Providence acquires The Views at St. Joseph’s

Ownership of Comox facility transferred to Providence Residential & Community Care Services Society

The Views in Comox will team up with Providence Health Care for seniors' and palliative care.

The Views at St. Joseph’s – a 117-bed seniors’ care home in Comox – has reached an agreement to become a part of the Providence family.

Specifically, The Views has reached an agreement with Providence Residential & Community Care Services Society (PRCC) to transfer the ownership and operations of St. Joseph’s to PRCC – a new entity formed by Providence in 2017.

The transition of ownership has been initiated and is targeted for completion on April 1, 2019.

The Views, a non-profit Catholic health care organization like Providence, was previously owned and operated by the Bishop of Victoria.

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PRCC’s amalgamation and ownership of The Views will mean its staff will become PRCC employees and medical staff will be privileged through PRCC. The process for that transition for staff and medical staff has been initiated and is targeted for completion by April 1, 2019.

“This is an exciting time in our organization,” said Deborah Mitchell, vice-president of seniors are, organizational strategy and partnerships. “The Ministry of Health has identified seniors care as one of its key strategic priorities and challenged BC health authorities and organizations to meet the challenge creatively and effectively. We are recognized as leaders of compassionate, resident-centred care for seniors in BC.”

For the past three years, Providence has done comprehensive work through the “Residential Care For Me” and “Megamorphosis” initiatives in developing and implementing innovative models of care in partnership with residents and families.

“Establishing PRCC positions us to focus specifically on seniors care and gives us the flexibility to find partners to enable the development of communities of care we envision,” says Mitchell. “That means moving forward with our renewal at the St. Vincent’s Heather site for our planned dementia village and supporting seniors community services and housing solutions.”

“The change in ownership of The Views to PRCC also accelerates and boosts our plans to redevelop The Views into an innovative, seniors-focused community of care,” said Michael Aikins, administrative officer, The Views. “With PRCC as owner, we’re going to build a community with various levels of housing and care options that support seniors, and their spouses and partners, to age in place on a single campus – ranging from independent living, long-term care and specialized dementia care and neighbourhoods.”

PRCC has its own society and board members, who are steering the continuing planning and engagement work to achieve the key milestones required in the coming year.

“Our founding congregations of sisters always made the elderly and seniors a key focus of the compassionate and socially just care they provided,” said Fiona Dalton, president and CEO, PHC and PRCC. “And throughout our organization’s history, we have responded to new challenges and the ever-changing needs of our communities with boldness and foresight. PRCC is another, forward-looking stage in that development. It puts us on a path of renewal and leadership, strengthening and revitalizing our seniors care mission.”

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The Record has reached out to health minister Adrian Dix for comment. Ministry offices are closed until Jan. 14.

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