Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA)

Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA)
Barbra Gold

Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA)
Christine Touchette

Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA) - Long-Term Care
Rosalie Dion


Barbra Gold - Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors
Barbra Gold

Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA)
Barbra Gold

I am pleased to welcome Barbra Gold as Director of the Support program for the autonomy of seniors for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

In this new role, Ms. Gold will oversee the teams working in long-term care, home care, day centres, and intermediate resources for our patient population.

Ms. Gold began her career in 1979, working in various administrative positions at the Jewish General Hospital. In 1991, she was hired as Executive Director of Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, and took on the additional role of Executive Director at Jewish Eldercare in 2005. Under her leadership, both Maimonides and Jewish Eldercare received a number of national awards and recognition for patient-centred care. Both were the first long-term care centres in North America to receive gold designation, which is the highest level of designation from Planetree–an international organization focused on patient-centred health care (2013).

From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Gold served as President of The Association of Jewish Aging Services of North America, which is based in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Gold has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa.

“I am very excited to take on this new challenge,” says Ms. Gold. “My goal is to improve the patient experience for seniors across the continuum of care, and I look forward to contributing to the implementation of the integrated healthcare model.”

Together with Ms. Gold, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. With her years of experience in healthcare with a focus on the specialized needs of seniors, I believe she will introduce changes for their benefit at all points of care across our CIUSSS.

Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President-CEO

Christine Touchette
Christine Touchette

Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA)
Christine Touchette

I am pleased to welcome Christine Touchette as Associate Director of the support program for the autonomy of seniors (SAPA) for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).

In this new role, and along with Barbra Gold, Director of SAPA, Ms. Touchette will oversee the planning, organization, control and evaluation of the range of clinical services provided in long-term and temporary care facilities, in intermediate resources, home care, and day centres. She will also work to ensure that the services offered through the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal meet the needs of seniors in our care who are experiencing a loss of autonomy. Ms. Touchette will seek out innovative ways to strengthen community-based support to avoid the need for seniors to be hospitalized.

Most recently, Ms. Touchette spent three years in a director position at CSSS Cavendish. At the beginning, she was responsible for long-term care, and then transitioned into SAPA in long-term care and CLSC settings.

Throughout her career, Ms. Touchette has worked in healthcare, with specialization in senior care and services. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work, and a range of experience in various health environments including CLSCs, long-term care facilities, intermediate resources, day centres, hospitals and community geriatrics units (UTRFs). With this background, she has a comprehensive knowledge of the continuum of care and services for seniors.

“The current reform presents a unique opportunity to create a true continuum of care and services for seniors,” says Ms. Touchette. “This new way of functioning will allow us to harmonize our models of practice in a way that best meets the needs of our patients and facilitates access to and provision of care. Additionally, we will realize our objectives by implementing best practices and using advanced technologies both in healthcare institutions and in community services.”

Together with Ms. Touchette, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. With her vision and experience, and the expertise in our leadership team, I believe our talented and dedicated staff will be engaged and motivated to develop a range of services that provides an exceptional experience for seniors in our care.

Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO

Rosalie Dion
Rosalie Dion

Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA) - Long-Term Care
Rosalie Dion

I am pleased to welcome Rosalie Dion as Associate Director of the Support Program for the Autonomy of Seniors (SAPA) - Long-Term Care for the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (CIUSSS West-Central Montreal).

Ms. Dion will be responsible for 1,189 long-term care beds in the area covered by CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. She will ensure that the care and services are of high quality and are tailored to the needs of clients experiencing a loss of autonomy. Ms. Dion will continue her work to align and standardize care practices and clinical programs based on current best practices across all long-term care centres. 

Ms. Dion began her career as an emergency room nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. She also provided care in the community while working at the CLSC de Verdun in regular care services. Ms. Dion earned a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Montreal, where she focused her research project on wandering, one of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Before taking on the role of Director of Nursing at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre and Jewish Eldercare Centre in 2013, she held the position of Senior Advisor of Specialized Care, Long-Term Care Component, at the CSSS Ahuntsic-Montréal-Nord for several years.

“Surrounded by a dynamic team, I am proud to be playing a key role in transforming the healthcare system for our elderly clientele,” says Ms. Dion. “In my eyes, they are very important not only because they represent most of the clients in our current healthcare system, but also because they have a wealth of life experience, values and traditions. Our residents deserve quality care and services throughout their healthcare experience.”

Along with Ms. Dion and the other members of the management team, and in partnership with all the establishments in our network, I am enthusiastic about this new era in healthcare. She has demonstrated solid expertise in long-term care particularly in the SAPA component, and her dedicated commitment to this clientele is an asset.

Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO