Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
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When the tunnel and the pipeline that goes inside it are finished, the run-off water will be carried to the river bottom through the pipeline. Taxpayers face tab for deficit in auxiliary hospital operation By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Taxpayers in the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home District may be requisitioned for one-third to one-half a mill this year to pay for the Auxiliary Hospital's anticipated deficit. The district board Monday night authorized the administrator to request permission from the minister of health to make the requisition on the 16 contributing municipalities in the district. The hospital this year is budgeting for a $43,000 deficit. Estimated expenditures of $606,-000 and income of $563,000 result in the deficit. This compares with expenditures of $571,000 last year and income of $566,000 for a $3,000 deficit. Estimates of last year's deficit, which the contributing municipalities may also be asked to pick up, ranges between $156 and $10,000. The actual deficit will not be known for last year until the health department makes some rulings. As the equalized assessment of the contributing municipalities is not known either at this MCLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic buck dental lab Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDO. PHONE 327-2822 time, it is expected the req uisition will fall between one-third and one-half a mill. The Lethbridge Municipal Hospital board, scheduled to hold a budget-requisition meeting Thursday, previously estimated its requisitions as high as $500,000. The Auxiliary Hospital req uisition could run as high as $60,000, depending on health department rulings. Major increase in Auxiliary Hospital expenditures this year is salaries, which are estimated to be up $31,000 for a total cost of $461,000. Other expenses are up $4,000 for a total cost of $145,000. A possible change in staff being investigated could raise salaries another $10,000. The exact salary figure will not be known until union negotiations are completed. In other business the board wrote off bad debts totalling more than $2,000. Majority of the 24 bad accounts were those of deceased persons who left no estates. Other bad accounts ware left by patients who could not be located, or by the families of former patients who refused to pay. One former bad account in the amount of $500 is being paid by a son of the deceased patient A problem of lack of hot water in the hospital was tabled until the next meeting at which time it is expected a detailed estimate of the cost to correct We can Accomodate 15 or 300 In Our Beautiful Private Banquet Halls THE SCARLET THE GALT THE MAGRATH WE ALSO OFFER . . . SEMI-PRIVATE SECTIONS In the beautiful Wesrwindt Dining Lounge Ideal for family celebration* Let's Talk It Over - Phone 328-7756 BOUQUETS ... To the St. John Ambulance Brigade, The City Police, Parks and Recreation Dept. and lethbridge Sugar King officials who did such a great job during the recent Lethbridge Arena fire. BRICKBATS ... To the hundreds of smokers who polluted the air and caused discomfort to fellow spectators at the hockey game at Taber last Saturday! the problem may be available. When the hospital was built the province cut down the size of the hot water generating equipment. The hospital now has two units of 800 and 600 gallons capacity. It has been recommended that another 800 gallons unit is required at a cost of $5,000 to $15,000. One day recently there was not enough hot water to give patients their baths. A governor on the water going to the physiotherapy department rectified the problem! but created another for the physiotherapy department Instead of having fresh hot water for a special unit in the department for each patient receiving treatment, the unit is filled only twice a day and a disinfectant solution is used between parents. According to present estimates, the new hot water tank would eliminate the small plant reserve. A special meeting of the hospital board is to be held March 31 to review tenders for the proposed 150-bed nursing home for North Lethbridge. Considerable time was spent by the board Monday night, to no avail, going over possible names for the new facility. Taylor outlines position Arena help possible EDMONTON - The responsibility for building a new arena to replace the one that burned down rests with local municipal officials, spokesmen for the provincial cabinet said Monday. Fire cause suggested Lethbridge fire department inspector Doug Kometz has suggested a possible cause of the fire which destroyed the Lethbridge Arena Friday. He raid: "a burning cigarette or even a match may have even dropped between the cracks in