A message from Mr. David Wormald,  President St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph

Dear LTC Families: We expect that many of our LTC families will be aware of a change in short-stay and temporary absences for long-term care home residents announced late on Friday, August 28, 2020. The Ministry of Long-Term Care issued a news release reinstating short-stay and temporary absences, which were paused in March due to […]

Getting to know residents presents an opportunity to share their words of wisdom

Who would have thought that COVID would present an opportunity to really listen to an older generation and hear their advice? During the first wave of the COVID pandemic, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph closed ambulatory and outpatient programs to limit the number of people coming into the health centre. Staff from these programs were […]

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is helping to bring virtual care to Waterloo Wellington long-term care and retirement homes

NEWS RELEASE Technology provides residents with access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Friday, July 24, 2020 — Guelph, ON – COVID-19 has presented a unique challenge for long-term care and retirement homes. As a leader in specialized geriatric services, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is leading a project to implement virtual care […]

Letter to Families Regarding Visiting

June 18, 2020 Dear Families: The entire staff and leadership at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph recognizes how difficult these last few months have been for families of residents and patients. You have been away from loved ones for a long time and are deeply concerned for your loved ones at our health centre. The […]

Family members and residents reunite at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph in outdoor visits

NEWS RELEASE A safety-first approach enables St. Joseph’s to host in-person conversations between clients and a family member after many weeks of separation Friday, June 5, 2020 — Guelph, ON – An enchanting, garden-like space provides a stunning backdrop for emotional reunions between family members, and patients or residents at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph […]

Update on COVID-19 Testing of Asymptomatic Patients, Residents and Staff

NEWS RELEASE Friday, May 1, 2020 — GUELPH, ON— All 297 patients and residents at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph that were tested on April 18 were negative for COVID-19. Collection of resident and patient swabs was part of St. Joseph’s whole facility testing completed between Friday, April 17 and Monday, April 20 that includes testing […]

Asymptomatic Patients, Residents and Staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Tested for COVID-19

NEWS RELEASE Monday, April 20, 2020 — GUELPH, ON— St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is participating in an innovative initiative to test all patients, residents and staff at our health centre for COVID-19. St. Joseph’s set an ambitious goal of testing all asymptomatic patients, residents, and staff for COVID-19 between Friday, April 17 and […]

COVID-19 Update – April 10, 2020

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph continues to take proactive steps to protect the safety of staff and clients. We are working closely with Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health to implement recommendations. COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and our response to COVID-19 is fluid so we can adapt quickly as circumstances change. Our well-established protocols […]

COVID-19 PPE Supplies Donations

We are so thankful to our remarkable community for helping St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph secure the personal protective equipment (PPE) our front line staff urgently need as we work to fight the COVID-19 virus in our communities. St. Joseph’s continues to collaborate with our local healthcare agency counterparts, the federal and provincial governments and […]

COVID-19 Update – April 3, 2020

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has received notification from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health that two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. “Our thoughts are with these employees and their loved ones,” said David Wormald, President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. Out of respect for our employees’ privacy, we will not be disclosing […]

COVID-19 Update – March 23, 2020

Today, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph received confirmation from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health that a patient on one of SJHCG’s post-acute units has tested positive for COVID-19. “We realize that this news is concerning,” said David Wormald, President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. “SJHCG is following all directives from public health authorities on […]

COVID-19 Update – March 16, 2020

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among clients or staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph. We are taking proactive steps to protect the safety of staff, residents and patients as a precautionary measure. We are working closely with Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health and adjusting our response as we receive direction from […]

St. Joseph’s Pharmacy Team Supports Patients 24/7

The Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists has designated this week as National Pharmacy Awareness Week and we’re thanking our 3-person team in SJHCG’s Pharmacy Services who, with the support of a pharmacist who works off-site, provide 24-hour support, 7 days a week to the patients in the rehabilitation and complex continuing care programs. Our pharmacy […]

Supportive Recreation Helps Residents at St. Joseph’s to Participate in Activities that Have Meaning and Purpose

Effective recreation therapy blends understanding each person’s unique needs and their individual preferences to find activities that they will enjoy. February is Recreation Therapy month and we wanted to shed some light on one of the many ways in which the recreation therapy team at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph supports residents’ physical, cognitive, spiritual, […]

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information (Updated February 28, 2020)

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) is monitoring information about the Novel Coronavirus (which was recently named the COVID-19 by the World Health Organization). The risk to Canadians remains low, as there are three confirmed cases in Ontario at this time. SJHCG has strong infection prevention and control practices in place at all times and […]

New day and time for the young onset dementia program

First established in 2014 as Wednesday Night Joes, the Young Onset Dementia Association (YODA) at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has a new name, a new day and time, and it’s welcoming new clients, too. If you know someone living with early onset dementia, we can help. St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph is home to […]

St. Joseph’s Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Dedicated Volunteers like Shirley

The United Nations has designated December 5th as International Volunteer Day, as a chance to celebrate the work done around the globe by volunteers working on behalf of all kinds of organizations. Here at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph, our volunteers’ generosity is truly inspiring. We are fortunate to have over 250 active volunteers who […]

AdvantAge Ontario recognized SJHCG with Innovation and Excellence Award

In May 2019, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph received the AdvantAge Ontario Innovation and Excellence Award in recognition of the work done by the St. Joseph’s Long-term Care team in supporting seniors. This award aims to recognize innovative programs or techniques in workplace quality and the provision of care or services for seniors. It specifically […]

St. Joseph’s Celebrates 158th Anniversary

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph has a proud history of serving the Guelph community and surrounding area. We were founded on November 22, 1861 when three Sisters of St. Joseph came to Guelph from Hamilton to open a 16-bed hospital. This makes St. Joseph’s is the first and longest-serving healthcare institution in Guelph. Serving people […]

New Initiative Fosters Kindness Among Staff at St. Joseph’s

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph launched the Be Kind initiative to foster joy, encourage civility, and build trust and inclusiveness in the workplace. We want our leadership, staff, physicians, and volunteers to experience a more joyful and mutually respectful workplace – a place where kindness is our culture. People are our most valuable resource and […]

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Celebrates Person-Centred Care

This week St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph hosted an event to celebrate person-centred care during Patient Safety Week. Person-centered care is a key component of high quality, safer care. It is a way of thinking and doing things that sees the people using healthcare services are informed and consulted in the care they receive and […]

Million dollar donation to SJHCG. Thank you Ireland family!

Million dollar commitment to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph Gift from the Ireland Family will directly support patients and residents April 29, 2019 – GUELPH, ON – A remarkable $1 million gift from the Ireland Family to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Guelph will support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment essential to patients and residents. […]

Pilot program offers glimpse of ‘seamless’ health-care delivery

The province says its system overhaul will prevent patients from falling through the cracks. Here’s how that might work in practice Toronto Star 2 Mar 2019 THERESA BOYLE HEALTH REPORTER When Grant Lewis ran into complications from cancer surgery, he was able to seek help and get the problem resolved without leaving home by using […]

Ross’ Journey of Hope and Recovery

It was 8 years ago when Ross says his life “fell apart”. His 2nd marriage was ending and he was struggling to cope with the loss of his family and home. He recalls those days as the lowest point of his life, and knew he needed help. Learning that he suffered from psychotic depression, Ross […]

Meet Sharon

Sharon is one of the many skilled and caring staff you will meet at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG). Working at SJHCG for more than 37 years, she is also one of our longest-standing team members. As a Respiratory Therapist and Coordinator of the COPD/Pulmonary Rehab program, Sharon works with clients and families to […]