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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 1ft - THI MTHMIDQI HIRAID - Friday, March If, 1971 No access to early blaze Arena fire said beyond extinguishers "Once the Lethbridge Arena fire had started it was doubtful it could have been extinguished with a hand fire extinguisher," Doug Kometz, Lethbridge fire inspector, said Friday. "It would have taken a lot of water and pressure, the amounts provided by a fire hose, to extinguish the blaze. To extinguish a fire with a hand fire extinguisher, the heart of the blaze must be reached," he said. This could have not been done because of the location of the fire - with a fire hose the whole area could have been drowned and the fire might have been put put," said Mr. Kometz. UNIVERSITY PLAY OPENS TONIGHT-Richard Rich a* the Common Man (left) and Ted Orchard as Thomas Cromwell appear in a scene from A Man For All Seasons, the Robert Bolt drama which opens its three-day public run tonight at 8 o'clock at the Yates Memorial Centre. Performed by the University of Lethridge Players and featuring Wynstan Jones in the lead role of Sir Thomas More, the play is the first drama for the university group and its third annual production. A Man For All Seasons, directed by Brian Tyson, runs through Sunday, at 8 each night. Tickets will be available at the Yates box office. Students selected Eight University of Lethbridge students have been chosen as candidates for four competitive positions on the CTV television show, University Challenge, March 27. Linda Fong, Dan Seyl, Don Hall, Robert Budd, Phillip Gaffney, Howard Alexander, David Iwaasa and Aiden But-terfield will work as an eight member team along with several faculty members during the next week in preparation for the program. The final four competitors will be selected from the group by a faculty committtee and Gordon Russell, U of L coordinator of student affairs. Hospital board defers decision on extending new patient care The board of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital has decided to continue the existing system of patient care on the surgical service but has deferred until May 1 a decision on whether to implement the system on the medical service. The system, known as Progressive Patient Care - Nursing Unit Assignment (PPC- NUA), is designed to provide patients with a greater amount of nursing care and to more fully utilize the skills of the nursing staff. Under the system, patients are located in "units" according to the care they need. There are four types of units: minimal care, average care, above average care, and intensive care. Each unit is self - sufficient with a registered nurse in charge provided with ample service staff. ' A desk with a well for patients' records and a mobile medications supply cabinet is located in each unit, in the immediate area of the patients. The greater the degree of care required, the fewer the number of patients in each unit. Thus minimal and average care units would have more patients than would above average or intensive care units. In the year that PCC-NUA has been in effect on the surgical service, the number of admissions has increased by 219, the number of patient days increased by 249 and the average length of stay has decreased slightly, over the comparable period prior to instituting PPC-NUA. Absences in shifts due to staff illnesses, vacations and statutory holidays during a four - month period proved PHALT J VING ^ ASHPHALT PAVING TOLLESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702 - 4 4 ion Co. Ltd. A HONE ^ - 327-3610 J more costly on surgery because relief staff had to be hired under the FCC - NUA system. ' In an opinionnaire, 38 of the surgical service staff said they wished to see PCC - NUA continued on surgery, three preferred the former system be reinstated and four were not Chambers health committee approves services policy The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce health committee Wednesday night approved in principle the 1970 Alberta and Canada Chamber policy statements on health services. LDS club plans day for students The LDS Club, University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge Community College will be holding a Red Letter Day Saturday. The day is planned to provide Grade 12 students with a first-hand look at both campuses and the social program of the LDS Club. Registration for the day will start at 12:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of the LCC. The day includes a smorgasbord supper. Red Letter Day is an annual event at the LDS Club, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Grade 12 students from southern Alberta centre - potential college or university students - are invited. Permits for apartments: $470,000 Two building permits, each for $235,000, were taken out at city hall Tuesday for two 32-suite apartment blocks on Ash-grove Road, in east Lakeview. The two apartments are the second half of a planned 128-suite project by B and H Homes Ltd. of Calgary. Two blocks, containing 64 suites, were started last fall and have been completed. MILLMEN LOCAL 2998 OF THE UNITED CARPENTERS and JOINERS of AMERICA are celebrating their 10th ANNIVERSARY FRIDAY, MARCH 19th LETHBRIDGE LABOR CLUB We cordially invite charter members ef local 2998 and special guests to be present at this banquet and dance to follow. Music supplied by "THE