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- Villa St. Gabriel Villa, Chelmsford

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.

2021-09-07T12:22:17-05:00September 7th, 2021|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Wishes Come True at St. Gabriel’s Villa!

Media Release:  August 2021

VSGV Make a Wish Convertible Ride 2021

Joan Watier was the 2021 Make a Wish Winner at St. Gabriel’s Villa. Joan received four different nominations from members of her care team. On August 26th her wish became a reality.
Joan’s bucket list included going for a ride in a convertible and her care staff wanted to see her spoiled for the day including lunch and time spent with good friends and family.
Perhaps what made this wish the most memorable was the opportunity for Joan to spend time with her son Tim who flew in from British Columbia. Mother and son had the opportunity to spend three days cruising around town, top down, catching up on the past year and a half.

Congratulations Joanie!

Media Contact: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant
705-674-2846 ext. 2104

2021-08-30T14:28:09-05:00August 30th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family update

Good afternoon

I hope that you are enjoying your summer as we start into August.

I want to make you aware of some information and changes that we are making in an effort to enhance our residents’ experience at the Villa as we continue through the pandemic.

Effective Monday August 9th, general visitors will no longer be required to schedule indoor visits with residents. In reviewing the frequency of visits per week, we have found that scheduling indoor visits is no longer warranted. Please note the following:

  • We will still require outdoor visits to be scheduled so that we can ensure that residents are brought out to the outdoor visiting area as required.
  • No more than 4 visitors per resident are permitted for indoor visits at one time to ensure physical distancing can be maintained indoors.
  • We ask that general visitors refrain from visiting at the following times:
    • Before 10:00 am (to allow breakfast and morning care to be completed)
    • Between 12:00 and 1:30 (lunch meal service and afternoon care)
    • Between 5:00 and 6:00 (dinner meal service)
  • All visitors are required to have a mask on at all times during their visit, regardless of whether the visit is indoors and outdoors.
  • No food or drink is to be consumed by visitors during visits as this would require the removal of the mask to do so.

To date there has been no change in testing requirements. Those visitors with proof of being fully vaccinated will not require a Rapid Antigen Test. Those visitors who are not fully vaccinated will still require Rapid Antigen testing for indoor visits. No testing is required for general visitors taking part in outdoor visits but screening with the Lobby Deputy is still required prior to outdoor visits.

With respect to the dining room meal services, we have now moved the Vermillion and High Falls neighbourhoods to full communal dining with four residents per table and without Plexiglass partitions. We will be transitioning Whitson and White Water shortly once the seating arrangements are finalized.

To conclude this email with some lighter information, below is an opportunity presented to you to support our organization through the St. Joseph’s Foundation, which is the fund raising entity that raises funds for all sites in our organization, including St. Gabriel’s Villa.

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 www.stjoessudbury5050.ca  

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

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

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

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 Stjoessudbury5050.ca 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

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Celebrates Father’s Day

Media Release:  June 2021

Father’s Day Marvel

Fathers Day 2021 - Paul

Paul

Norm

This Father’s Day, Villa St. Gabriel Villa took the perfect opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation to the beloved fathers who reside at the Villa.

The Villa St. Gabriel Villa team helped create a Father’s Day marvel by finding the perfect gift for our fathers; a photoshoot reflecting history of their pastimes and life experiences. Fun and innovative backdrops and props were used to capture a glimpse of what our handsome fathers would look like in the working field. The smell of the cedar wood “cabin”, and the twinkle of the orange construction signs were a sight to be seen. The residents were amazed at the opportunity that was provided for them and laughed when shown all the props provided for the photoshoot.

As the residents were prepared for their photos, they were simply asked, “What did you do for work?”. As soon as they heard those words, many of them began to grin. Each of the residents were very forthcoming about their past lives as working men and enjoyed telling their stories. With the help of our Villa staff members, our team of photographers, (Josée Park, Angie Brunet, and Renée Lalonde), were able to capture a moment to remember for our residents and families alike. During the two-week period, it was not uncommon to hear our residents state how much fun they had while getting their pictures taken. While some were hesitant at first, they warmed up to the idea quickly and revealed their best smiles.

Jack

Frank

At the end of the day, our residents were captured as the bold and valiant men we see them as. Happy Father’s Day to you all, and for all the fathers, we celebrate you!

Information: Tanya Gil-Alfau, Executive Assistant / 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 stjoessudbury5050.ca

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

SJV/VSGV

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.

SJCCC

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.

Vaccines

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