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COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 12, 2021

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 12, 2021

“We don’t develop courage by being happy every day.  We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity .”    –  Barbara De Angelis, Author

Internal Updates

 SJV Outbreak Update

Our COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV continues with only one positive result in a staff member. We are hopeful that the outbreak will be lifted by tomorrow.  Please stay tuned.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE for the tremendous job you have done to contain this outbreak to only one person.

SJV remains closed to new admissions and transfers at this time. All visitations have been suspended until the outbreak measures have been lifted; with the exception being for those who are deemed essential visitors and for individuals to visit loved ones at the end of life.

Staff Swabbing

Increased staff testing is underway and additional swabbing clinics have been set up.  Please ensure that you are following the staff swabbing schedule for the facility that you work at.

For Villa staff swabbing is required EVERY week and for SJCCC staff swabbing is required EVERY other week.

We continue to ask that all staff remain vigilant and immediately self-isolate and report any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection.

Provincial Update

As a result of high COVID-19 transmission rates, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, has immediately declared a second provincial emergency under s. 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA).

Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings to essential trips, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, do work from home.  Please note that health care workers are deemed to be essential workers and as a result we ask that you please continue to report to work.

It is hoped that these new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.  The following additional public health measures will be enacted:

  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are further restricted to a limit of five people with limited exceptions. This is consistent with the rules during the lockdown during the first wave of COVID-19 in spring 2020 and will allow individuals and families to enjoy time outdoors safely.
  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations that are open. Wearing a mask or face covering is now recommended outdoors when you can’t physically distance more than two metres.
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m. The restricted hours of operation do not apply to stores that primarily sell food, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores, and restaurants for takeout or delivery.
  • Non-essential construction is further restricted, including below-grade construction, exempting survey.

Data Update

As of January 12, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 222,023 which is an increase of 2,903 – this includes 186,829 resolved cases and 5,053 (+41) reported deaths.  There are now 14 confirmed cases of the U.K. variant so far in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 46
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 26
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 44
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 28
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 67
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 6
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 68

 

Local Update

Amberwood Suites continues in a COVID outbreak – 22 cases (19 residents/3 staff)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (0 in ICU; 9 on other units).

In Closing…

I would like to thank you all for continuing to demonstrate excellence, compassion, courage and resilience during this difficult time.  Your ongoing patience, co-operation and support do not go unnoticed as we continue our efforts in keeping our patients and residents safe.

As an update we have commenced initial preparations with our community partners for our anticipated vaccination rollout and will keep you apprised as it draws closer.

As community transmission of COVID-19 continues to sour across our province, the risk remains high for all of us.  Even if you have been doing all you can to protect yourself and those around you, it is important to know the symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if symptoms develop.

Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and limit your contact to those only within your immediate household.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Safe Lives!

 

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19

Public Health Ontario

Sudbury & District Public Health

Covid-19-self-assessment

COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021

“You never know how or when you’ll have an impact, or how important your example can be to someone else.” – Denzel Washington

Although it was the holiday season, COVID did not take any time off. I sincerely thank you all at all sites, all staff, and medical staff for continuing your dedicated efforts at keeping our patients and residents safe and secure during the holiday season.

We recognize that anticipation is high regarding vaccinations and staff have ongoing questions. There are a number of factors at play and vaccination planning is currently underway as per the Ontario Vaccine Distribution Implementation Plan as laid out by General Rick Hillier. Our commitment to you is to be transparent and provide answers and updates regarding the vaccination roll-out plans as they become available.

Internal Updates

SJV Outbreak Update

On January 1, 2021, PHSD declared a COVID-19 Outbreak at SJV due to a positive result in a staff member.

We continue to work closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to ensure all measures are in place to protect our residents and you. I want to assure you that the risk of infection in our facilities remains low. At this time all residents and other staff remain asymptomatic. We will continue to monitor this situation in cooperation with our medical director Dr. M. St. Martin and the PHSD.

None of the residents who were in contact with our employee are symptomatic and all are being tested. Our residents will continue to be isolated in their individual rooms as necessary.

With the declaration of this outbreak, additional control measures have been put in place and are being overseen by an outbreak management team. These include the following:

  • General visits are not permitted.
  • Only 1 essential visitor per resident at a time will be allowed to care for their loved one. Please remember that essential visitors require a Covid–19 negative result not older than 7 days to enter the building.
  • During visits everyone is required to wear a mask AND eye protection such as goggles or a face shield.
  • Non-essential items will not be allowed in the facility.
  • Resident leaves of absence are not permitted.
  • Residents will not be allowed to leave the property unless it is for an essential medical appointment.
  • Residents will be eating their meals in their rooms.
  • The café and hair salon are closed.

I would like to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous work that you are doing in caring for our residents during this challenging time.

Provincial Update

The Province of Ontario remains in Grey Lockdown.

Data Update
As of January 5, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 197,360 which is an increase of 3,128 from yesterday – this includes 166,790 resolved cases and 4,730 reported deaths. There are currently 25,840 active cases in Ontario.

