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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, June 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-19 hospital needs to grow along with the city and district al su CRANBROOK (Special) More efficient use of present facilities will be one of the benefits of a proposed expansion ol the Cranbrook and District Hospital. No longer do hospital administrators talk about numbers of beds and feel that they have covered the subject. They talk about types of service, and the functional term is "health ft all indicates a shift in approach to integrated health services which range all the way from providing a place to have a finger cast applied or a blood test taken to intensive care facilities for delicate surgery Use of the Cranbrook hospital has been increasing noticeably over the past few years. It will have to expand to meet the needs of its growing city population as well as an increase of area patients, referred to the specialists who are beginning to practise in the regional hub. Expansion plans have been presented to the B.C Hospital Insurance Service and to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital District. The latter has approved the plans in principal, the former is studying the proposal. The proposal suggests expansion in the psychiatric unit, the physiotherapy occupational therapy area, the emergency outpatient dov care- facilities, radiology, dietary, laboratory, business office and educational facilities. It also suggests expansion of parking and building of a hostel for outpatients. The present bed capacity of the hospital is adequate to meet needs for the next five vears in medical and surgical care if the other improvements are made, says the hospital board in its proposal. "It is not our grandiose ambition to become a large regional centre, but rather to take our place as a first referral centre performing I unctions appropriate to our increased resources and says the brief. The objective is to increase the efficiency of the present system without incurring unnecessary expense. It can be achieved, says the brief, by providing care that is most appropriate and by eliminating costly duplication of facilities in the region. Specifically, the proposal suggests changes in 10 areas. Facilities for both in patient and day care treatment of psychiaVic patients must be enlarged. There was an occupancy rate of 87.4 per cent during 1973, and deficiencies listed are general: nearly every area is The Herald District too small or inadequate for its purpose The physio and occupational therapy area should be developed in conjunction with the psychiatric wing for ultimate efficiency, says the proposal.. Lack of space for group work, storage, offices and to serve patients who are waiting is the major problem. The hydrotherapy area is adequate. Use of the area has increased from in 1971 to 15.809 in 1973. The per day load has gone from 19 in 1971 to 54 in 1973. Increased use is also the major lactor in the proposal for increasing emergency, outpatient and day care facilities. They are just too small, says the proposal. Use of the area increased from in 1972 to in 1973. with a concurrent increase in day care surgery of 299 to 349. Because the increasing trend to regionalization will continue to press radiological facilities at the Cranbrook hospital, it makes sense to expand the area now, or else the whole area could have to be moved, at great expense. Special wiring and other technical inflations make the X-ray department one of the most costly to move. Already increasing use ol facilities by specialists is crowding the facility Dietary facilities are even now just marginally adequate "The kitchen has reached its maximum in terms of dietary I unction. Any increase in demand upon its facilities could create insoluble problems." says the hospital's proposal. And the laboratory is also working to capacity now. with every indication that the work load'will have to increase to meet demand. The yearly volume increased from units in 1971 to in 1973 Besides, there is no area for patients to wait or to undergo some of the laboratory procedures that are called for The business office also suiters because of the increased load, up to admissions in 1973 from 9.764 in 1971 II the population of Cranbrook itself meets predictions and reaches somewhere around within live years, admissions Irom the city will increase along with admissions of patients referred from other EK points The size and location of a lecture room and office is totally inadequate for the numbers who want to use them lor continuing education, says the brief, and must be expanded. Practical nursing students, staff of the hospital and the larger community and outside groups may all want to use the area. Building of a hostel will be one ol the main release valves for pressure on acute beds at the hospital. With such a building, outpatient treatment can be given to patemts from out ol town Those requiring a minimum amount ol care, and that possible in an ambulatory process. can be accommodated in less expensive facilities than a hospital bed And anyone who has visited the Cranbrook hospital knows about the shortage ol parking space. There is room for 100 cars, well below the federal standards of 1.25 cars per bed At the same meeting at which the EKRHD approved the expansion plan, it agreed that its administrator should investigate