Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home is independently operated as a not for profit entity, by a voluntary Board of Directors who represent their community, and are entrusted with maintaining the Mission and Philosophy as set out by the owners and founding religious order, the RHSJ, now represented by Catholic Health International.
In 2019, our founders, the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph, celebrated 150 years of service delivery on the Miramichi, 70 of those as a nursing home or a Long Term Care facility.
In 2015, we were informed by the province that our nursing home operation would be replaced with a new for profit entity. With the announcement that the province would be closing the Mount’s nursing home operations, we were forced to re-invent ourselves once again. This replacement opened on October 1, 2019.
Given that the Mount just received 10.15 million in renovations, the Board decided to explore the possibilities for the Mount’s future use by hiring a consultant to answer the question” Can the Mount be used for something beyond nursing home care?” They implemented a comprehensive community survey and met with stakeholders. The answer was a resounding YES from the community and the plan to repurpose the Mount began. Given our history of training, having once been a school of nursing for Registered Nurses and Registered Nursing Assistants, as well as providing onsite training for nursing staff, either on our own or for the Department of Post-Secondary Training and Labour (PETL), healthcare training was a natural fit.
In August of 2018 we became a Private Occupational Training Agency, registered with the province of NB. The first Mount Saint Joseph Resident Attendant Training Program started in September 2018.
In the Fall of 2017, the Mount through a recruiter and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program, were successful in hiring 16 Internationally Educated Nurses to join our staff as resident attendants. They began arriving in June 2018.
In October 2019 we became a Designated Learning Institution with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
We have been greatly supported by the Miramichi Regional Multicultural Association who provided Cultural Sensitivity Training to the Mount and their staff/volunteers, as well as assisting these IEN to obtain funding to pursue their license in Canada. In 2018 we were recognized for our success in adding IEN into our workforce and assisting them and their families into the Miramichi Community.