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St. Joseph’s Continuing Care News

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – May 11, 2021

I attribute my success to this
I never gave or took any excuse.”
– Florence Nightingale

National Nursing Week annual celebrations take place this week May 10-16, 2021.  This is the same week as Florence Nightingale’s birthday which is May 12. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall and was developed by CNA to showcase the many critical roles that nurses play in patients’ and residents’ health-care journeys. The pandemic has brought to light the courage and commitment that nurses work under every day and has further shown the important role that nurses play in our organizations and community. I would like to thank all of our nurses for the tremendous work that you do each and every day!  You are all Rock Stars!

Message from the Prime Minister of Canada:

“On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I would like to commend nurses from coast to coast to coast for their vital work, and extend my best wishes for National Nursing Week, 2021.

Nurses are at the center of our Canadian health care systems. They are the smiling faces who greet us at hospitals and clinics. They are the calming voices helping us through our toughest days, and they are the ones who are helping to care for our parents, family members, and loved ones during this COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we celebrate their hard work and success, and we thank them for their many sacrifices and dedication to our communities and our country.

Over the past year, the pandemic has affected all Canadians in immeasurable ways. It has impacted how we work and learn, interact with friends and family, and live our daily lives. Yet, despite all of the many challenges, our nurses have worked tirelessly to safeguard the health and well-being of all people and communities in Canada. Their compassion and strength have helped to guide us through this period.

As vaccines continue to be administered across the country, we will continue to rely on the expertise and diligence of our nurses who play an immense role during this process. They are on the front lines every day ensuring that we all get through this together.

To all nurses across Canada, thank you for your unyielding commitment to our country.

Please accept my best wishes for a memorable National Nursing Week, 2021!”

 

Internal Updates

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/Clarion Site

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for all staff at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site occurs every day upon entry.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Staff are asked to provide notice to their manager once they receive their COVID vaccine.  As a facility we are tracking the % of staff that are vaccinated.

As health care workers we have a responsibility to protect our patients and residents and ourselves.  Please get vaccinated.  To do so Visit the Sudbury & District Health unit website for more details on how to book an appointment.

 

Federal Update

As of May 11, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,294,186 of which 79,826 remain active.  To date there are 24,682 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of May 11, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 497,092 which is an increase of 2,073 – this includes 457,599 resolved cases and 8,342 reported deaths. To date 6,350,881 doses have been administered and 396,787 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 80 active cases
  • 80,568 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 8,529 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Vale Limited (Totten Mine)
  • Sudbury Jail
  • Health Sciences North (6th floor, South Tower)

HSN is reporting 12 confirmed cases (5 ICU; 7 other units)

In Closing…

Provincial orders and guidelines remain in place for everyone, even if you have received the vaccine.  Please continue to remain vigilant.  We have come so far, any waver on the current plan in place could cause serious setbacks as the Province works towards reopening Ontario.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

St. Joseph’s Health Centre honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

Media Release: Sudbury – April 2021

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 (South Bay Road and Clarion Sites) and Villa St. Gabriel Villa celebrated their many volunteers including their Volunteers of the Year:

Claudette Selles

Judy Piette

Roxanne Boodhoo

Sr. Mildred Connelly

Victoria Hossack

This year’s national theme of “The Value of One, the Power of Many” reflected on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness and the magic that happens when we work toward a common purpose.

Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO commended all volunteers noting “As a volunteer with our organization, your loyalty, dedication and resilience has been remarkable, especially during these challenging times.  You are an integral part of our organization and for this, we collectively thank YOU.”

