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St. Joseph’s Villa News

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

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 15, 2021

“They tried to bury us but didn’t realize we were seeds.”– Mexican Proverb

Today is World Elder Abuse Day – we wear purple today in unison as an attempt to shine a light on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. Rights don’t get old!

Older Canadians make invaluable contributions to our families, our communities, and our Nation every day.  But for far too many, the sacred promise of aging with dignity in Canada is broken by unconscionable incidents of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.  On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Canadians of all ages join the international community to raise awareness and help bring an end to elder abuse.

Please join in and support the stop to Elder abuse!

 

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  We are so proud of all staff for staying the course and following our internal protocols and the provincial guidelines.  We’re all in this together and working through these challenging times.

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.  Just for clarification SJCCC/Clarion site is following the outlined schedule which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

The days are counting down.  You only have 7 more days to get your 1st vaccine in order to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive.

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 and be entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th and be entered into the Big Draw to be drawn on August 31, 2021.

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.

Please get vaccinated and help Ontario move towards Step 2 of the Reopening Ontario Plan!
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.

 

Federal Update

As of June 15, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,403,285 of which 15,954 remain active.  To date there are 25,944 deaths recorded.

 

Provincial Update

As of June 15, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 540,426 which is an increase of 296 – this includes 526,440 resolved cases and 8,974 reported deaths. Total Active Cases in Ontario 5,374.

To date 11,344,441 doses have been administered and 1,894,320 individuals are fully vaccinated.

 

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 18 active cases
  • 112,171 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 29,245 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 2 confirmed cases (1 ICU; 1 in another unit)

In Closing…

I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued diligence in doing your part to move through this COVID-19 pandemic.

Your compliance and patience with the numerous Directives and requirements that have been put in place since March 2020 is commendable and very much appreciated.

The collaborative effort by all has reduced the number of daily active cases within the Sudbury area substantially.

It is only through the continued efforts of masking, performing good hand hygiene, physically distancing, donning eye protection and vaccinating, that we have come so far in the last few months.

With guidelines easing both within the community and within the facility, we ask that you continue with all aspects of protecting our residents, yourselves and each other so that we may progress even further throughout the summer months ahead.

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents and each other 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 1st.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence

Media Release – June 2021

 SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH OF SAULT STE. MARIE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

The annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie Awards for Excellence were held in earlier this month. The Awards for Excellence were presented to individuals chosen by their peers as examples of their commitment to living out the organization’s values of “Caring Beyond the Moment with Service, Integrity, Dignity and Excellence.”  This year’s selection criteria was based on “who was the brightest Rock Star on staff during the pandemic and how have they enriched the quality of life for our residents / patients / staff during the pandemic”,

The 2020-21 recipients are:

St. Josephs’ Health Centre

  • Monique Brown, Finance Clerk
  • Chase Coutu, IT System Analyst

St. Joseph’s Villa

  • Renée Bossé, Registered Practical Nurse
  • Donna Desormeaux, Lobby Deputy
  • Laurie Frank, Registered Practical Nurse/Behavioural Support
  • Alicia Prediger, Environmental Services Assistant

Villa St. Gabriel Villa

  • Rebecca Aubrey, Personal Care Assistant
  • Crystal Jonasson, Registered Practical Nurse
  • David Long, Chaplain
  • Josée Park, RAI Coordinator

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

  • Mike Aniol, Physician
  • Alison Antonio,  Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Linda Masse, RN, Clinical Leader

      St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre – Clarion Site

  • Lyn Garnett, RN, Clinical Manager
  • Cailin Jones, Occupational Therapist

“At St. Joseph’s, we believe that it is important to recognize and celebrate people within our organization who strive to express healing love through care, compassion and concern for each other and the people we serve.  We do this by demonstrating the spirit and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie who have exemplified these values in the Sudbury community since 1950 through their work of serving the most vulnerable and addressing the unmet needs in the community”, said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO / Administrator. She further expressed “I would like to congratulate all of our Rock Star staff during this pandemic year, and in particular those selected by their peers for this prestigious award.”

Congratulations to all our nominees and award recipients.

SJHC-SSJSSM Awards of Excellence

St. Joseph’s Health Centre

From left to right: Barb Desjardins, VP Corporate Services, Monique Brown, Chase Coutu, Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO

SJV-SSJSSM Awards of Excellence-2

St. Joseph’s Villa

From left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, Sr. Mildred Connelly, Board Member, Renée Bossé, Alicia Prediger, Donna Desormeaux, Laurie Frank, Roger Leveillé, Site Administrator

VSGV-SSJSSM Awards of Excellence-3

Villa St. Gabriel Villa

From left to right:  Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO, Crystal Jonasson, Josée Park, Rebecca Aubrey, David Long

CCC-SSJSSM Awards of Excellence-4

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

From left to right:  Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services, Linda Masse, Dr. Mike Aniol, Alison Antonio and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO

CCC Clarion-SSJSSM Awards of Excellence-5

St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre – Clarion Site

From left to right:  Kari Gervais, VP Clinical Services, Cailin Jones, Lyn Garnett and Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 8, 2021

“If someone says, ‘It’s impossible’, remember that it may be impossible for them; but not for you.” – Unknown author

