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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care News

National Volunteer Week April 18-24, 2021

It’s time to celebrate, recognize and thank our volunteers for the important
work that the do for our residents, patients and staff.

Thank you for all you do!

Regency Bakery and Doyle Dodge Partner Together to Donate To St. Joseph’s Foundation’s Caring Beyond Capital Campaign

Media Release:  April 2021

Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery and Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge present a cheque in the amount of $2,200 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator

Left to right: Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator St. Joseph’s Villa, Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge and Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery

Max Massimiliano, Regency Bakery and Anthony Rocca, Doyle Dodge present a cheque in the amount of $2,200 to Jo-Anne Palkovits, Administrator. Funds will be placed towards the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury’s Caring Beyond Capital Campaign for St. Joseph’s Villa.

Background:

In honour of the Feast of St. Joseph, which was celebrated on March 19, 2021, Regency Bakery in partnership with Doyle Dodge donated $1.00 from every Zeppole sold between March 13 to 20, 2021 to the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury.

The Feast of St. Joseph is observed by Christians in commemoration of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. Taking place during the period of Lent, a time of fasting, the holiday is traditionally a meatless feast in Europe.

Zeppoles are little fried dough balls that are coated in powdered sugar and filled with vanilla custard and amarena cherries – an Italian delight!

“We are grateful to Regency Bakery and to Doyle Dodge, who are celebrating their 100th year in Business in 2021, for this generous donation” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre.

COVID-19 Update from the CEO –April 15, 2021

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”  – Charles Darwin

The most recent projections released by the Ministry of Health on April 8, 2021, based on current COVID-19 inpatient census growth trends and Science Table modelling, puts the province on a path to have nearly 3000 COVID patients in hospital; and nearly 1000 in ICU by April 30, 2021, as this third wave continues.

COVID-19 has presented us all with many difficult situations and increased stress, which can impact our mental health. As health care workers, the fear of bringing COVID-19 to work or home is very real.  During this time, it can be difficult to find the positive answers to these fears.

This has led to a more general awareness of how closely our physical and mental health is connected. Good mental health is essential, so please remember to take care of your mental health in the same way you care for your physical health.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 confirmed positive cases – 6 residents, 8 staff and 1 caregiver.   All of these cases have now been resolved. 

Addition agency staffing from outside our catchment area continue to assist with the outbreak covering unfilled shifts.  We are grateful that our health system partners have stepped up to assist us during this stressful time.

I personally wish to thank all staff very much for your ongoing dedication and incredible efforts since the declaration of the outbreak. You have been rock stars in containing this outbreak!  Thank you.

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021.   At this time, there are 2 confirmed positive staff members on the line list who are isolating at home.

Rapid antigen testing continues as previously scheduled as well as PCR testing as per the outbreak protocol.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding additional precautions in place.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing is now only being completed every Tuesday – at SJCCC from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and at the Clarion from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  A COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition has been circulated that can be prepopulated and printed prior to visiting the swabbing clinic.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics.

Vigilance is a key to safety! Immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

Vaccines were delivered on April 9, 2021, to all patients at the SJCCC South Bay Road site and the Clarion site who were 60 years of age or older in line with the most recent communication for vaccine opportunities by Public Health for the Sudbury & District region.

I ask that you Please consider getting vaccinated.  It is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19. Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

Federal Update

As of April 15, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,087,152 of which 80,201 remain active.  To date there are 23,445 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 15, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 403,571 which is an increase of 4,736 – this includes 357,591 resolved cases and 7,639 reported deaths. To date 3,528,404 doses have been administered and 339,491 individuals are fully vaccinated.

A Provincial Stay-at-Home order was announced and went into effect on April 8, 2021.  This order and the provincial emergency shutdown order are in place for at least the next four weeks.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 215
  • 49,289 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 6,729 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Outbreaks in the PHSD Area

  • Jannatec Technologies
  • Glencore Fraser Mine
  • End of the Roll, Home & Haven Décor Studio Inc.
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Joseph’s Villa
  • Trillium College
  • Private outdoor gathering
  • HSN 6th floor, North Tower
  • Sudbury Developmental Services Holland Road Site
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Maslack Supply, Falconbridge location
  • Vale Limited Coleman Mine, Creighton Mine, Contractor, Administration building & underground mine site Garson Mine
  • Gabriel Villa

HSN is reporting 21 confirmed cases (6 ICU; 16 other units)

In Closing…

COVID has brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to ‘normality,’ trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the change we need to make.