Villa St. Gabriel Villa

VSGV honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

Claire Vincent Viau, Volunteer Coordinator, Claudette Selles, Ray Ingriselli, VGSV Site Administrator

St. Joseph’s Villa

SJV honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Roger Leveille, SJV Site Administrator, Tanya Anne Ball, Volunteer Coordinator, Sr. Mildred Connelly, Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO

St. Joseph’s Health Centre honours its Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

Roger Leveille, SJV Site Administrator, Tanya Anne Ball, Volunteer Coordinator, Judy Piette, Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre South Bay Road Site

Volunteer Roxanne Boodhoo

Roxanne Boodhoo

Clarion Site

Volunteer Victoria Hossack

Victoria Hossack

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – May 4, 2021

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” — Mother Teresa

The world doesn’t seem as friendly when it is filled with people wearing masks.  We gaze at strangers’ faces to gauge their intentions, so when the nose, mouth and chin disappear behind a covering, many clues vanish with them.

If a person is friendly, will you recognize it? If you smile, will he or she know it?

The answer is “yes” — it is still worth it to smile while wearing a mask, states body language expert Janine Driver, founder and president of the Body Language Institute in Washington, D.C.

The increased use of proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); wearing of eye goggles and face masks, during your shift has created a new challenge: the caring smiles that you regularly provide to your patients and residents, often a source of comfort during uncertain times, are hidden.

Recognizing who is caring for you, and seeing their smile, is fundamental to providing compassionate, person-centred care.

Psychology researcher Paul Ekman originally theorized the Duchenne smile, which shows both in your mouth and eyes, was the only genuine type of smile. Though that theory has since been moderated — milder smiles can also be genuine — the more intense your smile, the more likely your eyes are to crinkle at the corners.   “Everyone should “100% smile” when they are wearing a face mask, plus make eye contact to show they are not a threat”.

The eyes truly are the window to the soul!

This is Mental Health Week.  These past 15 months have been very challenging and unprecedented times.  We have all taken a hit at one time or another during these past 15 months and our mental health has not been left unscathed.  I ask that you please remember to take care of yourself each and every day.  If you are struggling please reach out for assistance.  As a reminder we offer EAP for ALL employees.  Please access these resources if you feel that they may be of benefit.  Also please speak to a colleague or manager if you need help.  Please do not stay silent.  There are many other resources in our community that can provide help.  For reference the Crisis Line Number at HSN is 705-675-4760.  Please do not hesitate to call if you need assistance.

During these challenging times it is important to remember that we are all doing our best.

We will make mistakes but we will learn from them and continue to move forward.

Please continue to be kind to one another and most importantly be kind to yourself.

Internal Updates

Surveillance Swabbing

SJV/VSGV

On April 27th the Outbreak was declared over at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Thank you to each and every one of our staff for working so diligently during this difficult time.  Thank you for your patience and thank you for the excellent that you continue to provide to our residents.  You are all true rock stars!!

Mandatory Rapid Antigen testing clinics for staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers upon entry occurs each day.  Staff are to ensure that they are following the required testing protocol based on their individual schedules.

SJCCC

Rapid Antigen Testing continues with 2 clinics/day every day at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends. Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.   Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Staff are asked to kindly provide notice to their manager once they receive their Covid vaccine.  As a facility we are tracking the % of staff that are vaccinated.

Please consider getting vaccinated.  It is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19. Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

Federal Update

As of May 4, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,194,989 of which 84,313 remain active.  To date there are 24,065 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of May 4, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 476,692 which is an increase of 2,791 – this includes 432,109 resolved cases and 8,143 reported deaths. To date 5,467,120 doses have been administered and 378,085 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 81 active cases
  • 71 661 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,940 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Sudbury Jail
  • Health Sciences North (4th floor, south tower)
  • Diggs & Dwellings
  • TSYS
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Vale Limited (Garson Mine)

HSN is reporting 20 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 10 other units)

In Closing…

Whether you had your first or second vaccine this month, or are booked for the days ahead, please remember to continue to use all of your layers of protection, to stay small and stay local.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – April 28, 2021

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”Thomas Edison

As a community, we are grappling with how to nurture and care for ourselves and each other, while understanding the ramifications of the situations unfolding around us and trying to navigate the new reality of what social distancing really means with the new variant.

The rapidness of the outbreak has left individuals and organizations alike grasping for information, direction and actions that can be taken to stay safe and healthy in completely new and uncertain circumstances.

We have all come together as a team and through learning and adapting we have changed the way we work, despite what is evolving in the world around us, and are making a real difference in the lives of our residents and patients.

You should all be very proud of the difference that you have made by living out our vision – Enriching Quality of Life…compassionate care, innovation and discovery.

Thank you.

 

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021 and was declared over today April 28, 2021.  Thank you to each and everyone for all of your extra hard work during this time.

On April 24, 2021, PCR swabbing results detected 16 additional positive cases in residents, staff and essential care givers at St. Joseph’s Villa.  Today we learned from Public Health Sudbury District that the Public Health Ontario Lab made an error in how they transcribed the results of these swabs.  Public Health Ontario has discovered their error and have already put remedies in place so that this does not happen again.  To say that this is unfortunate is an understatement.  For those who received positive results I cannot imagine the emotions you have had to go through the past several days.  I am sorry you have had to go through this.  I am certain some of you are feeling that it is difficult to trust the surveillance system.  I ask that you please continue to trust the system as we will continue to follow our regular surveillance protocols.  As an organization SJV has and continues to take every precautionary measure throughout this pandemic and ensures testing and screening for all persons that enter the site.  Please know that we do this to ensure that we are ALWAYS putting the health and safety of our residents and staff first.  We will continue to do this not only through regular testing and swabbing but by ensuring we continue to follow all IPAC measures, ensure that we have appropriate PPE and appropriate staffing in place.

We will continue with PCR swabbing every 3-4 days.  Rapid Antigen testing will continue as per previous Public Health guidance prior to our outbreak.

Updated communication is being circulated daily to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.  Please continue to refer to your e-mail for updates on this current outbreak.

Surveillance Swabbing

VSGV

Although the outbreak has been declared over Public Health requires ongoing PCR surveillance testing.  Therefore, all staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers will continue with on-site COVID-19 PCR tests every 7 days for 2 weeks.

Mandatory testing clinics will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday/Monday as well as Rapid Antigen testing upon entry each Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 3rd, 2021.

SJCCC

Rapid Antigen Testing continues with 2 clinics/day every day at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends. Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.   Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Please consider getting vaccinated.  It is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19. Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

 

Federal Update

As of April 28, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,194,989 of which 84,313 remain active.  To date there are 24,065 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of April 28, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 455,606 which is an increase of 3,480 – this includes 408,765 resolved cases and 7,988 reported deaths. To date 4,907,203 doses have been administered and 365,166 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 96 active cases
  • 67,675 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 7,736 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Health Sciences North (4th floor, south tower)
  • Diggs & Dwellings
  • TSYS
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Vale Limited (Garson Mine)

HSN is reporting 23 confirmed cases (10 ICU; 13 other units)


In Closing…

In the past year, we have been filled with enormous pressure and the need to nurture human suffering and loss of life.

You have all shown resilience, ingenuity, and an ability to turn on a dime to adapt everything from outbreaks, PPE protocols, staffing solutions, employing lobby deputies, and creating in-house rapid antigen and PCR testing clinics in the face of this deadly virus.

You have been front and centre in the crisis, under intense pressure to keep our patients, residents and staff safe.  Everyday you continue to shine as a team, and I commend you for braving this storm.  You are all Rock Stars!


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – April 20, 2021

“It is easy to look for loopholes, but rather let’s look for how we can keep each other safe.”  Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer

It is National Volunteer Week – a chance for everyone at each of our facilities to acknowledge and say thank you to the many volunteers across our organization who selflessly dedicate their time, energy and compassion to improve patient and resident experiences.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how volunteers have been able to support our sites over the last year, they remain a crucial part of the delivery of care and services.

