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2019 Hand Hygiene at SJV

St Joseph’s Villa Staff, Volunteers and Residents Celebrate Hand Hygiene Day

The evidence based Just Clean Your Hands program, launched by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in 2008 which was developed to help reduce health care-associated infections, has become a friendly competition between St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa staff over the past years.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all staff for “Just Cleaning Your Hands!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to treat. “Over the past years, our organizations have implemented strategies to increase our hand hygiene compliance rates. The data demonstrates that our strategies have and continue to be very successful” stated Ms. Palkovits.

National Volunteer Week

Volunteers from the South Bay Campus

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 “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. 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. Thank you for being a valued and integral part of our community!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre launches its new Strategic Directions for 2019-2024

On March 19, 2019, also known as the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate organizations, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa launched its new strategic Directions for 2019-2024.
“As proud as we are of the past, we’re even more excited about what’s ahead for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. We have a new vision for the next 5 years – Making Lives Matter…compassionate care, innovation and discovery. In order to make lives matter, we will build on the strong tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie – which in essence means we have big shoes to fill.” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, we see ourselves, as two long-term care homes and a hospital that show leadership in finding fresh solutions to improve care; one that embraces our diverse community, respecting and responding to their needs. We are a hospital that partners effectively with other health care and community organizations so that patients can receive support, when, where and how they need it. We are two long-term care homes that foster quality care, ensuring we provide the best possible care experiences that meet the unique needs of each and every one of our residents. And, we are a place where everyone – our staff, doctors, students and volunteers – are focused on creating positive changes to meet the evolving needs of not only our patients and residents but also of our community.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is looking forward to working with our community partners as we strive to Make Lives Matter – through compassionate care, innovation and discovery.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at St. Joseph's Villa

LEFT TO RIGHT: Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair, Normand Lachance and Maurice Bourdon residents at St. Joseph’s Villa and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Patricia Mackay, patient at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Theresa Lachance resident at Villa St. Gabriel Villa
and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator

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

South Bay Site Volunteer Appreciation

South Bay Campus

VSGV site Volunteer Appreciation

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Site

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 “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. 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. Thank you for being a valued and integral part of our community!

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

●St. Joseph’s Health Centre ●St. Joseph’s Villa
●St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre ● Villa St. Gabriel Villa
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF SAULT STE. MARIE
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

(February 2019 – Sudbury, ON) – The annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence were held in the month of February.
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:

  • Kim Long, Director of Human Resources

    VSGV:

  • Mary Carriere, Registered Practical Nurse
  • Jody Cooley, Environmental Services Assistant
  • Brendan Scharf, Personal Care Assistant
  • Claire Vincent-Viau, Volunteer Coordinator

    SJCCC:

  • Joanne Keminen, Registered Nurse
  • Varsha Vargheese, Registered Nurse

    SJV:

  • Samantha Barrie, Registered Practical Nurse
  • Lindsey Castonguay, Personal Care Assistant
  • Jessica Peerla, 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 charism 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 serving the most vulnerable and addressing the unmet needs in the community”, said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
Congratulations to all our nominees and award recipients.

Mr. Maurice Bourdon: Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient for St. Joseph’s Villa

Maurice Bourdon_OLTCA winner Decemebr 2018
Mr. Maurice Bourdon with Site Administrator Roger Leveille

Each year the Ontario Long Term Care Association awards a lifetime achievement award to a member at each of its homes.  The award is bestowed on an individual who has made remarkable accomplishments and outstanding contributions to society, their community and/or their long-term care home.  Congratulations to Maurice Bourdon on being selected St. Joseph’s Villa’s recipient.

Mr. Bourdon, although he would tell you otherwise, has contributed to improving life for all residents who call St. Joseph’s Villa home.   Mr. Bourdon sits on the Recreation Committee, a committee that raises funds and steers facility recreation programs. This past year Maurice has accepted the role of Resident Council Chair.  He has had great suggestions and his council and leadership skills are evident as he is able to guide a wide variety of resident discussions.  He is very passionate about bettering the rights of residents who require long-term care.

Besides the good work Mr. Bourdon has started at St. Joseph’s Villa since his admission in 2017, Mr. Bourdon had previously worked as a high school teacher, shaping the minds and impressions of thousands of students throughout his career.  He was nominated by two of his previous students for being an outstanding teacher when he was teaching at Timmins High and Vocation school.  He also received an award for Member of the Year for his contribution to the Timmins Alzheimer’s Society.

Thank you Mr. Bourdon for all that you do to improve the processes and quality of life for those living at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Congratulations Maurice on this achievement.

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The Education and Home Support Facilitator from the Ontario Association of Resident Councils visits with St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa

VSGV Residents pictured left to right:  Resident Council Chair, Theresa Lachance, Merilda Godin, Madelaine Sauve, Lynn Demers, Joel Laplante and Yvonne Brosseau.

SJV residents pictured left to right:  Bill Julien, Yvon Labelle, Melissa McVie (OARC Education and Home Support Facilitator), Pauline Nadjiwan, Resident Council Chair Maurice Bourdon, and Wrenley Watt.

The Resident Councils of both Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Villa played host to Melissa McVie, Education and Home Support Facilitator from the Ontario Association of Resident Councils the first week of October. 

Ms. McVie was on tour of Northern Ontario Long-term care facilities to provide resources and support to the resident leaders and councils.  During her separate visits, the respective councils were able to share some of the unique work taking place at each Villa.  Ms. McVie was impressed by the strong leadership of each council and encouraged the councils to continue to reach out to OARC for support whenever needed.  The Resident Councils of both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel were more than pleased to receive and entertain the special guest and the warm support Ms. McVie brought forth from OARC.

 

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program – Recipient Awarded $1,000 bursary!

Media Release – September 2018

St. Joseph’s Health Centre established an annual 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 recipient is Josée-Anne Asselin, PCA at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Congratulations Josée-Anne!  Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.

Right to left:  Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Josée-Anne Asselin and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Residents from St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel enjoyed their annual excursion to Little Current!

Media Release – August 2018

The coolers were packed and the sun was shining on Wednesday July 18th as residents from both St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa boarded the bus for Little Current.  It was the perfect day for the Villa’s annual excursion outside of the city limits.  Each summer the two Villas charter a bus and head out of town together to do some sight-seeing and to enjoy fresh fish and chips.  Besides enjoying the views along the Little Current boardwalk, residents also enjoyed ice-cream from 3 Cows and a Cone as well as a picturesque left turn up the Willisville hill to sneak a peak of the La Cloche Mountains.

A great time was had by all!