Staff Vaccination Incentive at St. Joseph’s Health Centre – It’s Win – Win!
Media Release: September 2021
As an incentive to increase staff vaccination rates at all of its sites, St. Joseph’s Health Centre held a raffle whereby the names of fully vaccinated staff were entered into a draw to win $500 in cash.
The lucky winners were:
Laura Ross, St. Joseph’s Villa Michelle Mayer, Villa St. Gabriel Villa Aseem Khajuria, St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre Carli Derochie, St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Laura Ross
Michelle Mayer & Ray Ingriselli, Site Administrator
“We are fortunate and proud that the majority of our staff are fully vaccinated. We must continue to be diligent and to urge everyone to get vaccinated” said Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO. “As we head into the peak of the 4th wave, we must be pro-active. Please continue to physically distance, to wash your hands and to wear a mask in public.”
According to Public Health Sudbury & District, as of September 6, 2021 84.6% of residents (12+) have received their first dose and 77.6% are fully immunized. Provincially, these figures are 83.6% and 77.1% respectively. Let’s continue this momentum! Get vaccinated today!
Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie (SSJSSM) Awards – 2021- St. Joseph’s Villa, Sudbury
The President/CEO of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Jo-Anne Palkovits hosts a celebration of the 16th annual Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie awards for excellence. This award is given by peers in recognition of their colleagues.
St. Joseph’s Villa Celebrates Another Centenarian!
Media Release: August 2021
From top left to right: Roger Leveille, Site Administrator & Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO Bottom left to right: Frank Mallett, Son; Winita Mallett, Centenarian & Linda Mallett, Daughter
Happy 100th Birthday to Winita Mallet who tuned 100 years old on August 3rd, 2021.
Winita is one of the original residents of St. Joseph’s Villa having moved in shortly after the Villa opened in December of 2003. Winita’s children, Frank and Linda were on hand to celebrate as well as a small group of other family and residents.
Staff shared that turning 100 had been a long-standing goal of Winita’s that she spoke of often. Son Frank attributed her longevity to the excellent care provided at St. Joseph’s Villa throughout the years and was grateful for the opportunity to gather and celebrate this remarkable milestone.
Honouring the Ashcroft Family for their contributions to St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Media Release: July 26, 2021
Left to right: Margaret Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Chair – St. Joseph’s Foundation Jo-Anne Palkovits, CEO – St. Joseph’s Health Centre
The St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors and the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board of Directors chose to honour and recognize Jim and Margaret Ashcroft and their family for their many contributions to the organization over the past decades.
“Today is a very special day for St. Joseph’s Villa. It is a day to say thank you to Margaret and Jim Ashcroft and their family for their on-going collective generosity over the years to St. Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury and the previous Sudbury General Hospital and to honour the memory and legacy of Jim Ashcroft” stated Jo-Anne Palkovits, President and CEO/Administrator.
In a small and physically distanced ceremony which was held at St. Joseph’s Villa, Margaret Ashcroft was surrounded by her sons, Mark, Brendan and Andrew, along with their families to celebrate this momentous occasion.
The Ashcrofts have been long-time supporters of St. Joseph’s. Jim Ashcroft was a St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board member from 1987 to 1989. He was also an integral member of the Board’s Building and Property Committee as well as a member of the St. Joseph’s Foundation from 2000 to 2010.
Margaret Ashcroft was as a Board member on the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Board of Directors from 1994 to 2005 and again from 2008 to 2013. In that time, she served as Board Chair from 2001 to 2005. Margaret also joined the St. Joseph’s Foundation Board in 2005 and remains a dedicated member to this very day.
Jim and Margaret Ashcroft were not the only family members to support St. Joseph’s. Their son, Mark Ashcroft, is working on the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign to raise much needed funds for St. Joseph’s Villa. Over the past several months, Mark Ashcroft has secured over $500,000 in donations towards this campaign.
“Over the past several decades the Ashcroft family were not only dedicated volunteers, they were and continue to be true ambassadors and devotees who donated over $200,000 to the St. Joseph’s family.
