Diocese of Victoria to transfer ownership of St. Joseph's Hospital to Providence Residential & Community Care Services Society

Feb 28, 2019 12:54:00 PM

The Diocese of Victoria and Providence Residential & Community Care Services Society (PRCC) are pleased to announce that through an agreement reached in May 2018, and with the recent approval of Island Health and the Ministry of Health, ownership and operations of St. Joseph's Hospital in Comox will be transferred to PRCC on April 1, 2019. The ownership change, once completed, will include The Views’ 117 complex-care residential beds, 4 hospice beds, and 24 temporary care and respite beds. This transfer of ownership reaffirms PRCC's commitment to strengthening seniors care and hospice services in the Comox Valley community.

St. Joseph’s Hospital was established in 1913 by the Sisters of St. Joseph for the Diocese of Toronto in Upper Canada, at the invitation of Bishop the Most Rev. Alexander MacDonald. The Sisters owned and operated the hospital until November 1989, when ownership was transferred to the Bishop of Victoria. Until recently, St. Joseph’s included an acute care building; in Fall 2017 these beds were transferred to Island Health’s new Comox Valley Hospital. In 1982, The Views was built to provide long-term and hospice care in the Comox Valley.

PRCC is a newly formed Catholic non-profit, charitable society focused on innovative seniors care and community care. PRCC will be at the forefront of reimagining, reinventing, researching, educating, and delivering compassionate care in support of healthy aging.

The Valley’s population of seniors is growing, and both the Ministry and Island Health recognize that the region’s residential care needs are underserved. PRCC will bring something unique to the Comox Valley: a campus of seniors' care that includes a Dementia Village, along with additional services that are needed in the region and the community. Their shared desire is to change long-term care from an institutionalized medical model of care to one based on a home-like environment for residents and patients, connected to their neighbourhood and community. The focus will be on emotional and social connections and building a community people truly want to live in, all supported by the latest research, innovation and global best practices.

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Connie Dunwoody

Written by Connie Dunwoody

Connie Dunwoody serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria.

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