St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre wins big at the Ontario Hospital Association Health Achieve Conference in Toronto
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury, the only stand-alone complex continuing care hospital in the North East, was honoured twofold this week at the Ontario Hospital Association’s Annual Health Achieve Conference in Toronto.
The Ontario Hospital Association’s Small, Rural and Northern Provincial Leadership Council announced that the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Guardian Angel Program submission was chosen as this year’s winner of the OHA’s Small Rural and Northern Health Award for Excellence. This prestigious award recognizes innovation, leadership and excellence in the delivery of patient care within a small, rural and/or northern community.
SJCCC developed and implemented the Guardian Angel Program in response to an identified need in the kind care and support being offered to patients whose deaths were expected in the next 10 to 14 days and the care and support offered to families and staff members in the days following the patients death. The program enhances the patient’s end of life experience, the family’s satisfaction, and the quality of care they receive while they are keeping vigil and while they are grieving.
“We are truly honoured by this award. Our staff have worked diligently in developing this program which was also implemented at our sister facilities, St. Joseph’s Villa and Villa St. Gabriel Villa. In addition, the SJCCC’s Guardian Angel Program is part of a five-year research project being led by the Centre for Education and Research and Aging and Health (CERAH). The aim of the research project is to identify and implement components of a successful palliative care program in each of the participating long-term care homes”, explained Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO.
Secondly, the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre with the 2013 Quality Health Care Workplace Award – Bronze category. This award recognizes the organization’s efforts to improve SJCCC’s workplace in ways that contribute to the healthcare providers’ quality of work life and the quality of care and services they deliver. Ms. Palkovits indicated that “this recognition reinforces our organization’s efforts to improve the quality of work life for all our staff and physicians through our Caring Beyond the Moment initiative”. SJCCC was commended for its commitment to ensuring a quality healthcare workplace.
Ehren Baldauf, Board Chair of the St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, commented that he is “very proud of the SJCCC and the awards that it has received today. It is apparent that a lot of work has been done within the SJCCC since its inception 4 years ago. The Board compliments the management team, staff and physicians for their heartfelt commitment to our patients and those we serve.”