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COVID-19-related outbreak declared in Sudbury long-term care home

Issued: Sunday, April 19, 2020

Today, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Heath Centre confirmed that an outbreak has been declared at St. Joseph’s Villa long-term care home in Sudbury. Ministry direction requires a COVID-19 outbreak be declared with a single laboratory confirmed case in a resident or staff member. In this case, one staff member tested positive and is under active follow up with Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

“St. Joseph’s Villa is working closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to ensure all measures are in place to protect staff and residents. We want to assure staff, patients, and families that the risk of infection in our facilities remains low,” said Ms. Palkovits. “None of the residents who were in contact with this employee is symptomatic and all are being tested. Residents continue to be isolated in their individual room. We are relieved to hear our staff member is no longer experiencing symptoms and is safely self-isolating at home,” said Ms. Palkovits.

“This is the first instance of a confirmed COVID-19 case being linked to a long-term care or retirement home in Public Health Sudbury & Districts’ service area,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Medical Officer of Health with Public Health Sudbury & Districts. “There are no cases among residents in the Villa,” added Dr. Sutcliffe

“With the declaration of an outbreak, additional control measures are put in place and overseen by an outbreak control team. In this instance, this includes the priority testing of identified residents and staff members, in addition to the already stringent COVID-19 protection action in place as required by provincial orders and guidance,” said Dr. Sutcliffe.

Actions taken to date

As the facility cares for a high-risk population, St. Joseph’s Health Care has proactive policies and evidence-based practices in place to prevent any potential spread of infection. As part of precautionary measures with any respiratory outbreak in a long-term care home, all residents all residents are in isolation, in their own rooms, until further notice.

  • All St-Joseph’s Villa residents are being tested for COVID-19.
  • All St-Joseph’s Villa staff who were in close contact of the case are being tested for COVID-19.
  • All admissions to St. Joseph’s Villa have been put on hold.
  • Visitor restrictions have been in effect since the beginning of March.
  • Staff and residents are practising physical distancing within the home.
  • Staff screening occurs at the beginning and end of shifts, including temperature checks and all staff and essential visitors wear masks.
  • Residents are being assessed three times a day for symptoms of COVID-19. This includes temperature checks.

Case management and contact tracing

When Public Health Sudbury & Districts receives a report of a positive COVID-19 test result, staff follow-up with the individual as soon as possible. Public health professionals discuss the test results with the individual and explore possible exposure settings as well as close contacts of the case.

At the same time that Public Health conducts follow-up with confirmed cases, staff also begin the process of contact tracing. Through this process, Public Health identifies people who may have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 during the period of time when the person may have been infectious.

The purpose of identifying contacts is to further reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Close contacts are advised of important direction such as testing, self-monitoring, work-related direction, or self-isolation, depending on the specific circumstances.

If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate, then contact an assessment centre or use the online self- assessment tool to see if you need to seek further care.

For more information on how Public Health conducts follow-up after a positive test result, self- isolation, self-assessment, and assessment centres visit phsd.ca/COVID-19 or call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).

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Media Contacts:
Public Health Sudbury & Districts
Communications
705.522.9200, ext. 484 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200)
St. Joseph’s Villa of Sudbury Tanya Gil-Alfau 705.662.7500, ext 2104

2020-04-19T17:54:40-05:00April 19th, 2020|COVID-19 News, St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Filles D’Isabelle Cercle D’Youville 1377 Make a Donation to VSGV

Media Release:  December 16, 2019

Left to right: Elianna Desbois, resident, Rita Roy-Thibeault, Suzanne Aubin, Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator, Cyril Belanger, Rolande Berthiaume, Hermance DeLafontaine, Patricia Pelto, Carmen Labine, Jacques Trottier

The Filles D’Isabelle Cercle D’Youville 1377 members present a cheque in the amount of  $1000.00 to Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator. Funds will be placed towards Villa St. Gabriel Villa.

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / Board Liaison 705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2020-04-30T14:35:59-05:00December 16th, 2019|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Celebrating Halloween at St. Joseph’s Villa

Media Release:  Nov 19, 2019

Who wants to do the Monster Mash on Halloween when you can Mummify a Manager at St. Joseph’s Villa! October 31st brought out all the ghosts and goblins and four very brave members of the administration team who allowed themselves to be toilette papered from head to toe to see which team of front-line staff and residents could create the best Mummy. All teams put in a great effort, however after the residents weighed in with the “applause metre” the team who dressed up Lynn Munari, Director of Care at St. Joseph’s Villa took first prize. It was a joyful afternoon with lots of laughs that created a real sense of comradery as all staff and residents came together to celebrate the day.

