News Release

March 6, 2013

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. Read more »

Presentation on Seniors’ Care

March 1, 2013

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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‘A GP for Me’

February 22, 2013

BCMA president Dr. Shelley Ross joined Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid in launching a new province wide program, A GP for Me. This program is based on a successful pilot program that matched patients with doctors. As well, a separate and complementary program is being created to support hospitalized patients in receiving care from family physicians.

The innovative approach to improving primary care services and finding family physicians for patients was piloted in the communities of Cowichan Valley, Prince George and White Rock-South Surrey. The approach has already matched more than 9,000 patients – who did not previously have GPs – with family doctors.

In the pilot communities, through the collaborative local efforts, new primary care clinics were opened for patients, more doctors were recruited, and more multi-disciplinary teams were developed, which included nurse practitioners and mental health workers.

The new programs being launched throughout the province are initiatives of the General Practice Services Committee, which is a partnership between the Ministry and the BCMA.

Read: Government and doctors partner to improve primary care at BC Government Online NEWSROOM

Seniors’ Advocate

February 21, 2013

Do you think this ‘new’ seniors’ advocate will be helpful, or do you think it is just window dressing.


We will let our readers decide for themselves, but I am curious to hear if Gloria Levi has anything to say about this on Monday February 25.

Community Consultation Invited Stakeholders

February 19, 2013

PHCC Stakeholder Groups

Allison Lake Community Association

Area G Regional Director (RDOS)

Area H Regional Director (RDOS)

BC Health Coalition

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Princeton Community Healthcare Consultation & Action Plan

February 15, 2013

These are the results of the Princeton and Area Healtcare Community Consultation, which took place on January 29, 2012.

Prepared by: Barbara Pesut PhD, RN

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair, Health, Ethics and Diversity School of Nursing, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus

Rural healthcare delivery is complex. Each community, shaped by a unique history, geographic location and social context, has strengths and needs that collectively make up its capacity for care – capacities that shift in relation to population and resources. When healthcare needs outweigh capacities, communities reach critical points requiring focused attention. Such has been the case in the community of Princeton, British Columbia. As Interior Health and strategic partners seek to solve the complex healthcare issues, various advocacy groups have arisen in the community to better understand and support the necessary change. The Save our Hospital Coalition has been one such advocacy group. As part of the work of this Coalition, members sought to better understand the perceptions of the community regarding healthcare delivery. A community based consultation was organized to solicit the perspectives and experiences of a group of Princeton citizens. This was not a fact finding mission in that no attempt was made to verify participant’s claims. Rather the purpose of the consultation was to glean the ‘story’ from the community’s perspective, recognizing that this story is an insight into the collective wisdom that forms an essential part of the solution to such a complex

The report covers 19 pages. We have posted the Summary and Conclusion below, but you can view or download the rest of the report here.

Summary and Conclusion

The purpose of this consultation was to gather collective community wisdom and perceptions about the strengths and challenges of healthcare delivery in Princeton. The consultation revealed a number of strengths that support capacity for innovation and change. Five priority challenges were identified: physicians and 24/7 emergency room coverage; escalating downsizing of services; emergency medical services; the impacts of commuting for care; and conflicts in responsibilities and accountabilities for healthcare. Participants shared a number of potential innovations to address these

Conversations that fostered the sharing of information and the correction of misinformation were an important aspect of this consultation. Participants brought a variety of perspectives, and information was shared that was not known by other participants. Many were not aware of the work that was being done on their behalf by healthcare leaders. This consultation is one contribution to a much larger strategy to solve the identified issues. The willingness of citizens to participate, and the conversations that occurred, revealed the degree of engagement of the community. Engagement at this level is a powerful resource for change, which bodes well for the future of healthcare delivery in Princeton.

SOHC Action Plan

Based on the concerns and issues identified in the Community Consultation Summary, SOHC developed an Action Plan to act as a roadmap for the development of an improved health care model for Princeton. To view the Action Plan, click on the following link:

pdf Action Plan – Community Consultation

Survey by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

February 15, 2013

SOHC received the following information from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This will give Princeton and Area residents a say in what they want their health care tax dollars to be spent on. Deadline is February 18.

This year, as part of CCPA’s Alternative Federal Budget project, we’re asking how innovative health care funds should be distributed in your community. We’ve created a participatory health innovation fund so that you can show us what kind of health infrastructure would reflect and serve the priorities of your community.

Visit and submit your answer by Monday, February 18th. The results of this consultation will be included in the 2013 Alternative Federal Budget.


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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
Download PDF Here