Managing St. Marys home opens opportunities
Monday, January 6, 2014 — Deron Hamel
Since OMNI Health Care began managing Wildwood Care Centre in July, the long-term care provider and the St. Marys long-term care and retirement residence have embarked on a fruitful symbiotic relationship.
One of the strong points of the relationship, says OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy, is that OMNI has been learning about some of Wildwood’s best practices that the organization can share with its other 17 homes.
Likewise, Wildwood has been adopting many of OMNI’s policies, such as supportive measures training, in an effort to introduce the organization’s culture to the home’s staff members.
“We’re sharing policies with them and moving them on to a platform where they can get full access to our policies,” McCarthy tells the OMNIway.
McCarthy says OMNI has been garnering valuable information from the 60-bed Wildwood Care Centre that can be shared within the organization.
For instance, Wildwood has a policy on needle-stick injuries that McCarthy says is “much more expansive” than OMNI’s current policy.
“(Wildwood’s needle-stick injury policy) is more inquiring, so it’s a much better system,” he says.
Wildwood Care Centre also uses a point-of-care tool, whereas OMNI homes do not, “so it’s a great opportunity for us to observe the positives and the negatives . . . we can learn from that when we start to roll it out in our homes,” McCarthy says.
Wildwood Care Centre’s administrator is Scott Walsh, whose family owns the home. McCarthy says OMNI is happy to be working with Walsh and is proud to have Wildwood Care Centre as a part of the OMNI family.
“We are really pleased to be working with him; it’s a great home in a great town in a great part of Ontario,” he says.
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