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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE UTHMIOCE WIALD 21, Psychiatric Care Dominant Factor During the past year, psychi- atric care and trea'.im-l nt[ mentally ill patients dominated the hospital wire in Ihe Letb- bridge area. A 10-bed psychiatric ward established in the Leth- bridge Municipal Hospital in January, 1969. Three psychi- atrisls rawed to Ulhbridge in the past year. The three psychiatrists are: Dr. Robert Gibson, urith the Cliild Guidance Clinic, a pro- vincial gov ernmeat agency; Dr. J. W. S. Angus and Dr. James Thompson. Dr. Lawrence J. Kotkas, another Lethbridge psydii- otrist, has been practising in Lethbridge for several years. Recommenda t i o n s of the Blair Report calkd for the in- tegration of mental health ser- vices into the regular provin- cial hospital and nursing home system. Other primary recommenda- of the report .calkd for active trealraent cectres to be set up and trained personnel encouraged to come to souUh era Alberta. Principal aims of the 10-bed psychiatric ward set up at the LMH were to provide better psychiatric care, serve more patients, and hopefully result in a shorter stay in hospita! for palients. Group interaction is st in the program, which includes occupational therapy, physica exercises, hospital and field trips, as well as group therapy In addition to the ward, the LMH became the first hospita of its size in the province to institute day-care psycWatri services for patients who hav previously received in-patien care in the ward. By instituting the services the Lira was able to provide psychiatric care to an add (icnal eight to 10 patients a day 370 PATIENTS In 1969, 370 psychiatric pa- tients were treated at the LMH and St. Michael's General Hos- pital with the average stay be- ing 13 days. Also in 1969 the L e t h bridge and Region Mental Rear! Planning Council was formed. The duties of the council arc look1 into the needs of south- i Alberta for implemenUlioa the Blair Report tad make recommendations to the provin- ial f, o V e r n m t n't regarding changes that should be made in e system. Some of Ihe fault? suggested y the council with the present system are: tack of psychiatric seas, poor follow-up care of pa- tients released from provincial mental hospitals, shortage .rained personnel, poor facili- ties for the drag addict aud al- coholic and the need for more KycWatrists. The main recommendation o the LRMHPC Witt be the es- UbUshnxnt of a larger psychi atric ward at the LMH. It would require to in- crease the number of psychi- atric beds to 24, from tbe pres- ent 10 at tbe LMH. This would involve moving tbe facility now occupying the designated area and renovating t to meet the standards of a ully functional psychiatric ward. A joint committee was also formed to develop detailed pro posals for the immediate crease of beds and facilities for adult psychiatric patients Lethbridge hospitals.' The committee is made up o members from tbe LRMHPC'and three roembei of .the Regional Health Plan- ning Committee which is com posed .of representatives from the the Leth bridge Auxiliary Hospital anc Lethbridge nursing bonies. NEW USE PROPOSED The LRMHPC is also kxJdn into the possibility of using tb provincial mental, hospitals a Raymond and Clartshoim active psychiatric treatmen centres. At present, the patients at the Raymond hospital are there o a long term basis and are a elderly women. The Claresholn provrodal hospital offers on custodial care but civic leaders in the town feet the facilities could be used for active trea menL Blood Indians Enter Canadian Industrial Field By UC Native ptracspaQai at Ba- ke- CMC it affidaBr Feb. S, uBBC BMotiv legerU- batman HaiOi HaoofK- Lai, BM takiat, tie krtneat of fafai attain nortieri dtyttopsaent. Tht W3A SESaCu r W1L.1 ing to- ta coo- of a gmffiai loans- toy for BH( aid aeetiaail boatei The niaat, to beta tpenttea by Jahr 1, is tt eapltir men that bdJaai height 41 feet at the wffl be Ml by 509 feet raitiaUy, HaiCe wffl tske M cent at ttie gross profit! and pKk op N per teat tf tat bOk. be are-naag (Mr nnd and the department oral development and MB tataf the bud OW. Tbe Atwrta guiuruutat eommitod le bactiag tat The Inn Destined For The Hull Block Site Many Districts To Adopt Plan ereataally, to iaitiaby, Divided School Year Big Step Perhaps no sjngle devrfop- ment in Lcthbridge education has been as important as tht introduction in 1S69 of the sem- eslerizei divided school year! The experimental system has been a forerunner, in the prov- ince, and a number of school districts are planting now to adopt similar programs. Initially the divided school year was to involve the Le'h- bridge publk and separate dis- tricts and the County of Letb- bridge school system, but the county dropped out due to finan- cial and other barriers. The Lethbridge boards heH extensive pubKc meetings and BUILDING? STORE FACTORY OFFICE SHOPPING CENTER Build With The New BEHLEN Sfressed-Skin "SPACE BRIDGE" SYSTEM Permit Flat Clear Spam to 3W Yes, the day of tht column-fret srrwturt hn