the bleachers and landed on the roof of the first aid room beneath the bleachers in the southeast corner of the building. The fire could have resulted when the cigarette or match ignited paper either in the crack or on the roof of the first aid room". Insurance counsel City council Monday authorized the city manager to select insurance counsel to provide legal assistance in connection with Friday's Lethbridge arena fire. Replacement value of the building, not including equipment, is given in the insurance policy as $273,000. Council also commended those who assisted in the orderly evacuation of the building, including the ushers, the public address announcer and rep-entatives of the city police, St. John Ambulance and the parks and recreation department. No resolutions were passed concerning what action might be taken regarding a replacement for the ice facility. City Manager Tom Nutting has outlined four options that are open to the city, including cost-sharing arrangements with the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Board and the Lethbridge Community College. Highways Minister Gordon Taylor, who also handles the youth and recreation portfolios, said that while Lethbridge could ask for "special consideration" from the province to help build a new arena, it is likely that local ratepayers will have to bear the brunt of the costs. In an interview Mr. Taylor said Lethbridge could get assistance from the province's facility grant, unless it has already spent those funds-which are distributed on a one-shot basis every five years. Under this program, municipalities receive $8 per capita for the first $1,000 spent and $3 per capita for each subsequent $1,000 spent on the capital costs of recreational facilities. Although Mr. Taylor didn't have the figures at hand, he suspected that with 1971 the 5th and last year of the program, most municipalities have already spent their share of the funds. A new five-year program, unless there are some unexpected legislative changes, will start in 1972 and Lethbridge could then divert its facility grant towards the building of a new arena to replace the one destroyed Friday. Mr. Taylor said the province also provides an annual $11 per head recreational grant to all municipalities which could go towards the construction of recreational facilities. But, he emphasized that the province expects local jurisdictions to operate their recreational facilities on a business-like basis, which includes having adequate insurance coverage. Mr. Taylor said that a similar case occurred in his home Federal grant Lethbridge Industries Ltd. has received a $4,000 federal incentives grant for expansion of its roller chain sprockets operation. The grant is based on a capacity outlay of about $30,000 and the creation of at least two new jobs. Grants9 delegation has no success A Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital delegation to Edmonton met with no success in its bid to correct some inequities in provincial grants to auxiliary hospitals. The delegation of hospital, administrator, auditor and a board member, tried to get across that grants should be based on patient days (the number of patients in a facility multiplied by their length of stay) rather than on rated bed days. The Lethbridge Auxiliary, for example, was paid $10.50 per rated bed day compared with $10.77 per rated bed day at an auxiliary hospital of similar size in southern Alberta. The Lethbridge Auxiliary, with a rated bed capacity of 100 and a 96.3 per cent occupancy rate, had a much higher occupancy than the other auxiliary, therefore had added costs for food, housekeeping and other services. R. AKR0YD it.. PLUMBING - HEATING and GASFITTING 2634 21st Ave. S. For New Installations and Alteration* Phone 328-2106 FREE ESTIMATES When asked why the other hospital, with a lower occupancy rate, received 27 cents per rated bed day more than the Lethbridge Auxiliary, government officials could give no answer, the hospital board was told Monday night. A statistical and financial report for the Lethbridge Auxiliary for 1970 shows the cost of operation per patient per day was $16.23. Revenue, with per patient day figures in brackets, included: provincial payments of $492,844 ($14.01); co-insurance $48,110 ($1.37); out-patients $10,658 ($.30); cafeteria $6,621 ($.18); all other income $12,808 ($.37). Expenses: salaries $430,148 ($12.23); dietary service $37,112 ($1.05); patients ervice $26,279 ($.75) laundry $11,407 ($.31); plant operations and maintenance $27,273 ($.78); houskeeping $4,188 ($.12); linen $2,070 ($.06); all other expenses $32,719 ($.93). There were: 160 admissions; 129 discharges; 29 deaths; 35,173 patient days (up 720 over 1969); 19,184 physio and occupational therapy treatments for inpatients and 3,027 out-patient treatments; 81 tons of