Staff Vaccination Incentive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre – It’s Win – Win!

Media Release:  September 2021

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 and Laura Ross

Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Laura Ross

Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli

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.”

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais

Carli Desrochie & Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria Staff Vaccination Incentive

Kari Gervais & Aseem Khajuria

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!

Tanya Gil-Alfau
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (SSJSSM) Awards–2021-Continuing Care Clarion Hotel

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.

2021-09-07T12:19:55-05:00September 7th, 2021|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (SSJSSM) Awards–2021- St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

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.

2021-09-07T12:17:53-05:00September 7th, 2021|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

70th Wedding Anniversary celebrated at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

Media Release:  August 25, 2021

Bud and Eila Hanna
Bud and Eila Hanna Anniversary

Bud and Eila Hanna celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on August 25, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury surrounded by family, friends and staff.  Happy Anniversary!

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (SJCCC) is a 64-bed class E and class G hospital that opened on June 1, 2009, as the first stand-alone continuing care facility in the North-East.  SJCCC provides specialized care and services to adults requiring slow paced rehabilitative care and / or supportive care to maximize their function.  The goal is to work with these patients to transition them back to independent living.

Information:      Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison

705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2021-08-26T14:48:23-05:00August 26th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, St. Joseph’s CCC News|

Honouring the Ashcroft Family for their contributions to St. Joseph’s Health Centre

Media Release:  July 26, 2021

Honouring the Ashcroft Family

Left to right: Margaret Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Chair – St. Joseph’s Foundation
Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO – St. Joseph’s Health Centre

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jim and Margaret Ashcroft and their family for their many contributions to the organization over the past decades.

“Today is a very special day for St. Joseph’s Villa. It is a day to say thank you to Margaret and Jim Ashcroft and their family for their on-going collective generosity over the years to St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and the previous Sudbury General Hospital and to honour the memory and legacy of Jim Ashcroft” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator.

In a small and physically distanced ceremony which was held at St. Joseph’s Villa, Margaret Ashcroft was surrounded by her sons, Mark, Brendan and Andrew, along with their families to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Ashcrofts have been long-time supporters of St. Joseph’s.  Jim Ashcroft was a St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board member from 1987 to 1989. He was also an integral member of the Board’s Building and Property Committee as well as a member of the St. Joseph’s Foundation from 2000 to 2010.

Margaret Ashcroft was as a Board member on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors from 1994 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2013.  In that time, she served as Board Chair from 2001 to 2005.  Margaret also joined the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board in 2005 and remains a dedicated member to this very day.

Jim and Margaret Ashcroft were not the only family members to support St. Joseph’s.  Their son, Mark Ashcroft, is working on the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds for St. Joseph’s Villa.  Over the past several months, Mark Ashcroft has secured over $500,000 in donations towards this campaign.

“Over the past several decades the Ashcroft family were not only dedicated volunteers, they were and continue to be true ambassadors and devotees who donated over $200,000 to the St. Joseph’s family.

In honour of their generosity, the St. Joseph’s Villa Healing Garden was named The Jim Ashcroft Family Healing Garden.

The healing garden promotes activities, encourage interactions, and provides enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, volunteers friends and staff of St. Joseph’s Villa.  The health effects and benefits of this healing garden serve to enhance the quality of life for all, and for this, we are truly thankful.

Left to right front row: Margaret Ashcroft, Sr. Bonnie McLellan, General Superior – Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Jonah, Mallory, Sloane, Evie, Mark Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Jo-Anne Palkovits. Back row: Andrew, Annie, Jake, Jennifer and Brendan Ashcroft

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Board Liaison
705-674-2846 ext. 2014

SJCCC Covid Update

With the Province moving into Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan on Friday July 16th comes significant changes that will impact some of our facility protocols that have been implemented.

The new directive changes include the following:

  • Rapid Antigen Testing is no longer required for asymptomatic, fully immunized individuals (staff, visitor, or otherwise).
    • A person is considered fully immunized if they have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry.
    • Proof of full immunization (both doses) must be provided before entry into the facility. People can prove they are fully immunized by showing the physical or emailed receipt that was provided to them at the time of vaccination. Vaccination receipts can also be downloaded or printed through the Provincial Portal at
  • For all those requiring Rapid Antigen testing, the frequency for testing has now changed to every 3 days. However, we still will accept a proof of a Negative PCR every 7 days if you are unable to attend a clinic.
  • All individuals entering the facility ages 2 and up must follow the testing requirements. Parental consent is required for minors (individuals under 18 years of age) that undergo testing. If consent is not given and/or testing is refused, the individual is not permitted to enter the home.
  • Outdoor visits will still be available for those visitors who do not wish to receive a Rapid Antigen Test. Outdoor visits with greater than four visitors need to be coordinated ahead of time to ensure the proper setting is available for larger groups
  • Essential Care Partners do not need to schedule their visits. A maximum of two Essential Care Partners  may visit indoors at one time
  • General visitors must still coordinate their visits through our Lobby Deputies.
    • Main Site: 705-674-2846 ext.2572
    • Clarion: 705-280-7052 or 705-806-0390 ext. 301 or 401
    • Main site can accommodate 2 general visitors indoors at one time. However due to physical restraints, the Clarion can only accommodate 1 general visitor indoors at one time.
  • Active screening is still in place for all who enter the facility and for those visitors taking part in outdoor visits.
  • Eye protection is no longer required to be worn by visitors or staff unless in a room that is isolated under droplet precautions.
  • Universal masking is still in place for all people entering the facility and for the duration of indoor and outdoor visits by visitors.
  • Requirements contingent upon facilities immunization coverage rates of 85% patients and 70% staff fully immunized have been removed
  • As long as the facility is not in outbreak, and a patient is not symptomatic or on isolation protocol, all absences/LOA are permitted from the facility, regardless of immunization status and they may leave the home for temporary absences, which includes absences that involve two or more days and one or more nights for non-medical reasons. Prior approval by the facility is required for multiple day and overnight absences.
    • For fully immunized patients being absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must have a PCR test upon their return and isolated until a negative test result is received
    • For patients who are not immunized or partially immunized, and are absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must be isolated for 10 days upon their return, with a PCR test conducted upon return to facility and on day 8 after return to the facility.
    • The Facility will provide a medical mask to the patient (as tolerated) and remind them to follow public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, while they are away from the facility. With this in mind, patients should wear medical masks (as tolerated) and follow public health measures during an absence.
  • Recreational Therapy off-site excursions for patients, regardless of immunization level, may resume.
  • Activities involving singing and dancing may resume within the facility.
  • Patients will be monitored for symptoms once daily
  • Although the return to communal dining for patients has been permitted with these new Directives, the facility will not be changing the current dining model as of yet. We will be taking a more gradual and cautious approach to returning to communal dining over the next few weeks or so.

These steps forward will be very beneficial for patients, families, and staff alike. Although our COVID case numbers have decreased dramatically both provincially and locally, we must still ensure we do our best to keep our patients safe and healthy. Please adhere to all of the recommended measures for public health and safety when in the community including wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, and respecting guidelines for social gatherings.

Thanks again for all that you do for those staying and working at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, and enjoy your summer.

Highlights from St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Special Annual Meeting June 24, 2021

Media Release: June 2021

Who We Are

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 long term care home and St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital which 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. Moreover, in April 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Joseph’s Health Centre opened 60 hospital beds at the Clarion Hotel site in downtown Sudbury to help decant Alternate Level of Care and rehabilitation patients from Health Sciences North to ensure ample COVID-19 beds were available in the system.