WESTERNERS" Fraternally yours the executive of local 2998 Committee chairman is Dr. G. R. C. Palmer. Ten members of the committee met in the St. Michael's General Hospital board room to discuss health services and how to present recommendations which would be applicable for formation into policy on the Alberta chamber level. All recommendations from the committee must be passed by the local chamber council before being passed to the Alberta chamber annual meeting in Banff this May. All Alberta policy will be presented to the provincial cabinet next September. Four main recommendations are: - Efficiency of hospital use. The committee felt government should explore the feasibility of establishing residences under private or government sponsorship whereby patients requiring hospital attention but not requiring 24-hour supervision could be maintained in the residence for the duration of their treatment. It was felt this could be accomplished at a far less cost per bed than cars in an active treatment hospital. - Consideration be given to establishing a minimum hospital fee to be paid by the patient regardless of medical plan coverage. The committee felt this might deter the use of hosDital beds by persons not really requiring them. This plan would not deny hospital facilities of a hospital for those requiring emergency care or for the care of indigent people. - Strong representation to the minister of health by the Lethbridge Chamber, in cooperation with all south Alberta chambers, to provide for a planning authority in the near future for at least a new psychiatric unit at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital to serve all southern Alberta. - The principles of the Blair Report on mental health in Alberta be implemented as soon as possible. sure which system they preferred. The medical nursing staff, after spending one day observing the PCC - NUA operation on surgery, expressed concern in four main areas about instituting the system on the medical service. They were concerned about the reduction in opportunities to socialize with co - workers; were concerned about the longer period of assignment to a particular group of patients; were concerned about the lack of full support of the system by some of the physicians; and were concerned how the larger volume of medications would be accommodated to the mobile unit system. Under PPC, patients are transferred between units according to the degree of nursing care they require. On the surgical service transfers rang ed from 4.3 to five daily in a three - month period. On medical, transfers ranged from 2.5 to three daily. Medical transfers were for reasons of preferred accommodation, to place patients in more suitable locations for care, or to free a bed or beds for admission of a member or members of the opposite sex. With the high occupancy rate at LM, transfers are often required to provide a bed or beds for the opposite sex. For example, if there is a woman patient in each of two semi - private rooms, and two men are admitted to hospital, the wome"n would be moved into one room and the men into the other. Concern has been expressed over the number of transfers associated with PPC but as the figures show, they are not many more than under the present system and the patient is assured of the nursing care required. Transfers on surgery are made for: progress or regress in condition, need for a bed, patients' request for different accommodation, postponement or rescheduling of surgery and for medical diagnosis. The board is to consider the recommendations and advice of the medical staff before deciding on whether to implement the PPC - NUA system on the medical service. SJurgery patients who answered hospital questionnaires indicated they were pleased with the care provided. SAVE top 60% ON MUFFLER REPLACEMENTS WE HAVE:  A $9.95 MUFFLER FOR MOST CARS  FREE INSTALLATION  10 MINUTE INSTALLATION  LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS  FREE INSPECTION AND ESTIMATES ALL AT IIMUTE2 UFFLER 509 6th Avenue South INSTALLATIONS Phone 328-8134 Safety council to rejoin Alberta group The Lethbridge and District Safety Council voted Thursday to rejoin the Alberta Safety Council. .As a member of the Alberta Safety Council, the Lethbridge Council will take part in the three major programs of the parent body: defensive driving, pedal pushers, and babysitting courses. The local organizations will still be free to continue its own programs within the city and district. Rock show in Calgary A reck and gem show, sponsored by the Calgary Rock and Lapidary Club, will be held in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary April 4, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The show will include demonstrations of the various aspects of lapidary work and other hobbies, including silversmithing, glass etching and leathercraft. ERNIE LAWSON - Was recently named campaign chairman for 1971 for the Lethbridge United Appeal. The 1970 campaign showed an increase of $3,620 over the previous year but still fell some $16,000 short of its $146,466. He said it was his knowledge an extinguisher had been sent for, but the outward flow of people kept the person bringing it from reaching the fire. "It probably wouldn't have extinguished it anyway." Mr. Kometz said there were eight fire extinguishers in the building and they were checked by the extinguisher company once a month and recharged once