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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Olympic-size dimensions would double new pool cost By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Members of the community services advisory committee expressed disap- pointment Wednesday that the new North Lethbridge indoor swimming pool will not be an Olympic-sized 50- meter pool But they were told by community ser- vices director Bob Bartlett that to add the necessary 15 meters to the length of the pool to bring it up to Olympic stan- dards would nearly double the cost of the pool to to million. The advisory committee said the new pool, which was described as more of a community-family pool, is a welcome addition but there is still a need for a pool to accommodate events of Olym- pic standards for the city's competitive swimmers. Mr. Bartlett said this was discussed with all the swim groups in the city but there just wasn't enough money and the north-side pool will provide everything possible within the budget. The pool is of a calibre to host swim meets at the provincial level, he said, and meets the required national stan- dards to hold the 1975 Canada Winter Games synchronized swimming event. To meet Olympic standards the pool would also have to have been wider to fit in eight of the required seven-foot wide lanes instead of the six it will have. Such a pool would have to be housed in a much larger building producing the greater costs. The pool will be housed in a multi- purpose building, said Mr. Bartlett, that will include a classroom and lounge for community use. In addition, a separate entrance to the lounge and washrooms is planned for use in conjunction with tennis courts to be built behind the new pool at 15th Avenue. N. In other business at its regular monthly meeting, the advisory com- mittee decided that applications for grants from the city by community organizations for 1974 must be sub- mitted to the committee by Oct. 26. Application forms will be available at city hall. While the final authority to approve such grants rests with city council, the advisory committee was given the job of reviewing grant applications by com- munity groups in 1972. Council usually accepts its recommendations. This year was the first full year in which this method was used and Mr. Bartlett told the committee a review of the grants which were awarded showed its grant policy is serving the city well. Grants totalling some to nine organizations were approved this year while another four were turned down or deferred because they didn't meet the criteria set up for grants by the com- mittee. Mr Bartlett also told the committee his department has nearly completed a review of the fees structure charged at city facilities and a lengthy recommended upward revision of the rates will likely be brought to the next advisory cqmmittee meeting Nov. 7, so that it could go before council before the new year The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 27, 1973 Pages 17 to 32 fc No mistaking it It's here all right, on schedule too. Autumn is all around us, as Herald photographer Bill Groenen discovered Wednesday. Above, autumn on 12th Street N., and below, at Indian Battle Park. BILL GROENEN. photos Hospital board decries nursing home shortage United The board of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital un- animously decided Wednesday it will seek a meeting with government officials to ask for immediate action to relieve the local shortage of nursing home beds. A board committee will attempt to meet with Dr. J. E. Bradley, chairman of the Alberta Hospital Ser- vices Commission, the semi-autonomous govern- Tpy ment body ad- ministrates the province's J hospitals and nursing homes. Some 81 people are locally listed on a waiting list for a nursing home bed. Don Le Baron, board member, said approval for a new nursing home by AHSC was two years away. He said some people would have to wait a long time to get in a home. In some instances the situation was critical. "Let's cut out the red tape, find out where we are and get some action as soon as we can." he said. Andy Andreachuk, hospital administrator, said after the meeting there were three nursing homes in Lethbridge and that they also served the Lethbridge, Taber and Warner counties. He said their 320 beds were full and there were 18 people taking up beds in the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital who should be in nursing homes. During the meeting Mr. Andreachuk suggested the use of some of the beds in the Taber hospital as a solution to the problem. Only 50 of the 70 beds in that hospital are now occupied, he claimed. Mr. LeBaron emphasized the proposed nursing homes would be for the smaller centres because Lethbridge already has three. Homes in the smaller centers would clear space in the Lethbridge homes for city residents Admission procedures to nursing homes also came un- der fire at the meeting. Chairman John Moreland ask- ed Mr. Andreachuk if patients were admitted according to their position on the waiting list or on how much care they would require. Mr. Andreachuk said the nursing homes received duplicates of the applications of people on the waiting list and could choose the patients they wanted. It wasn't necessarily the ones at the top of the list meetings closed The United Way board of directors decided at its monthly board meeting Sept. 18 not to admit the press to future meetings but left the door open to discuss the matter again at a future date. The matter was brought up at a meeting in June but was tabled because there was not a quorum of board members. Joe Csaki, president of the United Way board of direc- tors, said Wednesday the matter of admitting the press was "decisively ruled but "there is not full agree- ment among all board members." Mr. Csaki said the decision was made because the United Way board has a different nature than a municipal board or body to which the press is usually invited. "We are all volunteers on a, body dealing with community funds to be dispersed in a charitable manner to 15 agen- cies. Therefore our function is different than a municipal board or body, said Mr. Csaki. "We also discuss programs offered, the