Our administrative team supports all four facilities and manages clinical, operational, financial and planning services.  We are a faith-based organization guided by our core values of Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence with a focus on a culture of caring.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury held its Special Annual Meeting on June 24, 2021. Highlights included:

  • Small surpluses at each of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St.  Gabriel Villa
  • St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre opened the Clarion hotel site in April 2020 which introduced 60 new rehabilitation beds to the Sudbury Community
  • Surveys indicated that both staff and patient/resident satisfaction results went up from the year prior.
  • March 28th 2021 marked the 10th anniversary of VSGV
  • Virtually launched the Caring Beyond Capital Fundraising Campaign.  To date $3.2 of the $4.2 M has been raised.
  • Launched a 50/50 campaign.  Please go to to purchase tickets
  • Celebrated the Sisters of St. Joseph’s of Sault Ste. Marie Awards of Excellence recognizing those individuals who engage and empower our people in meaningful ways and nurture a culture where every voice is heard.

This year’s recipients are as follows:

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre

    • Dr. Mike Aniol
    • Alison Antonio
    • Linda Masse
    • Lyn Garnett
    • Cailin Jones

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

    • Monique Brown
    • Chase Coutu

St. Joseph’s Villa

    • Renee Bosse
    • Donna Desormeaux
    • Laurie Frank
    • Alicia Prediger

Villa St. Gabriel Villa

    • Rebecca Aubrey
    • Crystal Jonasson
    • David Long
    • Josee Park
  • Approved a new Board Chair, Daniel Sirois.  Mr. Sirois is a partner with the law firm Weaver Simmons LLP.  Mr. Sirois was born and raised in Sudbury.  His practice includes commercial and civil litigation and construction law.  M. Sirois practices law in both official languages.  He has served on numerous Boards in the community over the past years and many of them in the role as President.  We are pleased to have him on the Board.

Daniel SiriosDaniel Sirois, Board Chair

  • Welcomed new Board member Mia Bourque, who identifies as a member of the Indigenous community.
  • Thanked past Board members Aaron St. Pierre and Laura Freeman for their years of service.  We wish them well in the future.

Comments from André Durette, Past Chair

“For many of us, the COVID-19 global pandemic has tested our strength and our resilience in ways we could not anticipate.  During this turbulent time there were days where the challenges ahead seemed overwhelming.  But there were others where we saw the light and were able to celebrate small victories.  The pandemic is unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime.  The situation continues to evolve and with every change, our teams at each site have risen to the challenge, reassessing our efforts, strategizing and retooling our approaches.  Through all of it, our senior and front-line teams-clinical and non-clinical-have risen to the challenge with service, integrity, dignity and excellence.  Because of them, we have been prepared to care for our patients and residents now and in the coming months.  For this, we cannot thank them enough.  They are all true rock stars“ stated André Durette, Chair.

Comments from Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO

“For the past 12 months our team has invested most of its time into embracing and navigating our new way of doing business suited to the St. Joe’s way.  We were forced to modify instantly our habits and discover a new norm for work and living.  It has been a roller coaster and has affected the lives of everyone.  Despite following ALL COVID-19 measures we did lose 3 residents to this disease.  This was devastating for everyone.  But through this collective experience we continue to discover new strength.  Our values are shining through in beautiful ways.  None of the accomplishments of the past year would be possible without the passion and dedication of our incredible staff, physicians, nurses, allied health professional, learners, volunteers and our St. Joseph’s Auxiliary and St. josephs’ Foundation.  I would like to acknowledge the strength in our team.  Each member works tirelessly, harnessing all their energy and skills to meet the needs of our patients and residents.  Thank you to all our staff for their courage, their strength, their excellence and their professionalism.  You continue to go above and beyond. There is no way to describe this level of selfless giving other than exceptional.  You are all healthcare heroes-our Rock Stars!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO

Finally, Jo-Anne Palkovits announced her retirement effective January 1st, 2022 after more than 20 years of dedicated years to the St. Joseph’s organizations.  During her tenure the organization grew from 5 to almost 1000 employees as a result of building three new entities- St. Joseph’s Villa (opened in 2003), St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (opened in 2009), and Villa St. Gabriel Villa (opened in 2011).  All buildings were built on budget and on time.  Most recently she worked with community partners to open 60 additional hospital beds at the Clarion site during the COVID-10 pandemic.  She is hopeful these will be turned into permanent beds at another site in the coming months.  Recruitment for a new CEO has already been started through a Search Committee of the Board of Directors.

