On September 12, 2016, Villa St. Gabriel Villa held the official unveiling of their newly completed healing gardens – one at each side of the Villa in addition to a meadow and trees which beautifies the entire facility.  The healing gardens will promote activities, encourage interaction, and will promote enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, friends and staff at Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

The project was made possible through several fundraising efforts.  First, St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury raised funds for this much needed initiative via its annual gala, dinner and dance fundraiser held on October 24, 2015.  Through the generosity of sponsors, donors and attendees the gala committee raised approximately $68,000.

“The Foundation board members and I are truly proud to be associated with Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The Foundation’s mission is to fund care initiatives not traditionally supported through government operating dollars that enhance the delivery of care: body, mind and spirit to residents and their families” stated Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair.

In addition, in December 2013, the Sabourin family established the Fonds commémoratif Monique Landry-Sabourin Memorial Fund to celebrate Monique’s tireless commitment – from the vision to the construction and opening of Villa St. Gabriel Villa, on land generously donated by Gabriel Bélanger.  Since its launch in December 2013, the fund has raised over $50,000.

Monique Landry-Sabourin, who was a member of the Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre from 2002 to 2011 and Chair from 2005 to 2007, played an integral role in seeing Villa St. Gabriel Villa come to fruition. Part of our Board’s mandate is to identify and, where feasible, meet the unmet needs in the community.  And, that is exactly what Mme. Landry-Sabourin and  Board members did  … they identified the need for a long-term care home in Chelmsford.  Monique, who was instrumental in negotiating the land deal, met with Gabriel Bélanger and brought forth the proposal to build in Chelmsford.  In 2009, Gabriel and Laura Bélanger graciously donated this land to St. Joseph’s Health Centre. As a result, Villa St. Gabriel Villa was built and opened its doors in March 2011 to 128 residents.

Moreover, the Bélanger family have also been long-standing and dedicated supporters of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  In addition to the donation of the land on which the Villa is built, Madame Laura Bélanger and her family established the Gabriel and Laura Bélanger fund in September 2015 to support initiatives at the Villa. Laura Bélanger started the Fund with a donation of $50,000.

The dollars raised through the he Fonds commémoratif Monique Landry-Sabourin Memorial Fund and the Gabriel and Laura Bélanger fund were also placed toward this beautiful and worthwile project.

“We are tremendously proud to be able to celebrate this occasion with you – in these beautiful surroundings.. these beautiful gardens were made possible because of the collective generosity of the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury, the Blanger Family, and the Sabourin Family”  stated Linda Wilson, Board Chair. “We are truly grateful”.

The healing gardens feature wheelchair accessible paths, raised planting beds, a gazebo, meadows and beautiful sitting areas for all to enjoy.  The healing gardens will serve as an exterior area for rehabilitation and recreational use.

 

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Left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Laura Bélanger, Pascal Sabourin, Linda Wilson, Board Chair and Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation

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Left to right:  Linda Wilson, Board Chair, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, Pascal Sabourin, Laura Bélanger, Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Michael Heapey, Chair, Villa St. Gabriel Resident Council

*The group is shown placing ladybugs in the healing garden signifying safety and protection to oversee the residents and staff.

Make a Wish Program Recipient at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

August 2016

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At Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Ray Marcotte’s wish came true thanks to the generosity of a Chelmsford car dealership.  Ray’s wish to go for a car ride to get ice-cream with the windows rolled down listening to tunes became a reality on Wednesday August 17th.  Ray got much more than what he had asked for thanks to Josée Belanger-Leroux and Belanger Ford.  Not only were the windows rolled down, the roof was rolled back as well for Ray’s ride in a 2016 ford convertible mustang, courtesy of Belanger Ford.   As a young man who grew up blind, Ray’s family members would often take him out for ice-cream, with Ray fondly remembering the wind blowing against his face during the ride listening to his favorite country music.  Joining Ray on his special day was his brother-in-law, his primary care giver Nicole Young as well as Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The group went for a ride to Lively, then back to Chelmsford Dairy Queen where the staff assisted to make Ray’s special treat.  The residents and staff of Villa St. Gabriel Villa also gathered to send Ray off.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 August 25th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Make a Wish Program Recipient at St. Joseph’s Villa

August 2016

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August 9th was a special day for St. Joseph’s Villa resident Albert Lamirande.  It is the day his wish came true through St. Joseph’s Health Centres’ Make a Wish Program.  In July it was announced that Albert’s wish of spending the afternoon in downtown Sudbury and ending the evening with a nice dinner had been chosen as this years’ winning wish.  The Make a Wish Program was introduced at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 2015 in an effort to enrich the lives of residents and patients by providing opportunity for unique and meaningful life experiences or a new opportunity.  Albert’s wish held significance in that as a younger man he spent a lot of time downtown and he had wanted to see how much it had changed over the years.  Albert visited a number of different downtown locations throughout the afternoon including the Rainbow Centre, splash pad, took in a movie and ended the evening with a steak dinner at the Keg with St. Joseph’s Villa Staff Allanah O’Brien and his niece and nephew.  Earlier in the day a special lunch was also provided to Albert and his primary care giver Jessica Peerla.  Mr. Lamirande was totally thrilled and sated at the end of the day.

2016-10-13T08:44:55+00:00 August 25th, 2016|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

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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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre