Each year during the month of April, our organizations celebrate volunteers who have been an integral part of important human connections with residents, patients, staff, and families throughout the year. Thank you to all those staff, families, administration and volunteers who participated in the past 12 months in this year’s virtual video celebration – photo slideshow in honour of our volunteers in action at St. Joseph’s Villa and SJCCC South Bay Road and Clarion Sites!
Please enjoy the video here:
The National Volunteer week theme for 2022, Volunteering Is Empathy In Action, affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities. Thank you to our volunteers for being present, giving of opportunities and by doing so, making an incredible difference in other’s lives. Volunteering can help us develop empathy; viewing the world through the eyes of another, connect people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, expand our views and build our capacity to work collectively contributing to a vibrant, inclusive community.
During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate your actions, your understanding, and your sincere concern for the world around you- in which you chose to participate in making a vibrant, safe, compassionate and inclusive space.
Please celebrate by thanking a volunteer at any time of year with us!
The St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Gervais to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 31, 2022.
Ms. Gervais was selected following an extensive national search conducted by Mirams Becker, a healthcare executive search firm. Ms. Gervais is an accomplished executive who for the past 14 years held the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.
Daniel Sirois, Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors said, “Ms. Gervais has been an integral part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre senior management team. The Board is confident that Ms. Gervais has the right leadership qualities to lead the organization through a time of growth while building on the legacy and achievements of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Ms. Gervais’s extensive clinical background combined with her value-based leadership style makes her a natural fit for the organization. I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms. Gervais on her appointment as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and look forward to working with her to continue to provide quality care to the residents and patients.”
With more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, Ms. Gervais has an unwavering commitment to quality care with a reputation for achieving results and inspiring others.
“I feel a strong personal alignment with the organizational values of Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence which will continue to guide my work and I look forward to serving St. Joseph’s Health Centre not only as President and CEO but as Mission Leader as well” stated Ms. Gervais.
Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Gerontology from Laurentian University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University, an Administrator’s Leadership Certificate from the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and is a member in good standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre is not for profit organization which oversees the operation St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital located on South Bay Road and a 32-bed hospital at the Clarion Hotel site located downtown Sudbury. St. Joseph’s Health Centre also oversees the operation of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, two 128-bed long-term care homes, located on South Bay Road in Sudbury and Reginal Road 15 in Chelmsford, respectively.
There has been significant changes to the Ministry of Long Term Care Directives for Long Term Care homes in Ontario in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the significant increase in COVID-19 cases province wide. Please read the new requirements carefully and please pass on this information to family members and friends so that they are aware of the new requirements for vaccination, visitation, and resident absences from the home.
The Villa will test all fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers, at minimum, 2 times per week, in addition to existing testing requirements for those not fully vaccinated.
General visitors / support workers, regardless of vaccination status, require proof of negative test upon entry, taken the day of the visit, or on a previous day.
Testing not required for infants under one year of age.
Effective December 15 at 7pm, general visitors who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter the long-term care home. Please note that this was put in place on November 30 at the Villa.
Effective December 20: To gain entry to the home, essential caregivers must show proof of their first dose as of December 20th and by February 21, 2022 to show proof of all required doses. **Caregivers designated after December 14th are required to be fully vaccinated to gain entry to the home.
Visitors (general visitors and essential caregivers)
Up to two people per resident at a time only (includes essential caregivers). All visits must take place within the resident room only. Exception is only made when assisting with feeding in the dining room.
Children over the age of 1 who are not vaccinated are not permitted to visit
Residents can designate a maximum of two caregivers (unless more than two caregivers were already designated prior to December 14th.
Activities (communal dining, social activities)
Cohorting of residents for high-risk activities (singing, dancing etc.) and dining.
Large group social activities are discouraged.
Performances/entertainers permitted in adherence to visitor requirements regarding testing and vaccination.
Day absences for social purposes are permitted for fully vaccinated residents only.
Essential, medical and compassionate and palliative absences are still permitted, regardless of vaccination status
Overnight absences for social purposes are being suspended, regardless of vaccination status.
Requirements upon return/admission/transfer to home
Actively screen residents upon return;
Rapid test and PCR test on day 3 following absence, followed by a PCR test on day 7. No isolation is required unless positive result is received.