ways to purchase the 5.53 acres adjacent to the hospital grounds The hospital has right of first refusal on the property, a right which expires July 8 No price was mentioned. E. Kootenay residents face hospital vote CRANBROOK (Special) The East Kootenay Regional Hospital District board has approved in principle an expansion of the Cranbrook District Hospital. The Cranbrook hospital board wants to enlarge its dietary and laboratory space. It also wants more space for psychiatric dav care and out patient services. The present 10 bed psychiatric unit was improvised last year and has a 90 per cent occupation rate. Cost estimates have not been released. The EKRHD will put the total costs for all hospitals within its region to plebiscite late this vear or early in 1975 The last plebiscite, approved in June. 1970 covered the 60 bed Fernie District Hospital, now almost ready for occupation It also doubled extended care accommodation at the Cranbrook hospital and covered less costly improvements at Kimberley. Invermere and Michel. The Sparwood Hospital project has top priority in the next plebiscite. This project will include an emergency out patient unit at Elkford. 25 miles north of Sparwood in the Elk Valley. Local hospital boards are now considering capital projects for the plebiscite. Minister won't help with permit problems CRANBROOK (Special) Health Minister Dennis Cocke will not help iron out building permit problems which have become chronic in the RDEK In answer to an REDK request that health authorities not grant sewage disposal permits for projects that do not meet the zoning regulations. Mr Cocke acknowledged the desirability of co operation between provincial and regional officials, but said. the final analysis however, each authority "must be responsible for the enforcement of its own legislation." The request to the minister followed incidents when the RDEK's building inspector had to stop construction by District calendar The Women's Guild of the Church of the Ascension will hold a bake and handicrafts sale at 2 p.m Saturday in a Coaldale supermarket... The Crowsnest Consoldiated High School Band will perform at p.m Tuesday in the high school auditorium. 100 years old Dave "Gillespie of the Devon Nursing Home, Lethbridge. will be 100 years old July 4. He will be a guest for the Coleman 70th birthday celebration July 20. Gov't okays 2nd vote COLEMAN (CNPi The Town of Coleman hao been advised by the provincial local authorities board it can hold a second plebiscite on a borrowing bylaw to construct a new town office and library complex A new bylaw must be 'passed by council to hold the plebiscite and a new board order must be issued by the local authorities board. Counr.l has decided to hold a second plebiscite within six weeks The June 5 vote was defeated when a 198-vote tie resulted Following the first plebiscite, council received a petition from citizens requesting a second vote on the matter people who had been given the go ahead by the health department and" had mistaken the approval for general approval to get on with their project The RDEK felt that health inspectors could help by not issuing sewage and water permits to people whose projects would not meet regional subdivision or zoning regulations. A meeting will be arranged with the chief sanitary mspector. Gerry Penner. other inspectors, and RDEK representatives Frank Bertoia. administrator. Aid John Daigle of Kimberley. director: Mayor Vern Uphill of Fernie. director: Aid Don Sherling of Cranbrook. director: and Ashley Oliver. RDEK building inspector Mayor Uphill unleashed a general attack on the health inspectors, saying they are not doing their job. "The lakes are a disgrace: nothing is done: but they will pick on somebody with a small infraction "Tourism is called a boon to the East Kootenay. but if the health department doesn't pull up its socks, we'll be sorry we ever saw a tourist "And since we rescinded our trailer bylaw, there is no control "The health department is making a scapegoat of the whole regional board To Aid Daigle's suggestion that the health function be assimilated into the regional board. Mr Bertoia reported that the RDEK has made three separate applications to take over health inspection as a function "I expect it to come about before too long." he said Cardston council backs museum Mine rescue champions The Coleman Collieries Mine Rescue Team displays equipment used to wm the Alberta Mine Rescue Competitions at Canmore. Front row, from Jones Peter Cartwright and Dick Marquardt. Back row, Eugene Oswald, Tony Jack Marconi and Walter Fuchs. The team will compete in the Dom.mon finals June 22 at Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. Services will start costing If the B.C. Land Commission wants to extensively use the services of the Regional District of East Kootenay. it will have to start paying. Regional Planner Eugene Lee's monthly report to directors has. for the past four months at least, included the information that he has done a lot of legwork for the Land Commission. -The planning department is spending a lot of time working for the B.C. Land Commission." administrator Frank Bertoia told directors at their May meeting. "I have clocked one hour phone calls Mr. Lee has put a great deal of time and effort into groundwork for the provincial government departments, and the work will only increase." -Let's keep track of the time and bill