Providence Care plays an integral role in the health care system, taking over where acute care hospitals leave off. We care for patients coping with cancer, requiring rehabilitation services or longer-term care, or who are living with mental illness, with a focus on quality of life for our patients.
A 585-bed, multi-site non-acute health care provider with an operating budget of $113 million and a staff numbering more than 700, Providence Care delivers holistic care to patients as they progress through different stages of healing and make the transition from hospital to their homes or other community settings.
Serving patients in Kingston and the surrounding region, Providence Care delivers care through numerous community locations and three main sites:
St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, specialized geriatrics, complex continuing care, respite and palliative care.
Mental Health Services in Kingston: Adult treatment and rehabilitation services, geriatric psychiatry services and regional forensic services.
Providence Manor in Kingston: Long-term and Respite Care, Day Centre, Day Away Program, Attendant Care Outreach program and supported living program.
Make a Meaningful Impact on Patients’ Lives
Our Pharmacy Services teams at our St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital and Mental Health Services sites are important members of our multi-disciplinary clinical teams. As integral members of the health care team, our pharmacists work with members of other disciplines to address each patient’s emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs and provide input on the development of comprehensive treatment plans.
Providence Care pharmacists enjoy a diversity of challenges that come from working in different areas of care and with a range of inpatients, outpatients and clients living in the community. We offer a caring and rewarding professional opportunity where individual patient care and contact, consultation, participation in rounds, and straight days with no on-call or weekends await you.
Supporting Growth and Skill Enhancement
Providence Care offers numerous free and ongoing internal workshops, seminars and courses that cover a diverse range of technical, management, leadership and teamwork skills. The Pharmacy funds membership in professional associations such as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists as well. In addition, the Providence Care Foundation helps fund external training and education opportunities for staff through bursaries.
Staff members also have the opportunity to learn through Providence Care’s strong affiliations with Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. Our practice sites are involved with many leading-edge research studies, in which Pharmacy has an integral part. Pharmacists act as designated mentors of pharmacy students through formal and informal learning programs from the University of Toronto as well as out-of-province faculties of pharmacy.
Contributing to Excellence
Pharmacy staff share their insights and contribute to the development of related best-practice models through a wide range of hospital committees and working groups, such as the Inter-Professional Practice Council, Accreditation, Recovery Model Working Group, joint planning educational committees, Quality Safety & Risk Management Committee, Clinical Applications working group, Nursing Pharmacy & Nursing Practice council, and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee.
Staff members are involved in various continuous quality improvement, program evaluation, and research activities including Failure Modes Effects analysis and Root Cause analysis. To improve on safety, our department’s next major goal is unit dose implementation.
Stay and Play Where You Work
Kingston has a distinct small-town charm, but all the amenities of a large city, including excellent theatre, shopping centres and diverse restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy living at the gateway to the Thousand Islands and Frontenac Provincial Park, and the abundant waterfront activity of the sailing capital of Canada. Families will appreciate the safe and community-oriented environment, the affordable homes, and being in close proximity to Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.