Interesting Article about Changes in Rural Canada.

February 6, 2013

With emergency room closures and wait times in excess of five weeks, a radical idea has emerged in rural Canada.

ERs without doctors?: New rural emergency centres rely on nurses and paramedics at night

I imagine Gloria Levi will have something to say about this on February 25, when she comes to Princeton to talk about alternatives to improve Senior’s Care.

February 6, 2013

British Columbians deserve a modern and procedurally fair adult guardianship process

Provincial Ombudsperson Kim Carter released today her latest report No Longer Your Decision: British Columbia’s Process for Appointing the Public Guardian and Trustee to Manage the Financial Affairs of Incapable Adults. According to the report, vulnerable adults can lose the right to make financial and legal decisions for themselves if a health authority issues a certificate of incapability under a law that is outdated and through a process that does not provide adequate procedural protection.

The reportexecutive summarynews release and fact sheet can be found at

“How the digital revolution will create better healthcare.”

February 6, 2013

MSN Video – Rock Center with Brian Williams

This is absolutely fascinating.

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.

Everyone Has A Stake

February 3, 2013

The community of Princeton and Area H is indebted to Dr. Barbara Pesut of UBC Okanagan for her involvement in the Community Consultation held on January 29 at Riverside Community Centre. Dr. Pesut is a nationally recognized researcher and her generous offer to assist us in our efforts is very much appreciated. Dr. Pesut has extensive experience that began with several years at Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge. She feels a connection to our community and this may have been part of the reason why she offered her services to us. For more information on Dr.Pesut, including a list of her current research and recent publications, visit

The Community Consultation followed a research-based process whose planning required pre-knowledge of the number of participants which explains why it was by invitation only. This also satisfied the requirements built into the consultation process. Read more »

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.

Visit the RHSRN BC website.

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.




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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