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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 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

Schuster Boyd McDonald’s Chip in for Charity Golf Tournament raises $35,000 for St. Joseph’s Foundation

Media Release – (Sudbury)  August 21, 2017

Cheque presentation

Dan Boyd and Joe McDonald from Schuster Boyd McDonald present a cheque in the amount of $35,000 to Melanie Kanerva, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.   These funds were raised at the Chip in for Charity Golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald which took place on August 3rd, 2017 at the Idylwylde Golf and Country Club. The monies will be placed towards the purchase of new mattresses for Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

Golf Tournament Winners

Tournament Champions 2017

Pat Laferriere, Jay Jewett, Trent Laferriere and Mike Castron

 

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.

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

VSGV thanks the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild for their time, kindness and creativity!

quilt donation

On Wednesday May 24th, 2017 the Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild donated 15 busy blankets to Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  The aprons provide meaningful engagement and purpose to residents with dementia.  Pictured above from left to right, Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

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La VSGV remercie les membres de la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild de leur temps, gentillesse et créativité!

Le mercredi 24 mai 2017, la Rayside Balfour Quilters Guild a fait un don de 15 couvertures et de divers tabliers à la Villa St. Gabriel Villa. Ces articles stimulent de façon significative les résidents ayant une démence. De gauche à droite : Claire Vincent-Viau, Diane Blais, Debbie Serafini, Claudette Lacasse.

 

2017-05-31T14:47:11+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards

May 2017

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VSGV Whitson Neighbourhood Staff

Whitewater hand hygiene

VSGV Whitewater Neighbourhood Staff

Congratulations to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitewater Neighbourhood staff who received the annual “Most Improved” and the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Whitson Neighbourhood staff who won the “Highest Overall” Hand Hygiene Infection Control Championship Awards for the St. Joseph’s Health Centre organizations this year.

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.

 

Find out about St. Joseph’s Health Centre!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre will be hosting a Board and standing committee recruitment meet and great!

We welcome all interested individuals to please come to find out more about St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliated organizations including:  St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

Meet and Greet

Date:  March 22, 2017

Time:  6:30pm to 7:30 pm

Location:  1140 South Bay Road, Sudbury – Boardroom (lower floor at the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Cenre)

For further information please contact Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison at 705-674-2846 ext. 2104.

We look forward to seeing you there!  All are welcome.

SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF SAULT STE. MARIE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

(February 2017, Sudbury, ON)  –  Festive gatherings of residents, patients, family members and staff award recipients and nominees were held in the month of February 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: Jennifer Gosselin, Social Worker (SJHC), Cyndi Cunningham, RPN (SJCCC), Hilary Grieve, Recreation Therapist (SJCCC), Vicki Guilbeault, Life Enrichment Assistant (SJV), Nicole Jarbeau, Registered Practical Nurse (SJV), Renee Lamoureux, Personal Care Assistant (SJV), Kristine Lapointe, Environmental Services Assistant (SJV), Shelby Barnes, Food Services Assistant (VSGV), Paulette Forget, Personal Care Assistant (VSGV), Maria-Luisa Obias, Environmental Services Assistant (VSGV) and Trevor Martel, Environmental Services Manager (VSGV).  A special award was presented to Dr. David Sivers for his many years of dedicated service and loyalty to the organization.

“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.

SJCCC group SJHC group SJV group VSGV group

Researcher looking at how plant therapy improves lives at St. Gabriel Villa

Sudbury.com article – February 1, 2017

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University of Guelph graduate student Karen Shlemkevich is pictured here with a coleus plant destined for her green wall. Photo courtesy of Karen Shlemkevich.

Karen Shlemkevich’s beloved Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t in this Sunday’s Super Bowl, having been thoroughly trounced in divisional finals by perennial favourites, the New England Patriots.

But for Shlemkevich, a hardcore football fan and graduate student in the University of Guelph’s School of Landscape Architecture, that may be a blessing in disguise.

It turns out she’ll be busy that night.

Planting flowers.

In a long-term care facility.

Near Sudbury.

It’s an unusual way for a football fanatic like Shlemkevich to spend Super Bowl Sunday. But she hopes it’s the start of something game changing, for long-term care residents everywhere.

Karen Shlemkevich and coleus plantUniversity of Guelph graduate student Karen Shlemkevich is pictured here with a coleus plant destined for her green wall. Photo courtesy of Karen Shlemkevich.