If known exposure to a case, PCR test on day 1 and day 7 and isolate until a negative result is confirmed from day 7.
For all return/admissions/transfers from another healthcare facility that is not in an outbreak:
If asymptomatic and fully vaccinated and no known exposure to a case, do PCR test prior to admission or on arrival at the LTCH, with isolation until a negative test result is received.
Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.
For all other return/admissions/transfers to the home (not including day absences):
A PCR test is required prior to admission or on day 1, and on day 7. Isolation is required until a negative result is confirmed from day 7 (the test prior to admission is only valid the day of, or from the previous day).
Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.
All individuals must be screened prior to entry into the home.
Once daily symptom screening is required for residents in the home unless requirements related to return/admissions/transfers apply.
Should you have any further questions or concerns. Please feel free to reach out.
With the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community, and recently released guidelines from Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD), I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you about the Christmas season at the Villa.
We have seen baked goods and tins of treats being dropped of for our staff to enjoy at the neighbourhood level. Unfortunately, such items are considered finger food and present an infection control concern given that many hands take part in the selection of the food over the various shifts. It also encourages removal of masks in the neighbourhood to take part in the treats- something which we do not permit staff to do, unless in a designated break area off the nieghbourhood and physically distanced 2 meters apart. We would ask that families do not bring in such items for staff. This season is also know for the gift of floral arrangements. Please note that we do have a scent free policy and we have several staff that have allergies or are extremely sensitive to fragrances, with some being allergic to poinsettias. Please refrain from bringing in or having floral arrangements delivered to the Villa.
Just a reminder regarding the protocols for visits with residents:
– only 4 persons per resident are permitted to visit at one time
– masks must be worn at all times by all visitors for the entire visit
– those essential caregivers who are not fully immunized must also where a protective isolation gown and ensure their visit is held solely in the resident’s room
– general visitors who are not fully immunized are not permitted to visit residents
– no food or drink can be consumed by any visitors during visits as this will require the lowering or removal of masks
– general visitors may only visit with residents within the resident rooms
– any non-compliance with any of the above will be addressed accordingly and those in non-compliance may be asked to leave the premises
PHSD has just released the following guidelines to the Sudbury Long Term Care homes for residents leaving the home to spend time with family:
Provide education to residents and families who are taking residents outside the home for attendance at social events including:
Limiting the number of participants at the event to only those who are essential
Limiting the duration of the event, or the length of time the resident attends the event
Ensure everyone attending self-screens and stays home if symptomatic (with even one mild symptom)
Ensuring everyone who attends the event is fully immunized
Encourage mask wearing and maintaining physical distancing especially if there is anyone in attendance whose immunization status is unknown/non fully immunized.
o If wearing masks, ensure that the resident can maintain physical distancing when removing masks for eating or drinking.
Ensuring everyone attending the event has access to hand hygiene supplies, assist the resident in performing hand hygiene often and as necessary.
Cleaning and disinfecting/sanitizing shared spaces and equipment frequently and thoroughly (washrooms and food preparation/eating utensils)
Open windows to encourage ventilation when climate appropriate.
Consider the resident’s virtual participation if there is any question as to the ability for them to attend in person safely.
In the interest of utmost safety for our residents, please ensure to follow the recent guidelines for hand hygiene, masking, physical distancing, community gatherings and activities by the PHSD and please pass the information above on to other family members and friends of our residents.
I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience during this fourth wave for our residents and staff alike.
Have a good weekend,
Ray Ingriselli Site Administrator Villa St. Gabriel Villa
17 Christmas stockings were delivered to Villa St. Gabriel Villa on Thursday, November 25th. The socks will be distributed on Christmas Day to residents who do not have family support over the Christmas holiday season. The stockings and donated contents were coordinated by Evelyn Dutrisac, Diane St. Pierre, Julie Desimone from Desimone Foot and Ankle Centre, and Nicole Blais from Goshenite Seniors Services.
As an incentive to increase staff vaccination rates at all of its sites, St. Joseph’s Health Centre held a raffle whereby the names of fully vaccinated staff were entered into a draw to win $500 in cash.