Northern Ontario Active Cases

  • Algoma Public Health – 28
  • North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit – 18
  • Northwestern Health Unit – 19
  • Porcupine Health Unit – 10
  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 23
  • Timiskaming Health Unit – 20
  • Thunder Bay District Health Unit – 60

At work I ask that you please continue to maintain strict PPE and infection-control vigilance. In our personal lives, we need to ensure that we continually assess and mitigate our risks in the social encounters and activities in which we participate. Please wear your mask, please wash your hands and please limit your contact to those only within your household.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Additional Resources

Ontario.ca/COVID-19
Public Health Ontario
Sudbury & District Public Health
Covid-19-self-assessment
COVID-19-Assessment-Centre in the Greater City of Sudbury

St. Joseph’s Health Centre 2020 Services of Remembrance

St. Joseph’s Health Centre 2020 Services of Remembrance

It has been the custom of St Joseph’s Health Centre to conduct an Annual Service of Remembrance every November to honour the residents and patients who have died in our facilities the year prior to the service. This year, because of COVID-19, we have opted to pre-record our Service of Remembrance and offer it to the families through our website.

If you have received an invitation by mail with the password needed to access the service of the particular facility in which your loved one being cared for, then please click on the appropriate link below and enter your password to view the service booklet and video.

Thank you and God Bless.

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo
SJV Service – CLICK HERE
St Gabriels Villa of Sudbury Logo
VSGV Service – CLICK HERE
St Joseph's Continuing Care Centre Logo
SJCCC Service – CLICK HERE

Great Canadian Giving Challenge June 2020

What is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge?

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is a national contest hosted annually by CanadaHelps.

In the month of June, every $1 donated (minimum $3 donation required) from June 1st through June 30th using the St. Joseph’s Foundation donation page on our website acts as a ballot to enter us to win a $20,000 donation.

All registered Canadian charities listed on CanadaHelps.org are eligible to win the $20,000 prize drawn on Canada Day, July 1st.

Great Canadian Giving Challenge Promotional ad

Staff & Patients from SJCCC Show Support to Staff & Residents of SJV

Media Release:  April 27, 2020

SJCCC Staff outside of the SJV building holding banners that read "Thinking Of You"
Residents inside SJV building holding signs with positive messages in the windows
Standing outside SJV building holding signs that read "Stay Strong"
Holding banners and signs with positive messages of hope

In a display of strength and solidarity, staff and patients from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre showed their support to their colleagues and to the residents of St. Joseph’s Villa who are currently in a COVID-19 outbreak.
“This act of kindness brought tears to everyone’s eyes and made the St. Joseph’s Villa staff and residents feel grateful to be part of such an amazing St. Joseph’s family. We are so fortunate to have such amazing staff working at both facilities. They are truly rock stars!” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.

Background
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed Rehabilitation Hospital and St. Joseph’s Villa, a 128-bed Long-Term Care home are co-located on the Village of Care site on South Bay Road. Both are distinct operations, with separate entrances and separate staff.

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

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Sends Cheers to our Volunteers!

National volunteer week represents an opportunity for us to pause and express our gratitude toward our passionate volunteers who make it possible for us at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa to deliver on our Vision of Making Lives Matter.
We are thankful to each and everyone of our volunteers, thankful – for their dedication, their loyalty, and their commitment to our residents, patients and staff. This past year, our more than 300 volunteers have contributed over 14,000 hours of caring support!

It is our time to applaud OUR VOLUNTEERS!

For those who are able to continue to volunteer during these tumultuous times, we are truly grateful. To all others, we look forward to seeing you again soon! Please stay healthy!

Cheers To Volunteers graphic "It's Time to applaud Canada's volunteers"

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre 10 Year Anniversary

Group shown outside with plaque for 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.

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2019 Hand Hygiene – SJCCC

SJCCC Hand Hygiene Collage Staff and residents showing clean hands

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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National Volunteer Week

Group of volunteers for SJV

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!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre launches its new Strategic Directions for 2019-2024

On March 19, 2019, also known as the Feast of St. Joseph’s Day, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and its affiliate organizations, St. Joseph’s Villa, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre and Villa St. Gabriel Villa launched its new strategic Directions for 2019-2024.
“As proud as we are of the past, we’re even more excited about what’s ahead for St. Joseph’s Health Centre. We have a new vision for the next 5 years – Making Lives Matter…compassionate care, innovation and discovery. In order to make lives matter, we will build on the strong tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie – which in essence means we have big shoes to fill.” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator.
At St. Joseph’s Health Centre, we see ourselves, as two long-term care homes and a hospital that show leadership in finding fresh solutions to improve care; one that embraces our diverse community, respecting and responding to their needs. We are a hospital that partners effectively with other health care and community organizations so that patients can receive support, when, where and how they need it. We are two long-term care homes that foster quality care, ensuring we provide the best possible care experiences that meet the unique needs of each and every one of our residents. And, we are a place where everyone – our staff, doctors, students and volunteers – are focused on creating positive changes to meet the evolving needs of not only our patients and residents but also of our community.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan poster

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is looking forward to working with our community partners as we strive to Make Lives Matter – through compassionate care, innovation and discovery.

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at St. Joseph's Villa

LEFT TO RIGHT: Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair, Normand Lachance and Maurice Bourdon residents at St. Joseph’s Villa and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Patricia Mackay, patient at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, Linda Wilson, Past Board Chair and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator

2019-2024 Strategic Plan Launch at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Marleau, Board Chair, Theresa Lachance resident at Villa St. Gabriel Villa
and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President & CEO / Administrator