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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, rebrwry If, 1974-THB LETHBRIDQE HERALD-15 Indian hospital Blood band wants replacement at Standoff. Magrath Chamber to hear rail abandonment report MAGRATH (HNS) Ted Hinman, MLA, will address the annual meeting of the Magrath and District Chamber of Commerce at 8 p.m. this evening in the Magrath High School gym. Progress reports on opposition to rail line and elevator abandonment will be submitted by H. D. Boucher, chamber president, and Charles S. Matkin, vice- president. "We are trying to save our said Mr Boucher, noting the heavy work load involved in opposing rail line abandonment He feels the Alberta Wheat Pool and the railway are working hand-in-hand despite the fact the Pool has informed counties and MDs it opposes rail line abandonment. Mr. Hinman will speak on the topic, What After Jan 2, 1975? Where will you Extended flat rate calling offered by ACT at Lethbndge and rejected by Magrath, will also be discussed The following resolutions have been adopted as guidelines for the continuing efforts of the group opposing rail and elevator abandonment. The South in short Knights aid rec complex BROOKS The local chapter of the Knights of Columbus started off a fund- raising campaign for the proposed Brooks recreation complex when grand knight Garry Johnson recently presented to Russell Weibe, chairman of the recreational complex planning committee. The Knights are selling tickets on an Alberta lottery in connection with the National Hockey League Stanley Cup finals. The lottery is sponsored by the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce. A commission of is earned on every ticket sold and the K of C has earmarked its full share to the recreational complex. Elkford men lost in snow ELKFORD (HNS) Two Elkford men spent a night in the valley north of here after becoming lost while snowmobiling At noon recently Don McKay and Ed Rickman went snowmobiling up the valley north of Elkford. When they did not return home by 10 pm the wives contacted Ted Tull. co- ordinator of Elkford's search and rescue team The search was set up and under wav wi-inn hours Jo cover ill areas possible. At4a.m the two men were found, hungry and exhausted. Part of the search party returned to Elkford for help as the men were about feet down in a valley and it would take considerable effort to get them out By a.m., four men had snowsboed in with food and drink to aid them in their effort to get home. The two men were returned to Iheir families by 8 a m SNOWMOBILERS to SnowmoMto Country Cfowmost Forott o fott of bno Gorgeous Spring weather Novice or eapetlenceo: Denim accommodation FrmMbi fire- places M meato included. par Day If you supply Stooping Bag MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW CROWSNEST GUEST MUCH Phono 553-3990 Cardston municipal hospital offering same service to all patients, doctor says. Blood Indians argue hospital means more than medical service "That all available information as to alternatives (to rail abandonment) be written up as objectives for this committee and that these be submitted to the provincial and federal governments re- questing the necessary research and evaluation to determine which are feasible and to obtain advice as to their policies in this regard. "That, considering the current and growing energy crisis and the subsequent possibility of a renewed important role for the railroad systems, the Alberta Chamber of Commerce executive committee is re- quested to support action intended to suspend those actions now directed at rail and elevator abandonment until such time as alternatives and implications are researched as thoroughly as possible." Bruinsma tops sale at Shelby Lethbridge cattleman John Bruinsma was the top seller at the 2nd annual Big M Association exotic cattle sale at Shelby, Mont, Friday. Mr. Bruinsma consigned the sale's top selling animal, an open three-quarter blood Maine-Anjou heifer, purchased for by the Double H Ranch of Standard, Alta. The high selling Simmental was a three-quarter blood heifer consigned by Simmental Breeders of Cardston which sold for A total of 1S2 head were sold for an average sale of a head and a grand total of according to sale manager Bob Houser of Shelby District calendar J. C. Bouchard, manager of the Lethbridge district office of the Canada Peastoft Plan, says field officer Rollie Stewart will explain the Canada Pension Plim, the old age security and the guaranteed income supplement from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Feb. 21 in the Norton town hall. ..from to pm. Feb. 21 and from 8 to 11.30 a.m Feb. 22 in the Ctaresholm Town Hall and from 1 to 3 p m. Feb. 22 in the Fort Madeod town ban. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer BLOOD RESERVE Does a hospital mean more to a community than just a place to receive medical care? Indian leaders here are arguing that it does, and arrayed against their position is the medical services branch of the federal health department and the medical staff at the Cardston Municipal Hospital. Medical services for Indians are a federal responsibility, and at issue is how that responsibility is to be interpreted. Medical services now operates a 29-bed Indian hospital in the Town, of Cardston but according to its director, Arthur Burrows, it is staying open only until an agreement is reached between the Blood band and the government The band wants the federal government to build a new Indian hospital at Standoff, 20 miles north of Cardston, and the largest community on the reserve. The medical services branch favors an integrated hospital, using present municipal facilities, namely the Cardston Municipal Hospital. Broken off Both sides are unyielding in their positions and negotiations were broken off over a year ago. The Indian hospital, built in 1926, is served by the same seven doctors that staff the Cardston Municipal Hospital but the federally-operated facility has lost its accreditation There is no laboratory, no operating rooms or maternity wing, and no emergency services. These services are handled by the newer, larger municipal hospital across the street. The Indian hospital is inade- quate and outdated and no one is disagreeing with that The problem is the Blood band has heavily committed itself to making Standoff the focal point of the reserve a business and commercial centre serving the reserve and the Hillspring-Glenwood area just east of the reserve boundary. Band officials feel a hospital would provide a needed stimulus to development and they want the federal government to come up with, enough money to build and equip a new, accredited hospital there. M. P. Waldron, acting director of the Alberta region of the medical services branch, says be can't see the need for a new hospital in Standoff. Medical services, he says, favors an integrated hospital. "Hospitals are he