However, the need to change exists.

And in the midst of these feelings, we are offered a chance to rethink what “normality” will mean to each of us in our personal lives, in our workplace lives and, in our community, on a go forward basis.

Please Take this stay-at-home order as a time to try to accept and plan what your future will look like.

As always, please Remember to continue to put on your safety layers – wear a mask, stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household, wash your hands and follow the rules and precautions for the Provincial stay at home order imposed.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO –April 6, 2021

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Today marks a momentous occasion as it is the first Anniversary of the SJCCC Clarion site.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for the Herculean efforts you have put into making the Clarion site such a tremendous success.

You have truly made it an extension of the SJCCC South Bay Road site as our patients are cared for with our same values of dignity, excellence, service and integrity.  Thank you and please keep up the great work you are doing.

Please take a few moments to celebrate with your colleagues and our patients.  I am so proud of you.  You are all rock stars!!

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on March 12, 2021.  Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at VSGV.  To date there are 11 confirmed positive cases – 6 residents, 8 staff and 1 caregiver.  Of these, there are 2 residents and 3 staff that remain on the line list and symptomatic.  We also lost two residents this past weekend.  I know that you join me in sending our prayers and thoughts of condolences to their family and friends.

PCR testing continues to occur at the facility every 4 days.  The testing will continue until the outbreak is over, as directed by Public Health.

The additional agency staff from outside our catchment area that were secured continue to assist with the outbreak.  We are grateful that our health system partners have stepped up to assist us during this stressful time.

I personally wish to thank all staff very much for your ongoing dedication and incredible efforts since the declaration of the outbreak.  We could not contain this outbreak without your assistance.

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021 following a resident rapid antigen testing positive when admitted to HSN.   All residents in all units have been swabbed and those residents deemed close contacts through contract tracing have been placed in isolation in Hillcrest.

Rapid antigen testing continues as previously scheduled. In addition, all staff are being PCR tested along with their regularly scheduled rapid antigen testing.  Essential caregivers will receive PCR testing as they enter the facility.  As more information becomes available it will be communicated.  Please see your email for additional communications regarding additional precautions in place.

Surveillance Swabbing

SJCCC and the Clarion site continue to swab weekly.  Surveillance swabbing information is provided via email to all staff.  A COVID-19 Virus Test Requisition has been circulated that can be prepopulated and printed prior to visiting the swabbing clinic.  Please ensure to check your email for the date and times of the swabbing clinics.

Vigilance is a key to safety! Immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection to your immediate supervisor.

Vaccines

On April 1, 2021, Sudbury & District Public Health announced that Sudbury moved to the provincial system for booking vaccines.  Individuals 70 and older within the community can now book online utilizing the provincial system.  To use the provincial online booking system, visit https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/

In addition, Sudbury & District Public Health released an Advisory Alert indicating that all health care workers, who have not yet been vaccinated, can now book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment without pre-registering. To book an appointment, please call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505). The call centre is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

A vaccine clinic was held at Villa St. Gabriel Villa on April 2, 2021 for the staff working at the site and resident caregivers.  Thank you to all those individuals who utilized this opportunity to get vaccinated.  Thank you also to the staff at Public Health Sudbury District for making this happen.

Please know that vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

Please consider getting vaccinated – is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19. Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

Federal Update

As of April 6, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,014,373 of which 58,673 remain active.  To date there are 23,118 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 6, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 367,602 which is an increase of 3,065 – this includes 333,576 resolved cases and 7,458 reported deaths. To date 2,545,640 doses have been administered and 322,197 individuals are fully vaccinated.

A Provincial Emergency Break was announced and went into effect on April 3, 2021.  The provincial shutdown is in place for at least four weeks.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 256
  • 32,449 individuals have received there first vaccine dose and there are 3,543 individuals fully vaccinated.

