Bethany St. Joseph Corporation
2501 Shelby Road
La Crosse, WI 54601
Inspiring Life, Hope, and Healing
Bethany St. Joseph Corporation

COVID-19 and Vaccine Update

BSJ Community Services Update (3/23/21)
Visitation is currently allowed in all of our Assisted Living communities in designated areas.  If a person wishes to visit, he or she should contact the Director to schedule the visit.   However, we are thrilled to announce that  effective Monday, March 29th, we will be relaxing our visitation guidelines to allow for unscheduled visits in tenant apartments.  NOTE:  Visitors may not have been exposed to known or suspected COVID-19 nor experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.  Prior to visiting, all visitors will be asked to complete a screening, perform hand hygiene, wear a mask that covers their mouth & nose, and agree to maintain 6’ social distancing in the building.
Karen Sepich, Community Services Administrator

BSJ Care Center Update (2/19/21)
Great News!   All Covid-19 testing for residents and staff have been negative since January 21.  Residents and staff have completed the second Moderna vaccination (98.8% of residents and 82% of staff over age 18 vaccinated).

This will lead to some changes.  As you may have heard, we are now allowing visits in resident rooms.  This provides more privacy and comfort for residents and visitors.  Social visits continue to be on a scheduled basis to limit the number of people in the building, but we are expanding the available time slots to include 4-5 pm and 6-7 pm.  We are still limited to 2 visitors per resident.  Other Covid precautions remain in place, including masking, distancing, and sign in procedures.

We are happy to see more visitors back in the building.  If you have not already been contacted, please feel free to call Renee Walton at 608-519-9792 to arrange a time.

BSJ Community Services Update (1/19/21)
Sooner than previously anticipated, yesterday, on Jan 18th, Salem Terrace and Mill St. Manor hosted their first Covid 19 Vaccination Clinic where 58 of 62 (93.5%) tenants received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.  The remaining tenants intend to participate during the next clinic.  Additionally, 11 staff were vaccinated and the remaining four staff intend to participate at the next clinic.  Neither tenants or staff experienced any adverse reactions.  The remaining 2 clinics at Salem Terrace & Mill St. Manor are scheduled for Feb 15th and Mar 15th.

The schedule for Laurel Manor, Prairie Home and Shelby Terrace Vaccination Clinics follows:

  • Laurel Manor              Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17
  • Prairie Home               Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1
  • Shelby Terrace            Feb 1, Mar 1, Mar 29

We are all anxious to open our doors wide and invite friends and family in to visit!  Unfortunately, there have been no changes released so far from the CDC or DHS on visitation, open dining, or activities. We will continue following existing guidance until there is a change.

BSJ Community Services Vaccine Update (1/12/21)
BSJ Assisted Living Communities are registered for the federal Pharmacy Partnership program. This includes Laurel Manor, Mill St. Manor, Prairie Home, Salem Terrace, and Shelby Terrace.  This Pharmacy Partnership program began providing vaccinations in skilled nursing facilities on 12/28/20. (priority Group 1A – Part A).  The second part of the program (priority Group 1A – Part B)  includes vaccinating tenants and staff in assisted living facilities.  On 1/11/21, the WI Dept. of Health Services (DHS) provided a notice that vaccination of priority Group 1A – Part B will begin on January 25th.

Our local Walgreens, which will provide these vaccinations in our facilities, confirmed on 1/12/21 that they are authorized to begin Assisted Living vaccinations on 1/25/21.  They will contact each of our Assisted Living communities to schedule a date for a clinic to occur sometime after the 25th. Tenants will be notified when that is scheduled.  Meanwhile, staff are working in those buildings to provide education about the Moderna vaccine, which will be provided at those clinics, and will coordinate the completion of consent forms by tenants.

This program does not include our Independent Senior Housing communities (OnaMain, OnaTerrace, Welcome Home, and Windsor Place.)  When we know more about the availability of vaccine for tenants of independent housing, we will share that information.  Please contact the Director of your community if you have questions.

Marinuka Manor Update (12/03/20)
We have had one direct care staff member test positive for COVID-19 from Tuesday’s testing. This staff member worked on our 200 hall and, therefore, we will be continuing the 14 day quarantine for those residents. We are continuing to test staff twice weekly to ensure we do not have asymptomatic, positive staff working with residents. We are in communication with Trempealeau County as well as following guidance from DHS and CDC. We are continuing to screen staff at the beginning of each shift and are monitoring symptom development of residents very closely. Staff are wearing full PPE with all resident interactions.

As always, we encourage you to participate in window visits, as well as phone calls and Facetimes with your loved ones. We are in the process of getting two more resident phone lines set up so it will be easier for them to communicate with their loved ones when they desire. We will update you with these new phone numbers when we have them set up. Please call the facility with any questions or concerns at 608-582-2211.
Megan McLean, Administrator

Onalaska Care Center Update (9/19/20)
I’m writing to inform you we had an employee develop mild symptoms of COVID on Friday, 9/18 which prompted her to get tested on 9/18. She received positive results on 9/19.  She was tested on Monday 9/14  for our weekly routine testing and was negative with that round of results.
We are again testing all of the residents on 9/21 and staff on 9/21 and 9/22.  We are doing our best to ensure all precautions are taken to prevent any facility spread and assure resident health and safety.As always, if you have any questions, please contact the facility at 608-783-4681 or e-mail me directly.
We appreciate your help and support in keeping our residents safe.
Marissa Janke, Administrator

Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award Update (9/1/20)
The BSJ Board of Directors has made the the hard decision to cancel the 2021 Award and looks forward to accepting nominations beginning September 2021 for the 2022 honorees.  Thank you for all your past support of this prestigious award.

Highlighted in the news recently has been the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on people. We want to assure you that BSJ Corporation is diligently following this and want to share information about what we are doing to protect our residents, tenants and participants.

We follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and WI Department of Health guidance and protocols to maintain a safe and healthy environment. As a preventative measure we are implementing the following, effective immediately.

Nursing Homes
Due to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) and recommendations from the CDC, we are no longer allowing visitors to Bethany St. Joseph Corporation Nursing Homes unless they are medically necessary for the resident’s health and well-being. Please contact the nursing home directly with questions.

Independent and Assisted Living Facilities
Letters to Tenants from Community Services Administrator – New Update 6/18/20
COVID-19 Update letter from CS Admin 6/18/20
COVID-19 Update letter from CS Admin 5/14/20
COVID-19 Letter to Tenants – Indep & Asst Living 3/14/20

BSJ Community Services (Assisted Living, Senior Housing, and Adult Day Care) remain closed to visitors other than those providing medically necessary care or at visiting loved ones who are at the end of life.  No one is allowed in our senior communities who meets any of the following criteria:

  1. Signs or symptoms of respiratory infection such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.
  2. In the last 14 days, has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, or under investigation for COVID-19, or are ill with respiratory illness.
  3. International travel within the last 14 days to countries with sustained community transmission.
  4. Residing in a community where community-based spread of COVID-19 is occurring.

For information and updates on COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at:

Updated March 12, 2020