Jo-Anne Palkovitz 2020 Headshot

Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO
St. Joseph’s Health Centre

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

St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury Launches its 50/50 Campaign for Compassionate Care

50 50 Draw Logo

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!

YOU can buy YOUR tickets via our secure portal at

Thank you from the entire St. Joseph’s family!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 22, 2021

“The relaxation of isolation rules doesn’t mean the pandemic is over.  It means they currently have room for you in the ICU.  Make good choices.”– Wendy Owens Abbott

National Idigenous Peoples DayYesterday, June 21, 2021, Canada celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day!  This was the national 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also   known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

Traditionally, the Indigenous people have held celebrations on the summer solstice, and that’s why June 21 was chosen to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

Internal Updates

We are not reporting any COVID-19 outbreaks at any of our facilities.
Congratulations to all!!!!

Surveillance Swabbing


Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers upon entry occur each day.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.


Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for all staff at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site runs every day upon entry.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.
SJCCC/Clarion site is following protocol which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.


The final day to submit to the 1st vaccine early bird draw is June 29, 2021.   The draw will take place on June 30, 2021.
If you will miss the early bird draw date you are still eligible to participate in the August 31st, 2021, Big Draw for all staff who provide proof of being fully vaccinated by August 27th   

Look for the “Why should you get your Covid-19 vaccine?” posters for the list of prizes being offered.
Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Book online or call:

  • Main line: call 705.674.2299 (toll-free: 1.800.708.2505), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Alternate line: call 1.844.782.2273, between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

We encourage all staff to please book your appointment to receive your vaccine.

Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on upcoming clinics and pharmacies that are participating in providing vaccinations in our area.

What are the benefits of being fully vaccinated?

As per the COVID-19 Fully Vaccinated Individuals: Case, Contact and Outbreak Management Interim Guidance document (dated May 6, 2021):

Fully Vaccinated definition: an individual ≥14 days after receiving their second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.

The following guidance applies:

  • Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures are not required to self-isolate at home or in the community.
  • Asymptomatic individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures still need to be tested in accordance with the Provincial Testing Guidance.
  • Household members of individuals who are fully vaccinated with high-risk exposures are not required to “stay at home except for essential reasons.”
  • Fully vaccinated individuals who are household members of a symptomatic person are not required to stay at home until the symptomatic individual tests negative.
  • In the event that the PHU has information about the VOC testing results that the fully vaccinated individual was exposed to the individual will still need to self-isolate at the discretion of the local public health unit.

These are five great reasons to get vaccinated!

Federal Update

As of June 22, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,409,607 of which 11,029 remain active.  To date there are 26,087 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 22, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 542,764 which is an increase of 296 – this includes 530,434 resolved cases and 9,082 reported deaths. Total Active Cases in Ontario 3,454.

To date 12,869,310 doses have been administered and 3,145,372 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 28 active cases
  • 121,845 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 37,183 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 3 confirmed cases (2 ICU; 1 on another unit)

In Closing…

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents, your co-workers and yourselves safe.
Remember, by adhering to the Provincial guidelines, we can ensure that the province will move to Step Two which we hope will be July 2nd, 2021.
Thank you for continuing to stay the course and for being Rock Stars!

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Media Release:  June 15, 2021

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15 – attempts to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders around the world.  In June each year, Ontario celebrates seniors and recognizes the contributions they make to our communities.  As part of our senior’s month celebrations St. Joseph’s Health Centre is participating in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. It also seeks to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, and brings together senior citizens, and their caregivers, national and local government, academics, and the private sector to exchange ideas about how best to reduce incidents of violence towards elders, increase reporting of such abuse, and to develop elder friendly policies. Estimates indicate that by 2050, the global population of people above the age of 60 will exceed the number of younger people.

In recognition, staff at each of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Long Term Care Homes, namely, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa joined together and wore “purple” to encourage attention and bring awareness to this issue.

VSGV Staff

Villa St.  Gabriel Villa Staff