Health Facilities in outbreak:

  • St. Joseph’s Villa
  • Sudbury Developmental Services Holland Road Site (congregate living)
  • Health Sciences North (7B North Tower/6th floor North Tower)
  • YMCA Warming Centre, Samaritan Centre Resource Program and Homelessness Network Day Centre
  • Christian Horizons
  • St. Gabriel Villa

HSN is reporting 21 confirmed cases (9 ICU; 12 other unit)

In Closing…

You have chosen a career in healthcare – it reflects the value you hold for caring for others and is an indication of your compassion. When faced with the stresses of this pandemic, it is important to share that compassion with yourself and take a moment to appreciate how patients, residents, family members and co-workers benefit from the work you are doing.

As new clusters of new cases and outbreaks emerge in our community it is particularly concerning and requires all of us to continue to put our safety layers at the forefront of all we do – wear a mask, stay 2m away from anyone who is not in your household, wash your hands and follow the rules and precautions for the Provincial lockdown imposed.

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Please Remember…
Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion Site Celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary!

Good morning SJCCC staff

Today marks a momentous occasion as it is the first Anniversary of the SJCCC Clarion site. I would like to thank each and every one of you for the Herculean efforts you have put into making the Clarion site such a tremendous success. You have truly made it an extension of the SJCCC South Bay Road site as our patients are cared for with our same values of dignity, excellence, service and integrity. Thank you and please keep up the great work you are doing. Please take a few moments to celebrate with your colleagues and our patients. I am so proud of you. You are all rock stars!!

Media Release

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion Site Celebrates its 1 Year Anniversary!

(Sudbury) April 6, 2021 – Today marks the first anniversary of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion Hotel Transitional Hospital site.

In collaboration with Health Sciences North, Ontario Health North and in partnership with Laurentian University, College Boreal, and Cambrian College, who donated equipment and supplies, the Clarion Site opened to admissions.
In 2020, 30 beds were opened, to decant Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients from Health Sciences North (HSN) to SJCCC’s Clarion site in order to free up acute care beds at HSN for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients. In the weeks and months following, the Clarion site admitted its first 60 patients to the transitional hospital.

Since that time, 220 individuals have flowed through the Clarion Site. “I am deeply proud of how we have responded to this pandemic and how we have worked closely with our health system partners and government partners to contribute to a regional solution and make a difference to our patients in the Sudbury and District area” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO. “A huge amount of gratitude is also owed to all of our staff for their dedicated efforts in providing such great care to our patients during these uncertain times”.

The Clarion Hotel Transitional Hospital is slated to close by June 30, 2021. However, SJCCC in partnership with Autumnwood are working to push out the date to December 31, 2021 allowing both parties time to build on a new site.

SJCCC has been working with the Ministry of Health and has submitted a 72-bed expansion plan to be located at the Red Oaks Villa at 30 Ste. Anne Road in Sudbury. These hospital beds are desperately needed for the Sudbury and District area as Health Sciences North continues to run over capacity. The 60 Clarion beds, with an additional 12, would be re-located to this new site which is anticipated to be built and ready to accept patients by December 31, 2021 pending Ministry approval.

SJCCC’s 72 non-acute rehabilitative beds will allow for a reduction in Alternate Level of Care patients in acute care beds at HSN. A majority of these patients can benefit from the level of rehabilitative care provided by SJCCC. The expansion would provide the right level of care to an aging population whose needs are not currently being met and therefore leading to ALC designation, and in many cases, premature long-term care placement.

Background:
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury is the only rehabilitative care hospital in the North East.

SJCCC provides specialized care and services to adults requiring slow paced rehabilitative and / or supportive care to maximize their function. The goal is to work with these patients to transition them back to independent living, whether that is at home, a retirement residence or an assisted living environment.

Our focus is on functional rehabilitation, which encompasses participation in daily functional activities that are individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient. This may include participation in a daily exercise program, use of the therapeutic gym, therapy focused on restoring independence for basic care needs such as dressing and grooming, and / or use of the therapy amenities (e.g. stairs, kitchen, laundry) to enable independence with higher level tasks. Patients will receive customized discharge planning to ensure successful reintegration to the community.

April 6th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|