Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, March 9, 1974 Pages 19-36 Young Mr.-Fix-it David Obbagy, 4 of Milk River adjusts a spark- plug on an electric power plant at the Hagen Electric booth at Ag-Expo. With energy crisis and lots of winter still ahead, David wanted to make sure somebody got the most efficient unit available. RICK ERVIN photo Programs tresses rehabilitation Auxiliary care view shift affirmed "A therapeutic day program" for patients in the Auxiliary Hospital in Lethbridge is reaffirming a shift from the traditional view of auxiliary care. The day program, aimed at rehabilitation of the long-term patient, is part of a continuing concept that overrides the outdated view that an auxiliary hospital is a place to die when nothing more can be done for the patient. The objective of the program is to "promote efficient utilization of hospital beds in active treatment and auxiliary hospitals by providing daytime, rehabilitation services Director of nursing for the Auxiliary Hospital, Donna Smith, says the program, which includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, and dietary services, makes it possible for patients to receive treatment in the hospital while living at home. The program has been designed for three types of patients and is being funded through the Local Initiatives Program. The program is open to persons in their homes, nursing homes or senior citizens lodges who are able to remain there while taking advantage of therapeutic services on a daily basis, persons in active treatment who have been approved for an Auxiliary Hospital and persons in the Auxiliary Hospital whose stay can be shortened by the day program. Both the Alberta Hospital Services Commission and the Lethbndge Auxiliary Hospital have been promoting the concept of shorter stays in auxiliary facilities. Since 1970 the average length of stay per patient in the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital has decreased to 84.9 days from 137.8 days. Hospital administrator, A. A. Andreachuck says this is because of the increased emphasis on rehabilitation. Rehabilitation of the long- term patient can help the patient return to the community or transfer to a nursing home. The Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital is a 100-bed facility that provides rehabilitative treatment for both short-term and long-term patients. "Every effort is made to adopt necessary hospital routines so that all patients, conditions permitting, may be as independent as possible and may maintain a life style which is as close as possible to that to which they are he says. Some ways this is attempted at the LAH is patients are encouraged to "decide and do" as much as possible by themselves. Patients are also encouraged to wear their own clothes. "This encourages normal activity and relationships with others which are sometimes inhibited by traditional hospital garb." Patients also have recreational activities in which they can participate, including church services, film showings, baking, discussion groups, and handicrafts. For the day therapy program the hospital has asked local physicians to help in referring patients who need this type of care. The patient's physician would retain responsibility for medical care and supervision of the patient. Folk festival features art of ethnic groups More than 20 ethnic groups will be represented March 17 at the 1974 International Folk Festival at the University of Lethbridge. The festival, sponsored by the Lethbridge Folk Arts Council and U of L. will open at 9 a.m. with displays of artifacts, handiwork and costumes in the art gallery. An international luncheon will be served in the cafeteria at noon and an ethnic concert will take place at 2 p.m. in the gymnasium. The concert will feature representatives of Japanese, Ukrainian, Polish, Chinese, Rumanian, Italian, Dutch, Scottish. Irish. German, Spanish, French, Philiipine, East Indian and Native cultures. New hospital approval unlikely for Pincher By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Approval to build a new hospital in Pincher Creek instead of renovating that town's old facility will not likely be'given by the Alberta Hospital Services Commission, provincial commissioner of hospitals said here Friday. Larry Wilson said the commission made its decision to renovate after recommendations from various committees, including one organized by the Pincher Creek hospital board for St. Vincent's. Reports from a team sent by the commission to Pincher Creek to study the hospital, the commission's planning committee and the hospital board's planning committee pointed to a "logical- approach" renovation of the old building, he said. Mr. Wilson backed the commission's decision, which is being fought by citizens in the town, saying cost estimates made by the commission for renovations and building a new hospital indicate money would be saved through renovating. The cost estimates however have only been released to the St. Vincent's board, not the public, and this is a bone of contention among citizens of Pincher Creek. Figures mentioned by the AHSC to the St. Vincent's board, in a closed meeting during planning of solutions to the hospital situation, indicated difference of almost million between the two solutions. A hospital board member released the minutes of the meeting which said renovation of the 1948 wing of the hospital and replacement of the 1908 wing would cost about The building of a new hospital would cost Mr. Wilson would not substantiate or deny these cost estimates that the minutes attribute to the AHSC "The exact cost cannot be determined until the architect is finished his designs and tenders are out I don't know when the architect will be he said. Physicians and townspeople of Pincher Creek opposing the renovation plans have said a cost estimate should be released now because the decision was supposed to be based on economics. Mr. Wilson rebuffed this and other claims against the decision, including renovation noise disturbing the patients and the use of multi-purpose beds. The architect and planning committee can work put solutions to the noise problems during renovations. Many hospitals have been renovated with only curtains separating patients from the workmen and none have died, he said. Also the use of multi- purpose beds beds that can be used for acute treatment or extended care are being implemented with success in other hospitals in the province, he said. Gov 9t action, weather brought crop reduction A violent increase in demand for agricultural products coupled with a decreased supply has been blamed for dramatic price increases during 1973 and no real change is likely in 1974, says a grains expert. John Channon, chairman of the Alberta Grain Commission in Edmonton, told about 100 farmers at an Ag-Expo agricultural seminar Thursday on the supply side, crops were reduced in many parts of the developed world because of weather and to some extent inappropriate government action. Adding to the dwindling- stocks of grains was a decision on the part of Russia to enter the buying market for supplies. It was necessary to buy huge amounts of cereal and feed grains to maintain a growing livestock population in Russia which includes a cattle herd equal to the United States, a larger bog population and a sheep flock greater than all of North