Rural Health Services Research Network

February 1, 2013

RHSRNbc Issue 20 February 2013
The Network Goes to Princeton!

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC was honored to be invited to Princeton’s Healtcare Community Consultation, which took place on January 29, 2012. This consultation brought together a diverse group of community members and stakeholders to discuss and identify the current healthcare challenges faced by Princeton and its surrounding area. Over forty community members participated within small focus groups, sharing their personal experiences with the delivery of Princeton’s healtcare. The consultation was spearheaded by Save Our Hospital Coalition (SOHC) and UBC-Okanagan’s Dr. Barb Pesut and her team of researchers. Findings from this consultation will be used to inform potential areas of future reserach, and ultimately it is hoped that these findings will help lead to an improved model of healthcare delivery in Princeton and other rural communities.

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CBC Radio – on Community Consultation

February 1, 2013

UBC Okanagan to help Princeton health care crisis

The town of Princeton has turned to researchers at the University of B.C. Okanagan to try to figure out how to fix health care problems in the community.

Since May, people in Princeton have had to make due with an emergency room that’s closed 4 nights a week and they have been lobbying and meeting with the Interior Health Authority and provincial government officials to change that, but there’s still no solution.

So community leaders decided to bring in some expert help by calling researchers from UBC Okanagan to brainstorm ways to improve health care in Princeton.

C.B.C. Reporter Brady Strachan spoke to people in Princeton about the issues.

Listen to CBC Radio Daybreak South coverage here.

Healthcare Community Consultation Held January 29

January 31, 2013

On Tuesday, January 29th the Princeton Healthcare Community Consultation was held. Coordinated by Dr. Barbara Pesut of UBC Okanagan and her team of researchers, the consultation was attended by 40 participants representing various stakeholder groups that had been invited to attend.

Ed Staples, organizing committee chair, made opening comments and then introduced Dr. Pesut who described the consultation process that would be followed for the evening. The participants were then divided into focus groups who met in separate rooms to respond to the standardized questions presented by the facilitators. Recorders kept notes on flip charts and an audio recording was made. The participants then reassembled in the theatre to hear the recorders present the results. Following closing comments by Dr. Pesut, the participants then had the opportunity to “vote” for the issues that they felt were the most important outcomes of the consultation.

The data collected in this consultation will now be analyzed by Dr. Pesut and her team who will prepare a report that will be shared with our community. This report will be posted on this website.

For further information, click on the Community Consultation links at the top of our webpage.

 

 

New Physiotherapist for Princeton

January 27, 2013

The Interior Health Authority has hired a new physiotherapist for Princeton. Filling a position that has been vacant for three years, the new physiotherapist will begin working out of Princeton General Hospital in March.

Rural Healthcare Delivery – Current Research

January 25, 2013

Here is a compilation of notes on relevant research about healthcare delivery in rural areas. There is much to explore regarding both our assets and deficits. This information was compiled by Dr. Barb Pesut and a team of researchers from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Dr. Pesut and her team will be in Princeton on January 29th, conducting a Community Consultation on Healthcare in Princeton and Area.

Princeton (Interior Health stats, 2012)
• Higher and increasing incidence of low birth weight (131.9/1000 births vs. BC average of 55.5/1000 births).
• Increasing incidence of chronic disease, compared to BC’s average (except dementia)
• Increasing numbers of in-patient admissions, acute/rehab days, ALC days
• Decreasing numbers of in-patient surgical days, surgical daycare, hip/knee cases, fluctuating ER visits over last 3 years.

Click here to read (or download) this 12 page pdf. (142K)

Princeton Healthcare Community Consultation

January 17, 2013

On January 29, the Town of Princeton, Area H (RDOS), Interior Health Authority, University of British Columbia-Okanagan and Save Our Hospital Coalition will be holding a Community Healthcare Consultation. The purpose for this workshop is to identify challenges facing healthcare in Princeton and Area and to provide information that may be used in the development of an improved healthcare model for our community.

Please note that this is not a public forum. However, if you would like your voice to be heard, please contact any community leader to have them bring your comments or concerns forward. Over 50 community stakeholders from Princeton and Area have been invited to attend this consultation. For the name of a representative that you could contact, please email Ed Staples at edwardstaples8@gmail.com or call him at 250-295-08222.

The consultation will be conducted by Dr. Barbara Pesut from UBC Okanagan, who will facilitate the process. Dr. Pesut has been involved in healthcare since 1982 and worked at Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge for several years early in her career. She is presently Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at UBCO and holds a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics, and Diversity. Dr. Pesut’s current research looks at healthcare delivery models for end of life care in rural communities.

The data collected in this consultation will be analyzed by a team of researchers from UBC Okanagan who will prepare a report to be shared with the community following the consultation.

Take Action on Seniors Care

December 22, 2012

(The following article is from the Fall 2012 issue of The Seniors Hub, newsletter of the South Vancouver Seniors Council. It is reproduced here with the permission of Joan Wright, Seniors Hub Coordinator. For more information, please visit their website at www.theseniorshub,org)

Seniors and people with disabilities deserve to live with dignity and respect.

To take action on home and community care, please:

Tell Health Minister Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid that you want full implementation of the Ombudspersons’ recommendations on seniors’ care. Send a letter to the provincial government demanding that it make critical changes to improve the lives of BC seniors and people with disabilities. Call on the province to scrap its user fee scheme for hospital care. Tell the BC government to reverse penalizing fee increases for residential care. Read more »

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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.
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