Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Hospital community centre personalizes health care WSdltSMSV, QCtODSr 17. 1173 THE LETMBHIOBE HCHALO 37 TORONTO (CP) If you have to go to the hospital, it's less worrying if you can stay near home, if you can go where your sister had her baby, where your neighbor works Stan Johnston says this at- mosphere is one of the impor- tant things a community hospital can offer in an urban setting where the alternatives are huge and impersonal Mr Johnston is ad- ministrator of Doctors Hospital in downtown Toron- to. He and Dr. Bernard Balshm, the hospital's chief of staff, say they believe an urban community hospital should go further. They share a concern grow- ing in the medical profession about the impersonality of health care, over-use of hospitals and the difficulty many people have in finding the help they need They would like to organize Doctors Hospital as a com- munity health centre, able to provide home nursing care, homemaker help, social workers. They would like to go further by becoming a centre for education and assistance to show people how to look after themselves properly and solve problems that affect their health SEEK AUTHORIZATION Dr. Balshm says -'We are trying to convince the authorities that this would be an innovative pattern We would like to develop a model We say if they would let us do that, we'll learn, and they'll learn "It might not look economical at first but in rais- ing health standards it would be economical in the long run Dr Balshm says the hospital submitted a plan to the provincial government 2Vz years ago Then health budgets were frozen and they haven't heard anything since although they have been assured unofficially that the idea looks good Doctors Hospital was found- ed a century ago by an Anglican order of nuns It became a private hospital for a few years, then began operating three years ago as a public hospital It is in a neighborhood that has seen many changes in its population and now is primarily Italian and Por- tuguese. STAFF MULTILINGUAL Its doctors are the family doctors who work in the area. Most of its specialists speak the languages the patients speak. Its signs are mul- tilingual, and Its menus are planned to please palates that are not native Canadian. "I think there is a need in the city for community hospitals We try to obviate impersonality, try to in- culcate in our staff a desire to treat people as members of their own famiiy Dr Balshm says size is a factor They hope to add to their 319-bed hospital but they want to add convalescent beds, not active beds They want to be able to provide a continuity of care Dr. Balshm says such beds would be less expensive than active-care beds because they would need less human and mechanical servicing Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Since you frequently remind your readers that emotional problems can create physical problems, I am sending the findings of Dr. Thomas H Holmes, a psychiatrist at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle He has listed 43 events that create emotional stress in order of their impact ir i i will bf sent the original an for his quote Send your ch Id s quotation to thjs paper PINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY at P.M. 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