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2023 Employer Award of Distinction

St. Joseph’s Health Centre is the winner of the 2023 Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction!

The award recognizes an employer which has demonstrated exemplary support for Cambrian students and graduates. A longstanding partner of Cambrian, St. Joseph’s Health Centre has welcomed placement students and hired graduates from a variety of Cambrian programs, including BSCN, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, Dental Hygiene, Computer Systems, and more.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Named 2023 Employer of Distinction

Presentation of Cambrian College Award

Kari Gervais, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury, receives the 2023 Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction from Shawn Poland, Cambrian’s Interim President.


February 7, 2023

SUDBURY – It is a health care organization that runs a rehabilitation hospital and two long-term-care homes in Greater Sudbury and has supported generations of Cambrian College students.

For its efforts, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury is this year’s recipient of the Cambrian College Employer Award of Distinction.

The Award recognizes an organization or company that has demonstrated exemplary support for Cambrian, its students, and graduates.

“St. Joseph’s Health Centre has been one of our anchor community partners for decades and it is very deserving of the Employer Award of Distinction,” says Renee Scott, Cambrian’s Director of Recruitment and Student Success. “Over the years, St. Joseph’s Health Centre has accommodated hundreds of our students on placement, in programs from Health Sciences to Community Services to Business and IT. They host our students and hire our graduates. We are very honoured to select St. Joseph’s Health Centre as this year’s

St. Joseph’s received the award at this year’s Cambrian College Career Fair Conference. Accepting the award on behalf of St. Joseph’s was President and CEO, Kari Gervais.

“We have always felt passionate about our duty to educate the next generation of caregivers in a way that promotes our mission of caring for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit, and in alignment with our values of Dignity, Excellence, Service and Integrity,” says Kari Gervais. “We have been very fortunate to find a likeminded organization in Cambrian College. We value our long-standing relationship and their dedication to ensuring students have meaningful and positive placement experiences. We owe our success to partnerships like these, and to the amazing work happening at the frontlines of our organization where our staff deliver compassionate care and service to our residents and patients, and mentorship to our students.”

St. Joseph’s Health Centre operates the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a rehabilitation hospital in Sudbury. It also administers St. Joseph’s Villa and St. Gabriel’s Villa, two long-term care homes in Sudbury. From 1950 to 2010, St. Joseph’s operated the Sudbury General Hospital, before transitioning to
rehabilitation and long-term care.

The Giving Tree 2022

The Giving Tree

The Christmas season here at St. Joseph’s Health here has begun once again.

COVID-19 has made the financial climate challenging for some this year. Along with hanging lights and tinsel come an opportunity to give to those in need.

The Spiritual and Religious Care Dept. is sponsoring an initiative on behalf of SJHC. We encourage anyone involved with the organization to consider giving to our community and staff.

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

1. The Giving Tree will be in the Lobby. Once again, we are decorating the tree with tags you may take to purchase pantry item(s) and return to the boxes under the tree. The deadline to bring in your items is Thursday, December 15th, at noon, when we deliver them to the 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 can give a financial donation – by designating which site you want to go to SJV, CCC or VSGV. The money gathered at each location will provide gift cards to some of our staff that require assistance.

Choose the organization you would like to donate to:

St Josephs Villa of Sudbury Logo

This year, St. Joseph’s Villa will be helping
Our Staff and a local food bank.

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
Our Staff and a local food bank.


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
Our Staff and a local food bank.


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

Thank You for Your Donation!   Happy Holidays!

Celebrate with us!

Each year during the month of April, our organizations celebrate volunteers who have been an integral part of important human connections with residents, patients, staff, and families throughout the year. Thank you to all those staff, families, administration and volunteers who participated in the past 12 months in this year’s virtual video celebration – photo slideshow in honour of our volunteers in action at St. Joseph’s Villa and SJCCC South Bay Road and Clarion Sites!

Please enjoy the video here:

The National Volunteer week theme for 2022, Volunteering Is Empathy In Action, affirms the strong connection between volunteerism and empathy. This profoundly human connection is at the heart of healthier individuals and stronger communities. Thank you to our volunteers for being present, giving of opportunities and by doing so, making an incredible difference in other’s lives. Volunteering can help us develop empathy; viewing the world through the eyes of another, connect people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, expand our views and build our capacity to work collectively contributing to a vibrant, inclusive community.

During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate your actions, your understanding, and your sincere concern for the world around you- in which you chose to participate in making a vibrant, safe, compassionate and inclusive space.

Please celebrate by thanking a volunteer at any time of year with us!

Volunteer Week Poster English and French

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.

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

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family update- New Ministry Directives

Good afternoon everyone

There has been significant changes to the Ministry of Long Term Care Directives for Long Term Care homes in Ontario in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the significant increase in COVID-19 cases province wide. Please read the new requirements carefully and please pass on this information to family members and friends so that they are aware of the new requirements for vaccination, visitation, and resident absences from the home.

Surveillance Testing

  • The Villa will test all fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers, at minimum, 2 times per week, in addition to existing testing requirements for those not fully vaccinated.
  • General visitors / support workers, regardless of vaccination status, require proof of negative test upon entry, taken the day of the visit, or on a previous day.
  • Testing not required for infants under one year of age.


  • Effective December 15 at 7pm, general visitors who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter the long-term care home. Please note that this was put in place on November 30 at the Villa.
  • Effective December 20: To gain entry to the home, essential caregivers must show proof of their first dose as of December 20th and by February 21, 2022 to show proof of all required doses. **Caregivers designated after December 14th are required to be fully vaccinated to gain entry to the home.