says, and Indian patients would get the same type of treatment and care regardless of whether they were in an Indian or municipal hospital. In addition to the economic argument, there is always cwiuiieul rarely specific that Indians are discriminated against at the municipal hospital. But Dr. Waldron points out that the same doctors staff both hospitals. There has been discrimination in other places, he says, but usually there is an "odd, isolated case" which is jumped on as a general example. Same service "Everybody gets the same treatment, the same the doctor says of the Cartdston Municipal Hospital. Richard Mills, assistant Blood band manager, claims there is a certain amount of discrimination and some Indian patients have complained they don't get the same care as white patients. In addition, he says, many Indians would feel more at ease with their own people around. Cardston hospital personnel say there is no discrimination but Marvin Fox, Kainai Community Services director, charges some of the staff at the town hospital "just don't give a damn about Indians but there are some very concerned people there too." He accepts the fact that medical personnel from Cardston would serve a Standoff hospital but says at least an Indian hospital would be under the control of the Blood community. He also maintains that the level of service would be higher if the hospital was under community control that it would be in a better position to meet the medical, needs of the Blood people. Side-issue Caen Bly, editor of Kainai News, claims there have been cases of discrimination, but she says that is a side-issue. For her, and most Indian officials interviewed, the real point is that a hospital at Standoff could be an important stimulus for economic development on the reserve. As well, Mrs. Bly says, a hospital could give Indian people an incentive to take medical training" so they could serve their own people." The majority of Indian students with university training want to return to .the reserve to work, she says, and a hospital at Standoff would give more opportunity for that to happen. The band has commissioned a consultant to study the case for a new medical centre on the reserve and economic development co-ordinator Geraldine Holland says it should be complete by spring. This report could give the band needed ammunition whenever negotiations recommence with the federal government. Theron Smith, chairman of the Cardston municipal hospital board, says the board has "absolutely no objec- tions" to integrated health care. He only wishes a formal agreement between the medical services branch and the Bloods would be arrived at soon so the hospital board will know where it stands. At times, he says, the hospital, designed primarily to serve only needs of the white community m the Cardston district, has more Indian patients than white Occupancy And because many of the services once handled by the Blood Indian hospital are now provided by the municipal hospital, the Cardston hospital has one of the highest occupancy rates in the province. Earl Scott, hospital administrator, says the municipal facility had a utilization rate of .97 per cent in the first 10 months of 1973. This figure compares with an average rate of about 58 per cent in 16 other Alberta hospitals of similar size, Mr. Scott notes. If the hospital continues to serve the Blood Reserve, another wing will have to be added to the Cardston hospital, but Mr. Smith says if the present situation level of health care in the hospital could start to decline. The utilization rate is just too high, Mr. Smith says. While the municipal board has not taken a public stand on the Bloods's request for a new hospital at Standoff, the medical staff has. Robert Russell, representing the seven doctors serving the Cardston hospital, claims the people on the reserve supporting a new hospital are not the ones that really need high-grade health support them in providing be made through the health care." municipal hospital, the doctor And that provision can best believes. The Herald- District Trout, bass may stock Tie Lake care. Building a hospital and providing health care are two completely different things. Dr. Russell says. Even if the Bloods have no trouble staffing a new hospital and be thinks they could run into difficulty attracting doctors they could probably afford no more than two. Even to do a caesarian birth requires three doctors, he says. Too often, decisions are made for idealistic reasons, instead of considering the needs of a woman about to have a baby, Dr. Russell charges. One centre He says the medical staff would prefer to have one large facility serving both whites and Indians that can meet a high level of health care "We're not trying to build something bigger for ourselves, we're trying to CRANBROOK (Special) Eastern brook trout and possibly bass will be introduced this spring to Tie Lake, although hopes for their survival are lower than fisheries experts would like. Harvey Andrusak, fisheries biologist for the Kootenays, said the fish and wildlife branch is prepared to try planting the trout, even though the lake is marginal because of its propensity for winter kill. Bass would "probably be most but winter kill may affect them too, and besides, getting bass will depend entirely on staff being able to capture them from nearby ponds and sloughs, because the Wardner fish hatchery is not equipped to produce them. Practically no fish have existed in Tie Lake since a heavy winter kill in 1972. The fish and wildlife branch conducted a survey since then to consider restocking. Mr. Andrusak says the lake is gradually filling as part of the natural succession of such a shallow body of water. This and other problems, specifically the low water inflow and the high pattern of shoreline alienation (meaning a high potential pollution problem linked with high water make Tie Lake "marginal for fish production." The report was made available to the Regional District of East Kootenay Coaldale upgrading COALDALE (HNS) To prepare the Coaldale and District Sportsplex arena for curling for the 1975 Canada Winter Games the following upgrading of facilities will have to be done: Portable bleachers to be installed along the east side to give about 600 more seats, erect wooden bleachers over the concrete bleachers; install a public address system; install lockers, more washroom facilities and overhead heaters. This will cost from to costs to be borne by the town and the 1975 Canada Winter Games Society. 1300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX WATCH AND WAIT FOR SHELDONS PROMOTION SALE 1 Day Only Fab. 21at 516 3rd AVENUE SOUTH (MM DMT to I PK1UKBUTTEUONSCUIB 25th MNVERSMtY President Fred O'DonneH (left) and District Gov- ernor John Crete are shown cuffing the Silver Anni- versary Cake. President Fred is a charter member of the Picture Butte Lions Club The Club recently celebrated their 25th Anniversary ;