(SUDBURY) – June 1, 2010 – Thomas Orendorff, Board Chair and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO gathered today with health care professionals, Board and Foundation members and community partners to mark the first anniversary of St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre. The celebration also highlighted the good works of St. Joseph’s Foundation.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a 64-bed complex continuing care hospital officially opened its doors on June 1st, 2009. Since that time, it has developed 2 unique programs; the medically complex program and the functional enhancement program. A third program, the geriatric rehabilitation program to help assist CCC patients attain their maximum rehabilitation potential is under development. The hospital has a full complement of patients and has transitioned 48 patients through their system since its inception. “These are 48 individuals who otherwise would most likely have continued to have been at the Sudbury Regional Hospital but who are now in a more appropriate setting including either home, retirement living or long-term care” said Thomas Orendorff.

“The seed to develop SJCCC stemmed from the Government of Ontario’s Health Service Restructuring Commission” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits. As a cost savings solution to the building of the one-site acute hospital HRSRH “St. Joseph’s Health Centre proposed to build and operate 64 Complex Continuing Care (CCC) beds on South Bay Road, as an addition to St. Joseph’s Villa rather than remain in the Sisters’ Tower”. Approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, construction began in October 2007.

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is supported by St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury whose mission is to fund care initiatives not traditionally supported through government operating dollars that enhance the delivery of care – body, mind and spirit, to patients and their families. Since 2004, the Foundation has raised nearly $300,000 which has been placed towards the purchase of capital equipment and furniture. In order to do this the Foundation held a number of events including, “First, in 2007, in order to raise funds for an Arjo therapeutic tub, an event was held to break a Guinness Book of World Record. The event involved preparing the largest slab of fudge that weighted in at 5050 lbs. This event was speared headed by Gerry Lougheed Jr. and under his leadership and enthusiasm managed to raise $26,000. In 2008, our gala, which was an enormous success, under the leadership of Jeanne Warwick and myself, garnered $68,500. Portions of those funds were placed towards the purchase of 8 sit-to-stand lifts” stated Melanie Kanerva, Foundation Chair.