Visitors (general visitors and essential caregivers)

  • Up to two people per resident at a time only (includes essential caregivers). All visits must take place within the resident room only. Exception is only made when assisting with feeding in the dining room.
  • Children over the age of 1 who are not vaccinated are not permitted to visit
  • Residents can designate a maximum of two caregivers (unless more than two caregivers were already designated prior to December 14th.

Activities (communal dining, social activities)

  • Cohorting of residents for high-risk activities (singing, dancing etc.) and dining.
  • Large group social activities are discouraged.
  • Performances/entertainers permitted in adherence to visitor requirements regarding testing and vaccination.

Absences/Admissions/ Transfers

Day absences

  • Day absences for social purposes are permitted for fully vaccinated residents only.
  • Essential, medical and compassionate and palliative absences are still permitted, regardless of vaccination status

Overnight absences

  • Overnight absences for social purposes are being suspended, regardless of vaccination status.

Requirements upon return/admission/transfer to home

  • Day absences:
    •  Actively screen residents upon return;
    •  Rapid test and PCR test on day 3 following absence, followed by a PCR test on day 7. No isolation is required unless positive result is received.
    • If known exposure to a case, PCR test on day 1 and day 7 and isolate until a negative result is confirmed from day 7.
  • For all return/admissions/transfers from another healthcare facility that is not in an outbreak:
    •  If asymptomatic and fully vaccinated and no known exposure to a case, do PCR test prior to admission or on arrival at the LTCH, with isolation until a negative test result is received.
    • Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.
  • For all other return/admissions/transfers to the home (not including day absences):
    • A PCR test is required prior to admission or on day 1, and on day 7. Isolation is required until a negative result is confirmed from day 7 (the test prior to admission is only valid the day of, or from the previous day).
    • Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.


  • All individuals must be screened prior to entry into the home.
  • Once daily symptom screening is required for residents in the home unless requirements related to return/admissions/transfers apply.

Should you have any further questions or concerns. Please feel free to reach out.


2021-12-17T15:28:45-05:00December 17th, 2021|COVID-19 News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

Villa St. Gabriel Villa Family update December 2021

Good afternoon

With the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community, and recently released guidelines from Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD), I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you about the Christmas season at the Villa.

We have seen baked goods and tins of treats being dropped of for our staff to enjoy at the neighbourhood level. Unfortunately, such items are considered finger food and present an infection control concern given that many hands take part in the selection of the food over the various shifts. It also encourages removal of masks in the neighbourhood to take part in the treats- something which we do not permit staff to do, unless in a designated break area off the nieghbourhood and physically distanced 2 meters apart. We would ask that families do not bring in such items for staff.  This season is also know for the gift of floral arrangements. Please note that we do have a scent free policy and we have several staff that have allergies or are extremely sensitive to fragrances, with some being allergic to poinsettias. Please refrain from bringing in or having floral arrangements delivered to the Villa.

Just a reminder regarding the protocols for visits with residents:

–  only 4 persons per resident are permitted to visit at one time
–  masks must be worn at all times by all visitors for the entire visit
–  those essential caregivers who are not fully immunized must also where a protective isolation gown and ensure their visit is held solely in the resident’s room
–  general visitors who are not fully immunized are not permitted to visit residents
–  no food or drink can be consumed by any visitors during visits as this will require the lowering or removal of masks
–  general visitors may only visit with residents within the resident rooms
–  any non-compliance with any of the above will be addressed accordingly and those in non-compliance may be asked to leave the premises

PHSD has just released the following guidelines to the Sudbury Long Term Care homes for residents leaving the home to spend time with family:

Provide education to residents and families who are taking residents outside the home for attendance at social events including:

  • Limiting the number of participants at the event to only those who are essential
  • Limiting the duration of the event, or the length of time the resident attends the event
  • Ensure everyone attending self-screens and stays home if symptomatic (with even one mild symptom)
  • Ensuring everyone who attends the event is fully immunized
  • Encourage mask wearing and maintaining physical distancing especially if there is anyone in attendance whose immunization status is unknown/non fully immunized.

o          If wearing masks, ensure that the resident can maintain physical distancing when removing masks for eating or drinking.

  • Ensuring everyone attending the event has access to hand hygiene supplies, assist the resident in performing hand hygiene often and as necessary.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting/sanitizing shared spaces and equipment frequently and thoroughly (washrooms and food preparation/eating utensils)
  • Open windows to encourage ventilation when climate appropriate.
  • Consider the resident’s virtual participation if there is any question as to the ability for them to attend in person safely.

 In the interest of utmost safety for our residents, please ensure to follow the recent guidelines for hand hygiene, masking, physical distancing, community gatherings and activities by the PHSD and please pass the information above on to other family members and friends of our residents.

I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience during this fourth wave for our residents and staff alike.

Have a good weekend,

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa

2021-12-10T16:36:40-05:00December 10th, 2021|St. Joseph's Health Centre News, Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|

A Donation of Christmas Socks for Residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

Media Release:  November 2021

A Donation of Christmas Socks for Residents at Villa St. Gabriel Villa

17 Christmas stockings were delivered to Villa St. Gabriel Villa on Thursday, November 25th. The socks will be distributed on Christmas Day to residents who do not have family support over the Christmas holiday season. The stockings and donated contents were coordinated by Evelyn Dutrisac, Diane St. Pierre, Julie Desimone from Desimone Foot and Ankle Centre, and Nicole Blais from Goshenite Seniors Services.

Thank you for your collective kindness!

Tanya Gil-Alfau,
Executive Assistant / Board Liaison

2021-11-29T16:09:42-05:00November 29th, 2021|Villa St. Gabriel Villa News|