need for the programs of the agencies, the number of people effected by the programs and this is con- fidential information, he said. "Salary discussions and the responsibility of senior of- ficials of municipal organizations are held in private, and the allotment figure to the agencies is on the same parallel because we're discussing in depth where the money is to be allocated, he said. City hospitals undergo study of their roles The two hospital boards in the city have been asked to co- operate in a health care study by Dr. J. E. Bradley, chairman of the Alberta Hospital Services Commission The purpose of the study is to establish the roles of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and St. Michael's General Hospital in providing for the health care needs of the City of Lethbridge It is also to establish the roles of the two hospitals as regional health care centers. The study will be conducted by Alberta Systems Development Group. The Lethbridge Municipal Hospital Board agreed tne study should be started at a special meeting earlier this month. A brief summary of what the study would entail was part of the hospital administrator's report submitted to the LMH board meeting Wednesday The report was passed Andy Andreachuk, hospital administrator, didn't know when the study would start. He said it could have far reaching effects but both hospitals would have to agree to implement the fin- dings of the study if it was to be effective. 'Care for aged needs change of direction' By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer CALGARY The present system of care for the aged needs a drastic change of direction, the chairman of the Alberta Medical Associations committee on aging said Wednesday. Although Alberta has a high number of long-term care beds, because of a present split in the administration of these facilities through the Hospitals Act, the Nursing Home Act and Senior Citizens Housing Act, the full potential for care of the elderly cannot be felt. "New integrated facilities in the form of geriatric centres will enable patients to be placed in the correct level of care quickly and will reduce the problem of transfer of Dr. D. B. Wooldridge said. Lax drug control needs computer aid CALGARY There is only one solution to the medical 'Mean' hombre sought City police are looking for a man they call "the meanest guy of the year." The man they are seeking robbed the blind operator of the Canadian National In- stitute for the Blind smoke shop at St. Michael's Hospital Wednesday afternoon The operator, Len Chambers, told police a man came up to him and tried to change a bill. Mr. Chambers told him he couldn't. The man tried the same thing with a bill, and Mr. Chambers told him he couldn't change anything larger than a five The man then bought a 15-cent soft drink with what he said was a bill Mr Chambers found out the money was a bill. and pharmaceutical professions' "hit and miss" method of drug control and patient care computers, Eli Ambrosie, administrative assistant for the Alberta Pharmaceutical Association said Wednesday. Pharmacists and physicians have the same problem of dis- pensing prescription medication. It is unknown to both what medication a patient has previously received. "Most, if not all physicians, I would guess, keep patient records. Similarly, the ma-, jonty of pharmacies now keep patient medication profiles. What is now required is a means of feeding all this infor- mation into a central facility that would store and release this compiled information on Mr. Ambrosie said at the annual meeting of the Alberta Medical Association here. Mr. Ambrosie pointed out the easy accessibility of prescription drugs by citing a case where a man had ac- quired doses of various drugs over a seven-month period "This man had consulted nine physicians and had used the services of 10 pharmacies. With computers, the chances of anyone being able to acquire such a quantity of drugs would be considerably reduced. "We propose the patient medication profile be stored in a central data-processing bank which would only be accessible by keying in the patient's Alberta Health Care Mr. Ambrosie said The computer would res- pond with information flashed on a screen. This would include a list of the five most recent medications, any chronic illness of the patient, and the patient's drug sen- sitivities so to avoid a bad reaction to a particular drug. Other information, including date of medication dispensed, strength, and quan- tity would also be available to the physician or pharmacist, Mr. Ambrosie added. This centralized care would include upgrading nursing homes to provide auxiliary hospital care in at least part of their structure, and renam- ing the facility an extended care unit. "Minimal x-ray and laboratory, and senior citizens lodges, should be a part of the extended care facilities bring- ing them under one ad- ministration and possibly un- der one Dr. Wooldridge explained. An infirmary area should be provided in each facility, staffed as an acute hospital medical ward to care for the acutely ill patients. "This infirmary would hopefully act as a cushion allowing easy transfer of patients from one level of care to he added. Dr. Wooldridge also asked the AMA membership to accept a recommendation by his committee that would "br- ing the medical profession back into the area of extended care." "Extended care facilities require regular visits by physicians and it is only by regular visits by physicians that rehabilitation and patient moral and health can be Dr. Wooldridge said. Dr. W. S. Anderson, an AMA board member, said he was in favor of increasing old-age care but mentioned that such increases could "cost too many health dollars." Dr. Wooldridge said a physi- cian must take care of all peo- ple in society. It has an obliga- tion to everyone and up till now, the elderly have been overlooked, Dr. Wooldridge said. "This question of costs is the same opposition we have always run into with the AMA. These patients need to be look- ed after and we encourage physicians to attend patients in nursing The recommendations, introduced for the second straight year at the association's annual meeting, was supported by most members present. ;