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Wishes Are Coming True at St. Joseph’s Villa!

June 2018 – Senior’s Month at St. Joseph’s Villa has concluded and it was another successful month that including a number of special events facilitated by the Life Enrichment Department.  The residents of St. Joseph’s Villa attended a 50’s and 60’s sock hop, a summer carnival and were treated to a barbeque lunch.  The Make a Wish (MAW) announcement was also made on the day of the barbeque.

The Make a Wish Program is held each May where residents, families, staff and volunteers can nominate a resident to receive a special wish each senior’s month.  It was an emotional and joyous afternoon for Mr. Bob McGown who was named the 2018 Make a Wish recipient!  Bob was nominated by Jennifer Gosselin, the Registered Social Worker at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Bob’s wish was to receive a bird-themed room make-over.  The Make a Wish committee is currently in the midst of planning a shopping outing with Bob to pick up all the items the MAW design team will need to turn his room into a cozy sanctuary!  Congratulations Bob!

 L to R:  Allanah O’Brien, LEA, Jennifer Gosslin, Social Worker, Bob McGown, Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, Angie Gilchrist, LEA Program Coordinator, Tanya Anne Ball, Volunteer Coordinator

 

 

Honouring Jeanne Warwick-Conroy for her 15+years of service with St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury

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

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

(Sudbury) June 15, 2018

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 each of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Long Term Care Homes, namely, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa joined together and wore “purple” to encourage attention and support the venue.

Villa St.Gabriel Villa

St. Joseph’s Villa

St. Joseph’s Health Centre honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

April 2018National Volunteer Week at SJHC

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!

Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie Awards For Excellence

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:

SJHC:

  • Tracy Lessard, Chaplain

SJCCC:

  • Mavia DeNoble, Occupational Therapist
  • Kandy Pedisic, Clinical Lead

SJV:

  • Allanah O’Brien, Life Enrichment Assistant
  • Amanda McKee, Personal Care Assistant
  • Sue Lynn Roy, Personal Care Assistant
  • Karen Redner, Personal Care Assistant

VSGV:

  • 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.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program – 3 Recipients Awarded $1,000 bursaries!

Media Release

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

St. Joseph’s Villa is the recipient of a Union Gas Community Improvement Grant!

Media Release – September 2017

From left to right:  Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair, Roger Leveille, Site Administrator, Michele Roy, Union Gas Representative

From left to right:  Ray Thoms, Vince Rodrigue, Union Gas Representative, Angie Gilchrist, Programs Coordinator, St. Joseph’s Villa

On August 22, 2017 St. Joseph’s Villa had two special visitors bearing a very generous gift for the Garden Way neighborhood.  Representatives from Union Gas, Vince Rodrigue and Michele Roy provided a cheque in the amount of $1000.00 as part of the companies’ Community Improvement Grant.  The initiative helps to strengthen communities by donating to local projects accompanied by a volunteer component fulfilled by Union Gas employees.

The money was donated to the Life Enrichment Department who in turn used the donation to fund “Memory Lane” a collection of over 20 nostalgic pictures of Sudbury and surrounding areas that were hung in the neighborhood that is home to residents living with dementia.  Ray Thoms, a community historian also came on board for the project and provided the refinished pictures of Sudbury.

The collection has provided the residents of Garden Way with a more meaningful walk throughout their day as well as opportunity to reminiscence on days gone by.  Our gratitude is extended to both Union Gas and Mr. Ray Thoms for making this project a meaningful addition to the daily experience of our residents.

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.

https://www.ageinc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Awarded_St.JosephsHealthCentre_GPA-Leadership-Excellence-in-Person-Centred-Care_with-distinction.pdf

Killarney Fish & Chip Excursion – Residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa visit Killarney

(Sudbury) July 31, 2017

After visiting Little Current for the past two consecutive years, the Recreation Committee of Villa St. Gabriel Villa came to the table in 2015 with high hopes and big dreams of Killarney fish and chips for their next summer excursion.

After much contemplation and preparation, it was announced in April 2017 that Killarney would, in fact, be the next summer excursion destination for the residents of Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  An invitation was extended to the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa to join in on the fun and even Mother Nature came on board for this special event.  Five residents from SJV and six residents from VSGV awoke to a warm sunny morning July 6th, 2017 and boarded one of two chartered buses to Killarney for fish and chips.  Residents and staff had the opportunity to mix and mingle all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings and food of Killarney.

 

Killarney visit 1_July 2017

Killarney visit 2_July 2017