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / Board Liaison 705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2020-04-30T14:28:17-05:00November 19th, 2019|St. Joseph’s Villa News|

Cycling without Age at Villa St Gabriel Villa

VSGV Residents Riding in Bike
VSGV Residents enjoying a bike ride
VSGV Residents enjoying a bike ride

Residents celebrate the first day of summer with a leisurely bike ride

What a better way to celebrate the first day of summer than to go for a leisurely bike ride! Thanks to the 2018 Chip in for Charity golf tournament sponsored by Schuster Boyd McDonald and the planning efforts of the Life Enrichment Department, eight lucky residents of St. Gabriel Villa were able to “feel the wind through their hair” as St. Joseph’s Health Centre launched the Cycling Without Age Program on June 21st in Chelmsford. Cycling Without Age is a movement that started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Denmark. Mr. Kassow wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but first had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw bike and with his first bicycle purchase he was able to start offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents in Copenhagen. Since that time the program has expanded into over forty countries worldwide. Villa St. Gabriel Villa and St. Joseph’s Villa are the first long-term care facilities in Sudbury to offer this unique program with the plan to extend the program to St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

Cycling Without Age promotes accessibility and overcoming barriers; reconnecting residents and patients with nature and their communities. The program also provides opportunity to develop new intergenerational friendships between drivers (referred to as “pilots”) and the passengers. Families will also have the opportunity to ride with their loved one as the program progresses.

Villa St. Gabriel Villa as well as St. Joseph’s Villa received a grant from Canada Summer Jobs to hire a summer student to drive the bike in its first year. Other Cycling Without Age chapters depend on volunteer drivers to sustain the program. Both Villas will be looking to develop this unique volunteer role in the years to come. All interested parties are encouraged to speak to any member of the Life Enrichment Department to express interest in becoming a pilot.

The community of Chelmsford warmly welcomed their new bike riders with an abundance of friendly hand waves and horn honks from passing motorists. It was truly a day to remember and reinforced that life unfolds at all ages and that it is never too late to pursue a new adventure!

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre 10 Year Anniversary

SJCCC 10 year Anniversary
Left to right (Back): Bishop Marcel Damphousse, Jamie West, MPP, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, Paul
Marleau, SJCCC Board Chair, France Gélinas, MPP Nickel Belt
Left to right (Front): Sr. Bonnie Chesser, Shirley Newell, former patient, Nancy McDow

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Celebrates 10 Years of Caring…Beyond the Moment!
(Sudbury) –May 31, 2019
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury (SJCCC) celebrated its 10th year anniversary on May 31, 2019. In honour of this momentous occasion, dignitaries, patients, family members, staff and volunteers attended a special celebratory event held today.
His Excellency Most Reverend Marcel Damphousse of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie provided a special blessing in recognition of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s 10th anniversary. A host of dignitaries and special guests including: Frances Gélinas, MPP for Nickel Belt, Jamie West, MPP Sudbury and Paul Marleau, Chair, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre along with current and former Board members, community partners and supporters were present.
Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO took the opportunity to thank those in attendance and provided the history of how the SJCCC came to be. In speaking to the future she indicated that “we are growing St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. With the support and collaboration from Health Sciences North (HSN), we will be submitting a capital planning proposal to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in June to allow for a 72 bed expansion. The most recent data shows that 24% of the patients at HSN who are designated Alternate Level of Care or ALC are waiting for rehab at the SJCCC. In addition, there are people waiting for rehab in the community and in our neighbouring hospitals. These new beds are desperately needed by our local health care system to ensure residents of the City of Greater Sudbury are able to return to independent living in the community and avoid admission to our acute hospital HSN.”
Since its opening on June 1, 2009, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has had many milestones and highlights.
Paul Marleau, Chair of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Board of Directors stated, “We are tremendously proud to be able to celebrate SJCCC’s 10th anniversary with you. Ten years ago, the much anticipated opening of this new 64-bed state of the art complex continuing care facility became a reality. Since that time, over 3000 patients have transitioned through these hospital doors. The majority of individuals are those who otherwise would most likely have continued to stay at Health Sciences North but who are now in a more appropriate setting including either at home, retirement living or long-term care.

2019-08-28T22:01:28-05:00June 2nd, 2019|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

2019 Hand Hygiene at VSGV

VSGV Staff 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.

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.

2019 Hand Hygiene – SJCCC

SJCCC Staff 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.
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2019-08-31T15:09:34-05:00May 31st, 2019|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

National Volunteers Week

Villa St Gabriel Villa Volunteers

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!

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!