In honour of their generosity, the St. Joseph’s Villa Healing Garden was named The Jim Ashcroft Family Healing Garden.
The healing garden promotes activities, encourage interactions, and provides enhanced well-being for our residents, family members, volunteers friends and staff of St. Joseph’s Villa. The health effects and benefits of this healing garden serve to enhance the quality of life for all, and for this, we are truly thankful.
Left to right front row: Margaret Ashcroft, Sr. Bonnie McLellan, General Superior – Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie, Jonah, Mallory, Sloane, Evie, Mark Ashcroft, Celia Teale, Jo-Anne Palkovits. Back row: Andrew, Annie, Jake, Jennifer and Brendan Ashcroft
Message to families regarding changes effective July 16 2021
With the Province moving into Stage 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen plan on Friday July 16 comes some significant changes that will also take effect on Friday for Long Term Care homes in Ontario. The new Directive for Long Term care will provide changes including:
Rapid Antigen Testing is no longer required for asymptomatic, fully immunized individuals (staff, visitor, or otherwise).
A person is considered fully immunized if they have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry.
For all those requiring Rapid Antigen testing, the frequency for testing has now changed to every 3 days.
All individuals entering the home ages 2 and up must follow the testing requirements. Parental consent is required for minors (individuals under 18 years of age) that undergo testing. If consent is not given and/or testing is refused, the individual is not permitted to enter the home.
Even with the removal of limits to visitors for residents, a maximum of 4 indoor visitors at a time per resident will be permitted to ensure proper physical distancing of 2 metres during visits.
Outdoor visits will still be available for those visitors who do not wish to receive a Rapid Antigen Test. Outdoor visits with greater than four visitors need to be coordinated ahead of time to ensure the proper setting is available for larger groups
Essential caregivers do not need to schedule their visits. A maximum of two Essential caregivers may visit indoors at one time
General visitors must still coordinate their visits through email with the receptionist and up to 2 general visitors may visit indoors at one time
Active screening is still in place for all who enter the facility and for those visitors taking part in outdoor visitors.
Eye protection is no longer required to be worn by visitors or staff unless in a room that is isolated under droplet precautions.
Universal masking is still in place for all people entering the facility and for the duration of indoor and outdoor visits by visitors. Food and beverages cannot be consumed by visitors during visits.
Requirements contingent upon homes’ immunization coverage rates of 85% residents and 70% staff fully immunized have been removed
As long as the facility is not in outbreak, and a resident is not symptomatic or on isolation protocol, all absences are permitted from the facility, regardless of immunization status and they may leave the home for temporary absences, which includes absences that involve two or more days and one or more nights for non-medical reasons. Prior approval by the Villa is required for multiple day and overnight absences.
For fully immunized residents being absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must have a PCR test upon their return and isolated until a negative test result is received
For residents who are not immunized or partially immunized, and are absent from the facility for two or more days and one or more nights, they must be isolated for 10 days upon their return, with a PCR test conducted upon return to facility and on day 8 after return to the facility.
The Villa will provide a medical mask to the resident (as tolerated) and remind them to follow public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, while they are away from the home. With this in mind, residents should wear medical masks (as tolerated) and follow public health measures during an absence.
Life Enrichment Department off-site excursions for residents, regardless of immunization level, may resume
Activities involving singing and dancing may resume within the home
Residents will be monitored for symptoms once daily
Although the return to communal dining for residents has been permitted with these new Directives, the Villa will not be changing the current dining model as of yet. We will be taking a more gradual and cautious approach to returning to communal dining over the next few weeks or so.
These steps forward will be very beneficial for residents, families, and staff alike. Although our COVD case numbers have decreased dramatically both provincially and locally, we must still ensure we do our best to keep our residents safe and healthy. Please adhere to all of the recommended measures for public health and safety when in the community including wearing a mask, proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, and respecting guidelines for social gatherings.
Thanks again for all that you do for those living and working at the Villa, and enjoy your summer.