laundry. A the end of December 97 of the 100 beds were occupied. Average length of stay per patient was 161 days. The 127,017 meals served had dietary costs per meal day (including wages) of $2.12 with food costs per meal day of 82 cents. Total paid hours of all staff was 183,337, down 3,389 hours from 1969. In other business the board reversed a decision it made last month to put the patients' trust fund into a savings account and use the interest earned for general patient comforts. The trust fund now is in a current account drawing no interest. The board learned it was not legal to retain interest from trust funds. The only way it could be done was if all patients signed a release. It was indicated some patients and kin were against the savings account idea so the RCMP looking for witness RCMP in Pincher Creek are requesting that a person or persons who witnessed a single-vehicle accident Feb. 21 near Brocket, contact them as soon as possible. The accident took the life of a 21-year-old Diamond City man when the car left the highway and overturned. board decided to continue as it has with patients' surplus funds going into the current account and earning no interest. Administrator Doug Schin-deler informed the board of another inequity of the provincial government which could help cut costs. The Auxiliary is billed for x-rays taken by Lethbridge Municipal Hospital of Auxiliary hospital patients while the government pays all x-ray costs at LMH for outpatients. It was half-heartedly suggested that Auxiliary patients requiring x-rays should be discharged from the Auxiliary, have x-rays taken at LMH as out-patients, then be readmitted to the Auxiliary. That way the government would pay for the x-rays instead of the Auxiliary Hospital. The matter may be taken up later with officials in Edmonton. COMPLETE CARPET AND LINOLEUM INSTALLATION HAMILTON'S FLOOR COVERING LTD. 909 3rd Ave. S. 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The same message came from municipal affairs minis- ter Fred Colborne, who said his department has no jurisdiction in the recreational field. Neither cabinet minister has received representation from city officials regarding the arena. PCs name Barton for East riding By JOAN BOWMAN HeTald Staff Writer The Alberta Progressive Conservative Party named its 65th candidate Monday night when city businessman Richard Barton was elected by acclamation as the party candidate for the Lethbridge East riding. The Conservatives need only 10 more candidates to field a full complement of 75 in the next provincial election, expected in the late spring. About 250 persons turned out for the nomination meeting at Ericksen's Family Restaurant, and not all of them were there to vote. In attendance were a number of Social Credit party members, including Johnnie Anderson, the only announced candidate for the riding's Soc-red nomination. Swift plant on test run Construction on tine $3.5 million Swift's Canadian Co. Ltd. meat packing plant in Lethbridge is complete, and the plant is now killing cattle on a test run prior to the unofficial opening in mid April. Jim Gough, manager of the plant, said an undetermined number of cattle will be put through the plant for the next few weeks as a final test of the facilities. The test run will also serve as a training period for about 60 inexperienced employees. When the plant is in full swing, it will employ about 130 people. Cadet news The Navy League Wrenette Corps will parade tonight at 6:45 aboard ship at 10th Ave. and 17th St. S. Girls 13-18 years w i 11 be welcomed aboard ship if they want to join the corps. The one-hour meeting, which featured Conservative leader Peter Lougheed as guest speaker, also included some political razzamatazz - two bands, party buttons, young women directing the crowd to the cloakroom or membership tables. The Conservative meeting was in contrast to the New Democratic Party nomination, held earlier this month, which attracted about 40 persons and elected two candidates who have still to decide which ridings they will contest. Mr. Barton, making his first bid for public office, is vice-president of Time Airways Ltd. Born in Lethbridge and schooled in Wrentham and at the University of Saskatchewan, the 35-year-old candidate was for three years farm director with CJOC-CJLH-TV and for six years sales manager with Oliver Chemical Co. Ltd. He established Barton Fertilizer Sales in 1965 and in 1970 sold the company to take up his present position. Mr. Barton is married and has two children. RICHRD BARTON ADVANCE FACTORY GRADE WEATHERPLY PLYWOOD 4' x 8' Sheets Sanded on 1 side Va" ... per mm 4 7 9 W ... per sheet 3/4" ... per sheet .13 .30 ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. CORNER 13TH ST. and 2ND AVE. S. PHONE 328-3301 "YOUR PIONEER LUMBER DEALER SINCE 1925"