Healthcare Questions to Our Political Candidates

In collaboration with the BC Health Coalition, SOHC has crafted 6 questions about healthcare and distributed them to all four political candidates in the Fraser-Nicola riding. The candidates have two weeks to respond. We will publish their answers in our two local papers, our website and our facebook page. The BC Health Coalition will publish the questions on their website and their member organizations are encouraged to use the questions in their own communities. Continue reading

SOHC is still SOHC

SOHC has decided to change its name. As of March 18, our new name will be Support Our Health Care instead of Save Our Hospital Coalition.

Back in April of 2012, when we first started, we focused on the nighttime ER closures and were concerned that this was indicative of a hospital in decline. After eleven months working to improve healthcare in our community, we still support the need for 24/7 emergency service. We now realize, however, that this is only one component of a better healthcare system for everyone. Continue reading

Lynn Pelly, guest speaker at our Seniors’ Presentation

The following is the speech given on February 25, 2013 by invited guest, Lynn Pelly, Executive Director of Princeton Community Services:

“I’m pleased to have the opportunity this evening to review some of the services currently available to seniors in our community. Princeton & District Community Services has been in existence since 1973. In the 40 years since its inception, the focus has been on the needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. Much has changed over time but our focus remains firm. Continue reading

BC Pharmacy Associaton Proposals

If these proposals by the BC Pharmacy Association are accepted, they could mean significant savings to our healthcare costs.

  • Trial Prescription Program
  • Treatment of Minor Ailments
  • Medication Adherence Services
  • Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Community Pharmacist-led Anticoagulation Management Service
  • Pharmacist-led Smoking Cessation Services
  • Asthma Consultation Service

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News Release

From: The Town of Princeton and RDOS

March 1, 2013

On Thursday, February 28 healthcare practitioners and community representatives met with Interior Health (IHA) to discuss the implementation of an improved and sustainable model of healthcare for Princeton and District. This consultation is an IHA initiative with active participation by members of the community and all healthcare practitioners, including Dr. Sandhu who will be joining our community in August. Continue reading

Presentation on Seniors’ Care

On Monday, February 25th a small but appreciative audience attended a presentation on seniors care in our community. The first speaker was Lynn Pelly, Executive Director of Princeton Community Services Society. She gave a comprehensive report on the wide range of services provided by her organization. She explained that many of these services are under contract with the Interior Health Authority and are administered by a paid staff, supported by many volunteers. It was made clear that these important services are available as a result of government funding and that recent cutbacks have limited the scope of several services that the Society offers.

The second speaker was Gloria Levi, seniors advocate and coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy. As Gloria explained, “integrated care” refers to the need to provide comprehensive medical and non-medical home health care that considers every aspect of a person’s well being. She pointed out that integrated care is not only what seniors want, it is also the most effective and cost efficient way to provide care; “it’s the best way to get a bang for your health care buck.”
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