a year. "To my knowledge they were all in working order at the time of the fire." It is understood a tampering problem had previously existed with the extinguishers and they had to be placed in a position to alleviate the tampering which occurred during events in the arena. As a result of the cold in the arena extinguishers could not be left in fixed positions. While County to run own buses The County of Lethbridge schools committee plans to start operating its own school buses, instead of contracting its busing operations out to private companies. Six buses will be purchased by the county to carry students to and from the Noble Central school starting in September in a pilot project, and other schools may be added if the TTiment is successful, arry Watson of Picture Butte, was the successful tenderer for the six buses, at $48, 273. All costs will be compared for county and private operation of the school bus system. In other business, S. W. Hooper, county superintendent of schools, was directed to prepare a statement of need for the department of education concerning additions to the CoaBiurst High School and to the Dorothy Dalgliesh Elementary School in Picture Butte. The county schools committee views the additions necessary to accommodate in-creased student enrolments and new programs, v A swimming instruction program has also been authorized by the committee, which will give all Grade 4 students in the county a basic 10-hour course, using facilities in Picture Butte and Lethbridge. the building was not in public use they were stored away from the frost, said Bill Brown, superintendent of the parks and recreation department. Police plan cleau-up campaign Lethbridge city police are launching a spring clean-up campaign in business and residential areas. During the campaign police will be paying special attention to certain infractions of city bylaws and the Highway Traffic Act. A clean-up of vehicles parked in lanes or on city streets for more than 72 hours is planned. They will be towed away and stored at a local garage at the owners' expense. Other things which will get particular notice and required action are: improperly parked trucks, trailers and cars; parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or intersection; damaged and dirty street signs and improper street signing; location of fire hydrants where parking stalls are located within 15 feet for possible elimination of the parking stalls. All other infractions of city bylaws and the Highway Traffic Act, such as parking too close to a driveway, will- be dealt with. Anti-pollution measure taken at university "With the dawning of the Age of Ecology," reads a notice in the University of Lethbridge memo to faculty, staff and students, "we plan to reduce our load of contaminants to the environment where possible." The first U of L action in this direction starts Monday, when styrofoam cups will no longer be supplied for coffee in the various campus lounge ASSOCIATION FORMED The Canadian Bowling Association was formed in 1926. FRED HOLBERTON Honorary DD for Holberton Fred Holberton of Calgary, formerly of Lethbridge, will be granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the spring convocation of St. Stephen's College in Edmonton. Prior to 1959 when he entered full-time service in The United Church of Canada, Mr. Holberton was in business in Lethbridge. In 1969-70 Mr. Holberton was president of Alberta Conference of the United Church. He was the first lay president of any conference in the church. Camp session for scouters A training session in camp and outdoor programs for cub scout and brownie leaders will be held Saturday in McKillop United Church. Registration starts at 12:30 p.m. and there is a fee of 25 cents. Those attending are asked to bring a notebook, pencil and campfire blanket. The session will cover many aspects of camping and outdoor programs. Regular staff personnel will supply their own glass or plastic reusable cups, and others will be made available for visitors. The styrofoam cups are not banned - they just won't be supplied. A university official said other "anti-pollutionings" will be implemented on the campus as soon as possible. More city news on page 11 TAPE SALE Regular C Qf- $7 95 %J.&%) MUSICLAND Cor. 13th St. and 3rd Ave S. Attention Legionnaires! GENERAL STEWART BRANCH NO. 4 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION SUPPER AND GENERAL MEETING Tuesday, March 23rd - 6:45 p.m. MEMORIAL HALL This is member's night and all members are requested to bring a prospective member along to the supper and meeting. The cost of me supper is $1.00 per person. There will be two guest speakers who will talk on very interesting and different subjects. We are sure they will hold your interest. It is quite a number of years since the branch had a get-together of this nature and we hope you will take this opportunity to attend this supper meeting and participate in the affairs of the branch and at the same time show our guests how the Legion conducts its affairs. You can be assured of a most sincere welcome and an interesting and instructive meeting and evening. We will look forward to seeing you and your guests at the meeting. Don't forget to mark your calendar for this most important event. Please inform the Legion Office at 327-6644 of your intention to attend. This nformation is important for catering purposes. MARCH 23 MARCH 23 MARCH 23 ;