Yesterday, the Ontario government announced that the province (excluding the Porcupine Health Unit) will be moving into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen on Friday, June 11, 2021.  This decision is based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators.  Step One will allow the following:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events for up to 10 people.
  • Outdoor dining for up to 4 people per table
  • Essential retail capacity at 25%
  • Non-essential retail capacity at 15%
  • Religious services, rites and ceremonies indoors at 15% capacity and outdoors with capacity limited to permit physical distancing of 2 metres.
  • Outdoor sports training (no games or practices), fitness classes and personal training up to 10 people
  • Day camps
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks.
  • Outdoor horse racing and motor speedways without spectators
  • Outdoor pools and wading pools

This is great news for all of us!  By adhering to these guidelines and getting vaccinated, we can ensure that the province will move to Step Two in 21 days.
This is a strong reminder that if you are not vaccinated to please do so ASAP so that we can continue to move forward and reopen the Province.

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!

Please know that I am so proud of all staff for staying the course and following our internal protocols and the provincial guidelines.

We continue to be all in this together and working through these challenging times.  Thank you for your ongoing commitment and dedication.

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.  Just for clarification SJCCC/Clarion site is following the outlined schedule which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

As a reminder, the dates to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive are fast approaching.  If you do not want to miss out on this opportunity:

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 and be entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th and be entered into the Big Draw to be drawn on August 31, 2021.

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.  You can 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.

Help save lives – PLEASE get vaccinated.

I 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.

Federal Update

As of June 8, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,394,145 of which 22,861 remain active.  To date there are 25,761 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 8, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 537,076 which is an increase of 469 – this includes 520,811 resolved cases and 8,887 reported deaths.

To date 10,267,613 doses have been administered and 1,174,330 individuals are fully vaccinated.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 27 active cases
  • 105,176 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 23,390 individuals fully vaccinated.

HSN is reporting 6 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 2 other units)

In Closing…

To be successful in Step One of the reopening plan, we need to make sure we are responsible in our actions and that we follow the guidelines that the province has set out.

A higher vaccination rate leads to a significantly better outcome, both in terms of total infections and hospital admissions.

Higher rates of vaccination everywhere will leave the virus nowhere to hide, allowing for a safer reopening.

Please get your vaccination and join the fight against COVID-19.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!

COVID-19 Update from the CEO – June 1, 2021

“We are not yet through this storm, but the end is in sight. We are getting closer every day, and now there is a clear roadmap for how we’ll get there.”

– Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer

More than 60% of adults have now been vaccinated with their first dose and COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations are steadily declining in Ontario  We have all sacrificed so much over the last 15 months to help keep our residents, patients, staff and families safe.  The province has made tremendous strides with its vaccination program, and we are now in a position where we can move forward with a plan to slowly bring us back together.  How exciting is that????  Hopefully enough to keep the momentum going!

Internal Updates

We continue to be COVID-19 free at all our facilities!  This is great news not only for our residents, patients and family members but also for you as staff!!

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.  For clarification SJCCC/Clarion site is following the outlined schedule which consists of a rapid test every 2 days, or upon your next scheduled shift.

Vaccines

As a reminder, in order to be eligible for the SJHC Vaccine incentive, if you

  • Get your 1st vaccine by June 21, 2021 you are entered into the early bird draw to be drawn on June 30, 2021.
  • Get fully vaccinated by August 27th  and you will be entered into the Big Draw to be drawn on August 31, 2021.

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.

Please Help save lives and get vaccinated!

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.

 

Federal Update

As of June 1, 2021, across Canada, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 1,381,582 of which 33,753 remain active.  To date there are 25,547 deaths recorded.

Provincial Update

As of June 1, 2021, in Ontario, the cumulative total of confirmed cases is 532,158 which is an increase of 699 – this includes 511,703 resolved cases and 8,666 reported deaths. To date 9,202,220 doses have been administered and 739,722 individuals are fully vaccinated.  The Stay-at-Home order is set to expire tomorrow, June 2, 2021.

Local Update

  • Sudbury & Districts Public Health Unit – 27 active cases
  • 118,440 individuals have received their first vaccine dose and there are 18,300 individuals fully vaccinated.

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

  • Discovery Early Learning & Care (Main Site in Garson)
  • Outland at IAMGOLD (Cote Mine Project)

HSN is reporting 9 confirmed cases (4 ICU; 5 other units)

In Closing…

Thank you very much for doing your part to keep our patients, residents, families and colleagues safe.

I would like to express my sincere admiration for the outstanding efforts of everyone in each of our facilities. I appreciate everything that you have done over the past 14 months since the pandemic was declared.

Thank you for all your contributions and all the little things you do each day to help in your respective positions.

Many of us may feel a sense of uneasiness as we begin to expand our social interactions having experienced a third COVID-19 wave.  Social distancing measures that limit close contact with others have made it difficult to maintain connections with those we care for —family and friends within our immediate social circles.  This has been hard!

To be successful in this next phase of the reopening plan, we need to keep COVID-19 low and slow and vaccine rates high and fast.   Please make sure to stay the course and be responsible in your actions.

Staying Healthy and Staying Safe and Getting Vaccinated Saves Lives!