Kari Gervais announced as new President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury

Media Release:  December 17, 2021

Kari Gervais

The St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kari Gervais to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 31, 2022.

Ms. Gervais was selected following an extensive national search conducted by Mirams Becker, a healthcare executive search firm.  Ms. Gervais is an accomplished executive who for the past 14 years held the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer for St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Site Administrator of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

Daniel Sirois, Chair of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors said, “Ms. Gervais has been an integral part of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre senior management team. The Board is confident that Ms. Gervais has the right leadership qualities to lead the organization through a time of growth while building on the legacy and achievements of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Ms. Gervais’s extensive clinical background combined with her value-based leadership style makes her a natural fit for the organization.  I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms. Gervais on her appointment as President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and look forward to working with her to continue to provide quality care to the residents and patients.”

With more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience, Ms. Gervais has an unwavering commitment to quality care with a reputation for achieving results and inspiring others.

“I feel a strong personal alignment with the organizational values of Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence which will continue to guide my work and I look forward to serving St. Joseph’s Health Centre not only as President and CEO but as Mission Leader as well” stated Ms. Gervais.

Gervais holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing with a sub-specialty in Gerontology from Laurentian University,  a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University, an Administrator’s Leadership Certificate from the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and is a member in good standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, the College of Nurses of Ontario, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.


Background:
St. Joseph’s Health Centre is not for profit organization which oversees the operation St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital located on South Bay Road and a 32-bed hospital at the Clarion Hotel site located downtown Sudbury.  St. Joseph’s Health Centre also oversees the operation of St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa, two 128-bed long-term care homes, located on South Bay Road in Sudbury and Reginal Road 15 in Chelmsford, respectively.

Information:    Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison    tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com

Celebrating a milestone at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion Hotel Transitional Hospital Site

Media Release:  December 2, 2021

85 year-old Jacqueline Lynch

Celebrating a milestone!  On December 2, 2021, 85 year-old Jacqueline Lynch had the honour of being the 500th patient discharged from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion site.  After working closely with the rehab team at the Clarion for the past 8 weeks, Jacqueline is returning to her home in the community.  Jacqueline says she is looking forward to her own bed, the peace of her own home, but most of all, her son’s cooking!

Congratulations Jacqueline!

Background:
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury (SJCCC) is the only rehabilitative care hospital in the North East. On April 6, 2020, SJCCC expanded its operation to include 60 additional beds in an alternate health facility located at the Clarion hotel. These beds are serving a rehabilitation population in order to free up acute care beds at HSN for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.
SJCCC, including the 60 beds at the Clarion site, provides specialized care and services to adults requiring slow paced rehabilitative care to maximize their function. The goal is to work with these patients to restore function and transition them back to independent living in the community.

Information:
Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com

2021-12-02T16:10:26-05:00December 2nd, 2021|St. Joseph’s CCC News|

The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree

This is a Spiritual and Religious Care Dept. initiative on behalf of SJHC, encouraging anyone involved with the organization to give to our community at this time of year.

This year we will be able to give in two different ways:

1. The Giving Tree will be in the Town Square/Lobby as of Thursday November 25th and will once again, be prepared with tags that you may take to purchase the chosen item(s) and return to the boxes under the tree. The Deadline to bring in your item is Thursday, December 16th at noon, at which time we will deliver to the two charities. This deadline will give the charities plenty of time to sort and give to the appropriate individuals and families before Christmas.

2. This Virtual Giving Tree on our website. You will be able to give a financial donation – designating which site you want the donation to go to: SJV, CCC or VSGV. The money gathered at each site will then be given to one of our designees to assist them in providing Christmas for those in need. The money gathered for each organization will go to the designees as described below.

Choose the organization you would like to donate to:

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Villa will be helping
The Inner City Home of Sudbury and Elgin Street Mission.

Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre will be helping
The Inner City Home of Sudbury and Elgin Street Mission.

Donate Now to the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)
St Gabriels Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year,
Villa St Gabriel Villa
will be helping
The Azilda Food Bank.

Donate Now to the Villa St. Gabriel Villa Giving Tree! (CLICK HERE)

Thank You for Your Donation!   Happy Holidays!

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!

Contact:
Tanya Gil-Alfau
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
tgilalfau@sjsudbury.com

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 https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-vaccine-booking-support#vaccination-receipts
  • 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.