Who We Are

    St. Joseph's Health Centre has been serving the Guelph and Wellington community since the day it first opened its doors as a refuge for the sick, the injured, the frail and the indigent in 1861. Today, we are Guelph's leading, fully-accredited, not-for-profit provider of resident long-term care, complex continuing care, and rehabilitation services. We also offer excellent community outreach services for people who live in their own homes but need a little assistance in their day-to-day lives because of dementia-related conditions, injury (including an acquired brain injury), frailty, or problems
    associated with isolation. 

    Today on our Westmount Road campus, St. Joseph’s operates 240 long-term care beds, and 86 specialty hospital beds, which include complex continuing, palliative, and rehabilitation care. The Centre offers leading-edge community outreach programs including Out ’n’ About, Alzheimer’s Day, Fergus Day Out, Acquired Brain Injury, and Transportation programs for Guelph Wellington residents as well as outpatient clinics that include occupational and physiotherapy, speech/language therapy for children and adults, rheumatology, geriatric assessment, and bone densitometry for the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis.

    With the help our community, here’s what we’ve accomplished lately.

    ·         In November 2010, St. Joseph’s opened 96 new long-term care beds as well as a new Community Outreach Adult Day Program Centre to give a home to its groundbreaking community programs.
     
    ·         In the fall of  2010, St. Joseph’s broke ground on a new project that, when completed in 2011, will provide 80 units of affordable housing for seniors of modest means living in Guelph Wellington.
     
    ·         In April 2006, St. Joseph’s expanded our 15-bed rehabilitation hospital to add 2 new short-term rehabilitation beds – beds that had previously been housed at Guelph General Hospital. By creating a larger single unit for in-patient rehab services, the move saves money by creating greater economies of scale and provides a more seamless transition for our patients.
     
    ·         St. Joseph’s community programs are recognized as among the best in Canada. They help reduce health care costs while helping seniors age in place – at home, safely, where they want to be. In 2000 the Ontario government asked St. Joseph’s to take on Guelph’s only day program for survivors of acquired brain injury and we delivered again, going beyond expectations to provide leading-edge assistance to one of our community’s most vulnerable populations.
     
    ·         In 2004 when the Ontario government wanted a service set up to provide escorted transportation for people who are unable to use public transportation because of physical limitations, frailty or cognitive impairment, it turned to St. Joseph’s. In the past year alone, we’ve provided more than 3,000 rides – and still counting.
     
    ·         In our client satisfaction survey 93% of our residents and patients said St. Joseph’s staff did a good to excellent job of providing tender loving care.
     
    ·         St. Joseph’s has consistently received the highest hospital accreditation standing possible in its assessments by Accreditation Canada.
     
    ·         In 2009 we opened new palliative care and transitional care beds to help our region’s hospitals and health system operate more effectively – working with our partners and doing our part to make sure that the right care is available at the right time in the right place.
     
    ·         And in 2009, we opened our region’s only clinical telemedicine site – open in record time and with tremendous results. Now, using state-of-the-art equipment, patients across our region can come to St. Joseph’s and get access to specialists throughout Ontario, without having to leave town.
     
    We said we would and we did. St. Joseph’s is dedicated – heart and soul – to ensuring that care today is the best we can give and worthy of the people who come to us for home, for help and for healing. St. Joseph’s is providing the right care, right here, right now.