Shlemkevich and her academic supervisor, Prof. Nathan Perkins, are trying to understand if the presence of nature — plants, flowers and other greenery — can positively influence the eating habits and dining experience of residents in long-term care facilities.

Their research locale is St. Gabriel’s Villa, a 140-resident facility in Chelmsford. Some of the residents experience the same problems as those in other such facilities; that is, depression and poor nutrition.

Depression happens as a result of changes in body chemistry, isolation, medication and loss of friends and family, among other things.

When it occurs, appetite inevitably fall offs. And when residents don’t eat, they end up malnourished, despite the best efforts of staff.

The atmosphere in dining halls compound the problem. Residents see them as busier, noisier and less welcoming than their own homes. Such factors may result in residents eating faster and poorly, just to get back to their rooms. Or they may shun the dining hall altogether, and miss important social interactions that come with dining together.

Shlemkevich has seen these situations up close. Before entering graduate school, she worked for 10 years as a long-term care staffer. At St. Gabriel’s, she was a life enrichment assistant. She developed and ran activities for residents to encourage social interaction, physical activity and cognitive stimulation, including a horticulture therapy program, getting residents involved in planting and maintaining greenery.

For this research, Perkins is the ideal teammate. He’s worked on outdoor landscape design projects with several long-term care facilities, to promote a more welcoming and positive experience for residents. As well, he’s helped create calming indoor environments in psychiatric hospitals on three continents, and in places such as casinos, to counter overstimulation.

Together, he and Shlemkevich have the bases covered.

Now, their project is going from planning and approvals, to practice. For the past six months, Shlemkevich has been raising nearly 100 plants — ivy, coleus and spiderwort — in a makeshift greenhouse and spare bedroom in her house in Sudbury.

On Sunday, after dinner when residents return to their rooms, she’ll haul the plants into one of St. Gabriel’s dining halls, and incorporate them into what’s called a green wall.

This particular wall model is a free-standing, two-part structure on casters, about eight feet wide and five-and-a-half feet tall. It has pockets to hold the plants, where they can be watered and tended to. The wall will be a central and obvious feature in the dining hall.

For the next six weeks, Shlemkevich will work with St. Gabriel’s staff to monitor the food intake of 34 residents who normally eat in the particular hall. She’ll collect two meal’s worth of data for two weeks. Then she’ll compare consumption over that period to the two weeks before the green wall was introduced, and for two weeks after it’s removed.

She and Perkins are optimistic about the greenery project’s success.

“Nursing home residents typically don’t eat enough,” says Shlemkevich. “We hope this helps.”

2017-02-03T09:48:41+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

St. Joseph’s Foundation 2016 Gala – $100,000 raised!

2016 gala cheque presentation

From left to right (back):  Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa, Melanie Kanerva, Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator, St. Joseph’s Villa

(front):  Fred Labelle, Harriet Dempsey and Nancy Murray, residents at St. Joseph’s Villa

January 19, 2017 -Melanie Kanerva, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation and Jeanne Warwick-Conroy, Past Chair and Co-Chairs of the 2016 St. Joseph’s Gala present a cheque in the amount of $100,000 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator and Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The funds raised will be placed towards the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa.

St. Joseph’s Foundation hosted their Annual Gala dinner and dance on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Caruso Club in Sudbury.  The gala event was attended by over three hundred guests who indulged in wonderful food, and were treated to live music to dance the night away!    The elegant event created memories of an enchanting evening spent in the spirit of giving.

“Due to the generosity of the many sponsors, donors and attendees, this year’s event raised $100,000 which will go toward the purchase of new furnishings for St. Joseph’s Villa” noted Melanie Kanerva, St. Joseph’s Foundation Chair. “Our gratitude is sincerely extended to all those who gave of their time and money.”

St. Joseph’s Villa is a 128-beds long-term care home located on South Bay Road which opened in 2003 and has been home to hundreds of residents over the past 13 years.  “The current furnishings are worn and need to be replaced.  New furnishings will certainly enhance the home-like environment and ensure the safety of our residents” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator.

The Co-Chairs would like to thank everyone for their kind contributions and for spending an evening with them!  They look forward to seeing you at the next gala taking place on October 21, 2017!

St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury is a registered charity that promotes the good works of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  As a faith based non-profit Foundation, it provides services and programs that are not covered by government funding or operational revenues for St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa.  Donations can be made by going to the website https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-josephs-foundation-of-sudbury/ .