America. By buying feed for these animals, Russia was able to use its domestic grain supply to feed the public. Aiding the Russian purchases were gold holdings used to pay for the grain. Gold as the buying power helped the Russians because it had increased more in value than the grain they bought. On top of this, many countries started in commodities such as soybeans and rapeseed when they lost confidence in paper currencies. In short, said Mr. Channon, 1973 witnessed one of the strongest inflationary moves in commodity trading history. Nobody was able to predict soybeans or a hundredweight for cattle or hogs. Looking to the future, Mr. Channon said governments likely won't curtail spending and inflation will continue. The money explosion will occur again and with a possible continued devaluation of currencies, commodities will tend to increase and prices will continue to rise. But he suggested the price increases in 1974 won't reach the dramatic of 1973. It will take a record crop throughout the world for two or more years in a row to even steady price levels at the higher plateau evident now. In a question period following his address, Mr. Channon predicted farmers will likely remain with crops they are used to in 1974. I 4Most comprehensive' Health study base for others A health study to be carried out in the Lethbridge area will probably act as a base for similar studies to be carried out in Alberta, commissioner of hospitals for the province said here Friday. The study will be the most comprehensive to be carried out in Alberta, commissioner Larry Wilson said. The Alberta Hospital Services Commission is looking at seven "catchment areas" in Alberta and the experience in Lethbridge will "reflect on these other areas." The study, being developed by a six-member steering committee and the AHSC, will investigate areas of health care including ambulance service, health workers, home care, disaster planning and travelling clinics. Mr. Wilson and Runo Berglund, commissioner of finance for the AHSC, met with the steering committee Friday to discuss planning and implementation of the study. The steering committee is comprised of people from various disciplines including medical and hospital representatives There will be community members on various subcommittees to be formed by the planning group. The commission has done in-depth studies of health care in other areas but this project involves the community, Mr. Wilson said. The object of the study is to help eliminate duplication of health services in the region, fill gaps in existing services and decrease health cost escalation. "Wherever we can merge and consolidate services we can reduce rising he said. Administration of the study will be carried out by the Alberta Systems Development Group in co- operation with the Alberta Hospital's Association, AHSC, the steering committee and the University of Alberta. The steering committee, following Friday's meeting, will be drawing up a final plan for the study and presenting it to the commission for final approval. It will not be until this approval that a cost estimate of the project can be given. Although the health study will also examine the need for nursing home care Mr. Wilson did not discount the establishment of a nursing home in Taber before the study is completed. If the district board demonstrates a need for the nursing home and the AHSC has funds a nursing home could be approved, he said. BILL GROENEN photo Solitary hiker The immensity of the CPR bridge is graphically illustrated as it towers over a solitary hiker and the Oldman River. Weather for strolling should be good this weekend with the weatherman promising chinooks. City public school art classes have changed with the times By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer Color the leaf tn pretty autumn colors and cut it out and paste it in your scrapbook. That was what school art classes were about in the past But times have changed and art classes in Lethbridge public schools have changed with the times. The art curriculum is now held together from year to year and medium to medium by artistic criteria, says Neil Johnson, fine arts coordinator for the public schools. Balance, rhythm, line, color, harmony and texture apply to sculpture and ceramics as well as painting and drawing, he says. Media used include drawing, painting, sculpture including ceramics and jewellery design and fabnc arts such as batik, weaving and macrame. Garry Shilhday, an art teacher at Winston Churchill High School, says students can even provide their own material if they want to work in media the school doesn't provide. Mr. Johnson says art is compulsory in elementary schools, where it is taught by classroom teachers. There are some art specialists for the upper elementary years, he says, but not in all schools In junior high school and high school art is an "option with a structuied curriculum. It is a five-credit matriculation subject in high school, he says Both high schools in the public system have art specialists among their teachers. Jean Gregg, a teacher at Lakeview School, says art is for the individual. "We wouldn't think of having 30 anything that took alike." "It's not really creative art if 30 children cut out and color the same she adds The day of coloring a picture of Santa Claus at Christmas and cutting out shamrocks for Si. Patrick's Day is past. Elementary pupils spend six to eight weeks on each medium, says Ms. Gregg- The objectives such as shading. color and texture are kept in mind. The media are teaching methods. Pupils can learn color from making ceramics, she says. They can find out how shading and texture can be achieved in paints, and balance in prints. The lessons are not isolated from each other students improve visibly as time goes on. Mr. Johnson says art is taught in schools to teach what constitutes beauty. As adults, students will have to make responsible, esthetic decisions and should understand the importance of parks and sculptures in cities. Art production is individual, but its effect on the whole community is more important, he says. more to it than just a leisure-time Mr Shilliday says having the same goals from Grade 1 to Grade 12 gives the Lethbndge public schools one of the few sequential art programs in the province. The elements of design are the same in two-dimensional and three- dimensional art and the courses are structured around the various instructional media. The basic object of art instruction is met in Art 10, he says When the student is familiar with basic media, he can work oat the rest of his program with the teacher. Students interested in arts as opposed to crafts can take art 10, Art 20 and Art 30. Those interested m crafts such as weaving or Jabric printing take Art 21 in Grade 11 and Art 31 in Grade 12. but he says crafts are taught according to the same artistic criteria as art. A wide variety of media are offered, and technical as well as esthetic skills an? developed. In ceramics, for example, students make their own glazes and their own molds instead of using commercial products. Mr. Shilliday says media are rotated every two or three weeks, but because some projects take longer than that to complete, instructional videotapes are available Art is a popular course at Winston Churchill, he says all art classes were foil by 10 a.m on registration day last year.