Internal Updates

Facility COVID Outbreaks

Villa St. Gabriel Villa – The COVID-19 outbreak was declared over on April 16, 2021.

The additional agency staffing from outside our catchment area will continue to be scheduled to assist with covering unfilled shifts until May 2, 2021.

Words cannot express my gratitude to all staff for going above and beyond to contain the outbreak.
Your dedication to the safety and well-being of our residents overwhelms me.
Thank you to each and every one of you!

St. Joseph’s Villa – A COVID outbreak was declared on April 5, 2021.

As of today, there are no active COVID-19 positive cases in the building..
However the outbreak status remains in place due to the nature of its origin.
As a result we will continue to  PCR swabbing every 3-4 day with the help of the City of Greater Sudbury’s  EMS paramedics.
Rapid Antigen testing will also continue as per guidance from Public Health Sudbury District.
Updated communication is being circulated as it arises to all staff, residents, and family members who work, reside or attend at SJV.
Please continue to refer to your e-mail for updates on testing.

Surveillance Swabbing

VSGV

Although the outbreak has been declared over Public Health Sudbury District requires ongoing PCR surveillance testing.
Therefore, all staff, students, volunteers and caregivers will continue with on-site COVID-19 PCR tests every 7 days for 2 weeks.

Mandatory testing clinics are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday/Monday as well as Rapid Antigen testing upon entry each Thursday and Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until May 3rd, 2021.

SJCCC

There are currently no active COVID-19 positive cases at SJCCC-South Bay Road site and the Clarion site.
Rapid Antigen Testing commenced Monday April 19, 2021.  There are 2 clinics scheduled each day  at both SJCCC and the Clarion Site including the weekends.
The first clinic is from 7am – 12pm and the second clinic is from 3pm – 8pm.
Staff members working on night shift will receive their RAT from the RN on your designated working floor.

Staff will receive a RAT card with their results that they will need to be show to the Lobby Deputy when they come in for their scheduled shifts.

Please ensure to read your emails for additional instructions and if you have further questions please contact your Clinical Supervisor or Clinical Manager.

Vaccines

Vaccine clinics continue to be offered by Public Health in our area.  Please consider getting vaccinated.  It is critical to protecting yourself, your loved ones, and our most vulnerable individuals from COVID-19.
Each additional person vaccinated brings us one step closer to eliminating COVID-19 from our facilities and our community.

Federal Update

As of April 20, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,131,773 of which 88,327 remain active.  To date there are 23,667 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of April 20, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 424,911 which is an increase of 3,469 – this includes 374,213 resolved cases and 7,757 reported deaths.
To date 3,904,778 doses have been administered and 346,005 individuals are fully vaccinated.

To address rising COVID-19 case counts, protect people and communities and help break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the Premier of Ontario amended the current Stay-at-Home order to add an initial 2 weeks to the current 4 weeks.  This will extend the Stay-at-Home order to approximately May 20, 2021.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 171 active cases.
  • 57,899 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 6,983 individuals fully vaccinated.

Current Local Outbreaks (as reported by Sudbury & District Public Health Unit)

  • Private Daycare
  • TSYS
  • Jannatec Technologies
  • Glencore Fraser Mine
  • End of the Roll, Home & Haven Décor Studio Inc.
  • Centre Pivot du Triangle Magique, Azilda site
  • Joseph’s Villa
  • Trillium College
  • Jubilee Heritage Daycare, Applegrove site
  • Maslack Supply, Falconbridge location
  • Vale Limited Coleman Mine, Creighton Mine, Contractor, Administration building & underground mine site Garson Mine

HSN is reporting 23 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 18 other units)

In Closing…

Remember, even if you have had the vaccine, it is still important to continue to follow infection prevention and control measures, as no vaccine offers 100% protection. This means staying home when sick, maintaining good hand hygiene, physically distancing, and wearing a mask when you cannot distance.


Staying Healthy and Staying Safe, Safe Lives!