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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Intensive care program okayed TAElER (HNS) - Establishment of a two-bed intensive care unit at Taber General Hospital was approved by the board of directors at its recent meeting, but only on condition that no new nursing staff positions could be created. The board's approval was on the recommendations of a delegation from the medical staff. Correction RAYMOND (HNS) - Stan Clements is a fisheries technician from Lethbridge and not a fish biologist from Regina as reported in the Tuesday, Jan. 26, edition. Bonspiel set BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) - Blairmore Elks' 16-rink annual curling bonspiel for local members' and members of the Blairmore Order of the Royal Purple lodge will be held in the local arena Feb. 6 and 7. The event will begin with one draw Saturday, Feb. 6, and a social evening will be held in the Elks Hall on the Saturday, It will feature a "sheep and goat event." A committee was set up to implement the program "as far as possible." Public donations provided equipment purchased in 1969 which enables the hospital to care for one patient. The board anticipates further donations will be forthcoming to provide for the new coronary and lnten* sive care unit. Dr. C. J. Wesley Dick was appointed chief of medical staff f o r 1971. Other medical staff and committee appointments were approved. Board chairman T. H. Addy, chief of medical staff Dr. Dick, and hospital administrator Mrs. Mary W. Harding, attended the recent Alberta H o s pital Association institute in Edmonton. The board also approved medical staff rules and regulations as drawn up by the medical staff of the hospital. The board authorized painting of the dietary area by an outside contractor and approved payment of accounts totalling $47,516 for payroll and $22,109 for operating expenses. The hospital board received a report from the hospital auxiliary for 1970 indicating con siderable sewing work done and other assistance in providing patient comfort. Two table chairs were donated by the auxiliary for senior patients' use. Ill Wtifrmdoy, January 47, Wl - THB ItTHBRIDOI HIRAID - 3 Pediatrics space needed BOW ISLAND (Special) -The continuing problem of space for pediatrics was discussed by the board of trustees PEIGAN HEALTH CENTRE - Buty teach ing health; programs and holding clinics are these members of the Peigart Health Centre, from left, Jan Frith, nurse, Mrs. Flo-rence Small Legs and Mrs. Vara Potti. - Klapi News Photo Preventive medicine offered to Peigans PINCHER CREEK (Special) The Peigan Health Centre is located in the kindergarten building in downtown Brocket. It is under the direction of the department of national health and welfare and is one of 17 centres and nursing stations established on reserve- College Shopping Mall 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive tions in Alberta by the department. The function of the centre is to promote a program of preventive medicine on the reserve. Since the closure of the Indian Health Services Hospital at Brocket, emphasis has been shifted to public health, although a certain amount of first aid treatment is still carried out. Persons requiring treatment beyond the first aid level are encouraged to consult local doctors in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod. The public health program is varied. Some of the duties of the nurse include health teaching, advising and counselling. Most of the work is done in the homes on an individual basis. It may range from nutrition, budgeting, control of communicable diseases, care of sick children and chronically ill adults, to basic sanitation and disposal of wastes. Almost all counselling is done in the home. It usually arises from specific problem areas of which the nurse has become aware. Programs include immunization clinics for preschool children and infants, the school health program, chronic disease follow-up, liaison with allied agencies involved on the reserve, tuberculosis follow-up, prenatal and postnatal care, and work with the local health committee. The objective of the whole program is to promote a healthy way of life among the Indian population, by preventing physical, mental and social disease and by encouraging self-help attitudes and independence. Staff at the health centre includes a full time public health nurse, Mrs. Jan Frith, a community health worker, Mrs. Florence Small Legs, and clerk Mrs. Vera Potts. The community worker is an important, member of the health team. She is a member of the community who has had basic training in sanitation, community organization and health education. Her job is to help achieve the objectives of the public health program by interpreting the programs to her people, health education and helping the people to help themselves. She speaks Blackfoot and English fluently. She is instrumental in helping the nurse understand the people's attitudes and helping the people understand the whys and wherefores of the health program. She is also valuable as a resource person and counsellor, as part of her training includes getting to know what human resources are available in the immediate area and who the allied agencies are. The health centre clerk's job is to do the typing, filing, rec ord keeping and janitorial work at the centre. She is actually the basis of the smoothly operating team, there all the time to help find the pertinent information needed, or the slip of paper with very important notes on it that got' stuck away somewhere. The health centre is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. St. Martha's donate $60 to pool fund BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) - St. Martha's Sewing Group of Blairmore donated the sum of $60 to the Crowsnest Pass swimming pool fund. The money was raised through a draw. Mrs. Pat Heisie, secretary, made the presentation to recreation director Miss Bonnie Porter. of the Bow Island Hospital here recently. It was discussed earlier by the medical staff. In light of a dCDarlment of health letter asking for more details, the board decided to approach an architect for an opinion on a proposal to use part of the nurses' residence for offices. This would free some space for a pediatrics ward. A six per cent increase in salary for ward aides was approved. A payment has been received from the Alberta department of health which brings the grant for outpatients close to 100 per cent of the cost. Mrs. Mullaney, director of nursing, reported more surgery is being done in the hospital. The Infection control committee noted improvement in this program, The new program of duties for registered nurses and certified nurses aides went into effect Jan. 4 and is working well. The medical staff presented recommendations f o r equipment purchases. Needed are: a safer examination table in the emergency room; a fibre optic type sigmoidoscope; and playpens for children. Dan Vandenberg was reelected chairman. Others re-elected arc: Clarence Wealherhead, vice  chairman; and N. Vucurevich, secretary. Mi-. Vucurevich is hospital administrator. More district on page 18 ANNUAL MEETING RAYMOND GOLF CLUB Saturday, January 30th - 8:00 p.m. TOWN HALL, RAYMOND EVERYONE WELCOME 80th birthday marked by Mrs. Earl Harker MAGRATH (HNS) - Mrs. Earl Harker, well-known Magrath pioneer, marked her 80th birthday here recently. Friends and relatives called for an evening of reminiscing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Harker. Among those on hand were Mrs. Hattie Harker, Mrs. Irene Strang, Mrs. Belle Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Bums Harker, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wakefield and Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo Davies. Mrs. Harker, the former El-ma Miller, came to Magrath in 1902 from Lehi, Utah, with her parents, the late Martin and Christena Miller. She is the only survivor of a family of 10 children. In 1911 she married Earl Harker. They reared eight children: Blaine and Doug of Magrath; Lee and Ted of Lethbridge; Gold of Calgary; Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Barber of Los Angeles, Calif.; and Mrs. Wilson (Jean) Woodger, Ron an, Mont., Blair Harker was killed in action while serving over" seas with the RCAF in 1943. There are 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Harker lived in Magrath until 1969 when they moved to the Chinook Foundation at Cardston, MRS. EARL HARKER INVENTORY REDUCTION Special 15% discount for cash on all MF parts in stock at DICAN EQUIPMENT LTD. 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