dawned. At a cott that most budottt. Stmied-Skin Syttem maintenanct-frtt roof, finished ceiling, ctar ifwn. BUILDING A PUNT? plan your floor space as you like it... I we'll com it without column nuts FRAMELESS METAL BIHLDM6S giv structioo centres in some schools for utilization of team teaching. The separate school district embarked on construction of a new education centre and intro- duced a new catecnsm program for use in all stptrate scboob in the city. Dick Gruenwald, separate school Ijuacrf chairman during the first part of 1989, and still a trustee, was re-elected pres- ident of the Alberta School Trus- tees' Aseoaatwn for the second year, enabting him to continue a number of projects he had started for the association. Mr. Gruenwald was also ap- pointed to tns Com- munity College board of gover- nors early in 1370. Construction was a major topic at roost meetings of [he public school trustees during 1969, is they approved expendi- ture of more than million lor additions to the Lethbridge Col- legiate Institute, Agnes David- son and "Susie Bawden elemen- tary schools, as well DS exten- sive renovations work at most other schools. School con- struction became Unpractically expensive at one time, endanger- ing several projects. Both boards spent much of the year considering drafts of the new Alberta School Act, with re- write committes chairman Bry- ant Stringhom, an ex-southern Albertan and Mr. Gruexwakt being major workers on the new acl. The latest draft of the act Is now before the legislature and is expected to recefre ap- proval by the end of April, with a number of lar-rtaching results expected. Among the more exciting events for any Individual schools during 1969 was a bomb scare which started, when Leth- bridge city police received an anonymous telephone call Feb. IS saying that one of the junior Or senior high schools would be blown up. Some of Ibe scboois were uated and an were immediately searched, but no bomb was 'jrnxi. And just a few weeks later Lethbridge public school. board decided to do something differ- ent and quite by accident trustees stayed away m droves and tbe regular meeting, which couldn't be held for lack of a legal quorum, tt was the first ncxruoiLAu meeting in the inein- tries of any trustees! At another, more successful, meeting the public school board embcrled extensive lib- rary upgrading campaign which will cost about million over a five-year period. Tbe separte school board start- ed a simikr, though sive project soon after. W to 12 homes dafty, and from Ere to six sectional homo. Red Crow corporation, reprefcotinf the 4, 500 Blood Imhaai of the re- 1 and two the fixed tf the tl.l mflhon ptant and HaiCo provided the new company, form- ed between Red Crow Develop meats and HaiCo, it caOed Kit nai Industries Ltd., with HaiCo providing dunn the initial five' yean of the abetment HaiCo wiB abo provide man- agement, training for. tbe tual complete take over of UK operation Blood bdiam within 15 years, and within fire years, 99 per cent of the plan will be managed by Indian. The -.square foot Beh ka steel bnMng, to cost completed, to to be de- hvered from Cotambm, Neb raska. It will have 24-foot intOs with 000 tt a, U71. Ray Steak- ffTlfT meat, said he dtcs i be csEtn ort wffl be aade tae [amaa Aatfctrtty. J.T.C. identrf BaKo said the wffl be i wages as at HaXVi Lethhridta plant The program is it work, he said, aid It wffl tern n exaapte itr al CaMdt and (or afl farliaa people, v. Denis CtaUm, the Bbal BarxTt fan time avhatrial et. erdinatcr, bailed the he agntsatut n ti HbiiJi wifl hne ipread etfeets hi years tt OOBW. The Blood Indiaai avw wffl be able to live at borne, m tkor own land, win MM erty, he said. He expceti incomes, Moor OWB town, tchtol, hospital, i tore and new skills. Father Chatam saaj the de- vtiopment didn't come easy. He travelled more than miles and sat in many waitiBg rooms. He cited the plant as vocational tcbtoi in which In- dians could learo and develap skills. As a of the project a new community win be developed. UMWOYAL! 'S UTHBRIDGE i TABER FERNI B.C "Your UNIROYAL DEALER" lu Serving Southern Alberta and South-Eostern B.C For Over 34 Years Progress is mode when people seek and accept the challenge of the future We at KIRK'S are proud .of bur- small contribution to the development of our area by- operating 3 modern Tire Outlets: that are second to none offering the ultimate in Sales and Service! Pictured above li a view of ovr Ovtkt with tht rttroad plant and Mrvkt orM at the rear. Ovr Lethbridge operation it In Southern Alberta, Our Taber plant offers efficient and tour- teouj jervkes of Jim Spple and plus a complete ttock of qualify Uniroyol tirei for every requirement. Wt proud of ttn focil'lta In our ntwtit plant located in for hew are obli to offtr ifw fiiMX of le our many valuta1 fricndi and cvttorrwn In Savfh iaiftm I.C. Thttr ytari worrontM fna or ovrWi and look Ifw fvtura wifh ABILITY BACKED BY SERVICE Your UNIROYAL Dealer KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. ii M AT., w-sws TMR-4M1 2194441 RRMI 4U-7744 MST of AI rai ivanr J ;