them." suggested Mayor Vern Uphill of Fernie House honors Nimsick Mr. Lee replied that he has started a system of detailed time accounting within his department, and he will now know exactly where everyone's time is going. He explained that one of the areas in which the Commission asks help is in reviewing appeals to it on designation Mr. Bertoia said later that the original concept of the Land Commission had not been, as far as he knew, that much of the work would have to be done by the regional districts CARDSTON (HNS) Cardston town council has agreed to send a letter to the National Museum Corporation in Ottawa in support of the Fort Macleod Historical Association The association will submit an application for an exhibition centre to be located in Fort Macleod Three years ago the department of the secretary of state formulated a program and policy that is of interest to Southern Alberta. Artifacts, both three dimentional and paintings, which are either stored or displayed in Ottawa, belong to the people of Canada This policy is designed to get these national treasures out to the people throughout the country Other major museums also have objects of interest that can be included Fitness rewarded MAGRATH (HNS) five students have received Canadian Fitness Awards of Excellence in Magrath Elementary School Pupils work on their own but are supported and encouraged by the school Tests are timed and set up by the department of health and welfare according to age Shirley Neilson. physical education instructor, conducted the tests. This program has been going on since centennial awards in 1967 but this is the best record yet in elementary school. Of 126 who participated 35 received the top award of excellence: 21 gold: 37 silver: 23 bronze in Grades 4. 5. and 6. Travelling exhibits will be sent to exhibition centres on rotation basis Candidate Ernie Patterson. 37, former mayor of Clares- holm, is the Liberal party's choice to run in the Crow- foot constituency in the July 8 election. Mr. Pat- terson, vice-principal at the Willow Creek Com- posite High School in Claresholm. served as mayor from 1964 to 1973 He was industrial com- missioner from 1965 to to 1973 when the Clares- holm Industrial Airport was established providing 400 jobs. His campaign headquarters number in Claresholm in 235-3621. Liberal Andy McAlister came second in the 1972 election with 2.690 votes. TOWN Of FORT MACLEOD RESIDENTS POWER SHUTOFF All residents south of the tracks please note: The power will be SHUT OFF on June 22nd from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. for renovations. D.L. WHITE Municipal Administrator VICTORIA "s sitting oi the legislature. Mr Nimsick said it was a "very sentimental moment" for him Pnblic meeting called Innovative housing plan rejected International CLIMB ABOARD... YOU'RE IN CHARGE! CKANBROOK (Special' City council, in resolution form, has rejected the proposal by engineer C G. Mcckhng to consider the Cipher housing development concept in a subdivision proposed by EKO Investments However 1his was followed by a resolution approved four 1o two that interest aroused by Mr Meeting's proposal warranted calling a public meeting for him to outline again Uie innovative use of land which he claimed was more productive at less cost than Dingle housing accommodation His firm is consultant to EKO in a proposed subdivision of acreage on east city limits straddling 2nd SI S which adjoins Pmecrest 1o i1s north Pinerrost Golfview and Cranbrook Golf and Countrv Club which surround the- atre-age. have filed objections to lowering minumum subdivision bylaw requirements of structure space ratios, street widths, and sue of water and sewer installations, and location of the house on the lot. Elimination of five setback from lot sides and rigid setback from strrrt and lane are inefficient land use. the Cipher concept Mr Meeting's original proposal to city council, at a special meeting, was for the proposed subdivision of the undeveloped landblock into 40 foot frontages Single dwelling location on each lot would be designated without regard to present setback so that by staggering fore and aft between street and lane, and using side properly lines imaginatively, full vard privacy could be retained lowering' of existing service standards would reduce requirements on yard space. the Mecklmg plan reported Final result would be higher density use of the land parcel, but retention ol single swelling advantages On council had submitted his written proposals to RDEK professional staff planner Eugene Lee. who returned it to the city with the comment that insufficient practical detail was included Land squeezed developers in California and Ontario were reported satisfied with their application of the Cipher concept Mr Meckling is a former nn engineer, and now a partner in MerMan Engineering and Soil Testing here THE MOST PROFITABLE BUILGRAOER OR LOADER IN THEIR CLASS! 5OOC Bullgraders and 500C 75 Loaders iacfcle big jobs and tough jobs with case jobs most often assigned lo bigger crawlers Powerful 44 (net) HP and hydraulic TCVCT- ser You can add Jo this power with production boost- ing torque converter Let us bring one to your job site see how easily i! handles with a minimum o1 operator experience how Iruly nouble-1ree the International 500C Crawlers realty are Vulcan Machinery Equipment Ltd. ___._ j c Calaarv. 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