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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre will receive $210,000 in additional funding

Press Release from Glenn Thibeault, MPP Sudbury

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Health Sciences North to Get $5.8 Million Boost From Ontario Budget

Province to Increase Hospital Funding in Sudbury to Reduce Wait Times and Expand Services 

NEWS – May 5, 2017

This investment in Sudbury’s community hospital is part of the 2017 Budget. The proposed Budget will also deliver Sudbury’s St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre with more than $210,000 in additional funding.

These investments would provide Sudbury patients with improved access and reduced wait times for chemotherapy, stroke treatments, hip and knee replacements, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs) and other vital services and procedures.

Ontario is increasing access to care, reducing wait times and improving the patient experience through its Patients First Action Plan for Health Care and OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare – protecting health care today and into the future.

QUOTES

“These new investments will mean reduced wait times, better access to more procedures, and an improved experience for patients in Sudbury. This is a good budget for our community, and I will continue to be a strong advocate to ensure Sudbury has access to the highest quality healthcare.”
— Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury

“By increasing our investment to each and every publicly funded hospital in Ontario, patients will be able to connect with specialists faster, have reduced wait times and better access to the procedures they need close to home.”

— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“The North East LHIN works diligently with all of our 25 hospital to improve access  to care and reduce wait times. This new investment will benefit Northerners by strengthening access to vital services. This is good news for our entire North East region.”

— Louise Paquette, CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

“This funding will help alleviate the pressures we are facing here at HSN, which are common to hospitals across Ontario. We know we still have a lot of work ahead of us, but this funding is a step toward improving patient care in Greater Sudbury.”
— Nicole Everest, Chair, Board of Directors, Health Sciences North
“St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is thankful for the funding announcement as it will allow us to continue our programs which serve as a medical intervention for vulnerable patients, particularly the frail elderly that allows them to return to the community and avoid Alternative Level of Care designation and long-term care placement.”

—Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

QUICK FACTS

  • Each of Ontario’s 141 public hospitals will receive at least a 2 per cent increase to its base funding in 2017–18.
  • This investment will also support service delivery by hospitals in high-growth communities, as well as small, medium, northern and rural hospitals, and mental health and stand-alone paediatric hospitals.
  • Hospital operating funding in Ontario has increased more than 58 per cent, from $11.3 billion in 2003 to $18 billion this year.
  • In 2016, the province announced an investment of up to $4.6 million to support an expansion of Health Sciences North to allow for the installation of a PET-CT scanner. This is in addition to the $1.6 million the province has committed to cover the scanner’s annual operating costs.
  • Ontario’s health care budget will total $53.8 billion in 2017–18 — a 3.8 per cent increase from the previous year.
  • The province also plans to invest an additional $9 billion over 10 years in capital grants to hospitals to build modern infrastructure. About 34 hospital projects are now underway across the province.

LEARN MORE

 2017 Ontario Budget

Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care

For more information contact Brian Band, Director of Communications, Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, (705) 675-1914 or bband@liberal.ola.org

2017-10-26T20:48:30+00:00 May 8th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

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

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April 26, 2017 – 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. Because of their involvement, they allow us to be a more effective workplace and home to many.  Their value is priceless – the richness they bring to our working environment is truly immeasurable.   And for this… we thank them!

2017-10-26T23:51:47+00:00 April 27th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News|

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Education Bursary Program –  3 Recipients Awarded $1,000 bursaries!

Press Release

 

 

April 24, 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:

Dupuis Dominique - PCA French

Dominique Dupuis – employee at St. Joseph’s Villa

Abeyratne Kapila - RPN

Kapila Abeyratne – employee at St. Joseph’s Villa

Gervais Kari - VP Clinical Services

Kari Gervais – employee at St. Joseph’s Health Centre

 

Congratulations to our recipients! Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.

 

2017-05-25T07:49:09+00:00 April 25th, 2017|St. Joseph's Health Centre News|

Job Posting: Geriatrician

Looking for an exciting career opportunity? Come work at a hospital where you can make a difference, working with an interdisciplinary team and building a geriatric rehabilitation program to service the frail elderly in our community.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury is a 64-bed rehabilitative care facility that has transitioned over 2000 people back to home or community since it opened in 2009, with an average patient age of 81 years.  We are in the process of expanding our medical service to include a fully functional geriatric rehabilitation unit.  The scope of practice for the Geriatrician will include the diagnosis, treatment, health promotion and prevention of disease and disability in elderly population ranging.  The Geriatrician will deal with health problems that frequently affect older adults, such as pain, falls, memory loss, incontinence and medication side effects, as well as evaluating elderly patients’ ability for self-care.

This attractive opportunity offers the following incentives:

  • Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre already has a Geriatric Rehabilitation Unit (GRU), which requires the influence of a Geriatrician to achieve its full potential.
  • There is a full-time Geriatric Assessor on site assigned to the team of the Geriatrician.
  • There is a fully functioning interdisciplinary team already in place, consisting of Physicians, RNs, RPNs, Consultant Geriatric Pharmacist, OTs, PTs, Dietitian, Social Worker, Chaplain, and Recreational Therapy.
  • Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre has established close working relationships with the two Geriatricians in the community (at Health Sciences North and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre)
  • Positive work-life balance with no on-call responsibilities, and flexibility in your work schedule.
  • Guaranteed salary in AFP

Additional opportunities include the possibility of faculty appointment at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).  Health Sciences North (HSN) and North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NE SGC) are teaching affiliates and there is an opportunity to supervise medical trainees, and actively participate in the ongoing development and supervision of trainees in the Family Medicine PGY3 year of Enhanced Skills in Care of the Elderly.  Research opportunities are also available with HSN’s affiliated research, HSNRI and NOSM.

Interested applicants must possess the following qualifications:

  • Must have completed their specialist training in geriatric medicine and/or internal medicine with experience in Geriatric Care.
  • Possess or be eligible for membership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and/or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, in good standing
  • Proficiency in the English language. Proficiency in French would be considered an asset.

Set in a recreational paradise, Sudbury is known for its exceptional quality of life, crystal clear lakes, parklands, scenic attractions and magnificent wilderness surroundings. With 330 lakes, world-renowned attractions, urban comforts and four-season outdoor adventures, Greater Sudbury will impress the outdoor enthusiasts to the leisure seekers.  Sudbury has something for everyone. Sudbury is a bilingual community, and offers a variety of excellent elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education institutions.  Home of Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction and an educational resource for children and adults across the province, Science North maintains the second and eighth largest science centres in Canada.  Science North, featuring an IMAX® theatre, digital Planetarium, butterfly gallery and Special Exhibits Hall, and Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel, an earth sciences centre.

If you are currently practicing or within one year of graduating, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre would cover travel and accommodation expenses for both you and your spouse to come and explore this practice opportunity and the City of Greater Sudbury.  Relocation assistance is also available to the successful candidate.  Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae to the Chief of Staff, Dr. Maurice St. Martin, by e-mail to mcarrier@sjsudbury.com   or by fax to 705-674-9550.  All qualified individuals will be contacted.

2017-04-13T13:45:44+00:00 April 13th, 2017|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

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.

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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/ .

 

Tim Horton’s Chelmsford celebrates Villa St. Gabriel Villa’s residents and staff

Tim Horton at VSGV January 2017

January 17, 2017 – The owners of the Tim Horton’s Chelmsford location, Randy and Kelly Annett, showed their appreciation to residents and staff at Villa St. Gabriel Villa by going resident-room to resident-room and office to office serving free coffee.  This kind gesture was truly appreciated by all.  Thank you Tim Horton’s Chelmsford!

2017-01-18T16:58:37+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|