The lucky winners were:
Laura Ross, St. Joseph’s Villa Michelle Mayer, Villa St. Gabriel Villa Aseem Khajuria, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Carli Derochie, St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Laura Ross
Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator
“We are fortunate and proud that the majority of our staff are fully vaccinated. We must continue to be diligent and to urge everyone to get vaccinated” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO. “As we head into the peak of the 4th wave, we must be pro-active. Please continue to physically distance, to wash your hands and to wear a mask in public.”
According to Public Health Sudbury & District, as of September 6, 2021 84.6% of residents (12+) have received their first dose and 77.6% are fully immunized. Provincially, these figures are 83.6% and 77.1% respectively. Let’s continue this momentum! Get vaccinated today!
The President/CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Jo-Anne Palkovits hosts a celebration of the 16th annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie awards for excellence. This award is given by peers in recognition of their colleagues.
Joan Watier was the 2021 Make a Wish Winner at St. Gabriel’s Villa. Joan received four different nominations from members of her care team. On August 26th her wish became a reality.
Joan’s bucket list included going for a ride in a convertible and her care staff wanted to see her spoiled for the day including lunch and time spent with good friends and family.
Perhaps what made this wish the most memorable was the opportunity for Joan to spend time with her son Tim who flew in from British Columbia. Mother and son had the opportunity to spend three days cruising around town, top down, catching up on the past year and a half.
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I hope that you are enjoying your summer as we start into August.
I want to make you aware of some information and changes that we are making in an effort to enhance our residents’ experience at the Villa as we continue through the pandemic.
Effective Monday August 9th, general visitors will no longer be required to schedule indoor visits with residents. In reviewing the frequency of visits per week, we have found that scheduling indoor visits is no longer warranted. Please note the following:
We will still require outdoor visits to be scheduled so that we can ensure that residents are brought out to the outdoor visiting area as required.
No more than 4 visitors per resident are permitted for indoor visits at one time to ensure physical distancing can be maintained indoors.
We ask that general visitors refrain from visiting at the following times:
Before 10:00 am (to allow breakfast and morning care to be completed)
Between 12:00 and 1:30 (lunch meal service and afternoon care)
Between 5:00 and 6:00 (dinner meal service)
All visitors are required to have a mask on at all times during their visit, regardless of whether the visit is indoors and outdoors.
No food or drink is to be consumed by visitors during visits as this would require the removal of the mask to do so.
To date there has been no change in testing requirements. Those visitors with proof of being fully vaccinated will not require a Rapid Antigen Test. Those visitors who are not fully vaccinated will still require Rapid Antigen testing for indoor visits. No testing is required for general visitors taking part in outdoor visits but screening with the Lobby Deputy is still required prior to outdoor visits.
With respect to the dining room meal services, we have now moved the Vermillion and High Falls neighbourhoods to full communal dining with four residents per table and without Plexiglass partitions. We will be transitioning Whitson and White Water shortly once the seating arrangements are finalized.
To conclude this email with some lighter information, below is an opportunity presented to you to support our organization through the St. Joseph’s Foundation, which is the fund raising entity that raises funds for all sites in our organization, including St. Gabriel’s Villa.
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury Launches its 50/50 Campaign for Compassionate Care
We are excited to announce the launch of our 50/50 DRAW. This is a great opportunity for YOU to support our compassionate care at St. Joseph’s! This is the one 50/50 Draw in YOUR community dedicated to rehabilitative and restorative care for local citizens when they are most vulnerable!
St. Joseph’s Sudbury has been providing compassionate and caring services to YOUR community for 18 years. Traditional government funding goes entirely to cover basic costs for resident and patient care but does not provide additional dollars for new equipment, upgrades and maintenance. With the launch of our 50/50 draw we look forward to the opportunity to make the improvements over time that will make our resident and patient stays that much more safe, comfortable and in the case of our rehabilitation patients, rewarding.
COVID-19 has taught us much and has added greater urgency for the need to ensure we upgrade our facility to the highest standards. The pandemic has resulted in unexpected costs for staffing, agency staffing and PPE. Moving forward, we have all learned the importance of being prepared for all eventualities.
That’s why YOUR support for our 50/50 Draw is so needed and so appreciated!