New Doctor for Princeton

November 19, 2012

Princeton has a new doctor. The Interior Health Authority has announced that Dr. Sandhu has signed a contract to become a physician in our community. At the November 19th meeting of the Princeton ER Sustainability Committee, IHA informed committee members that Dr. Sandhu will begin her practice in August of 2013. SOHC would like to recognize the work of Dr. Eva Idanwekhai and all those who were involved in the recruitment of Dr. Sandhu. Princeton and Area welcomes Dr. Sandhu to our community.

SOHC Executive

November 19, 2012

The following members of the Princeton Save Our Hospital Coalition were elected to the executive at the first annual meeting of the Society:

President: Spencer Coyne

Vice President: Ed Staples

Secretary: Nienke Klaver

Treasurer: Penny Goodfellow

Board member: Chris Goodfellow

Board member: Ole Juul



Annual General Meeting – October 3 at Riverside

September 23, 2012

The Save Our Hospital Coalition will be holding its first Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm at Riverside. The agenda will include a report on the Discussion Paper (available elsewhere on this website), a report on the Kelowna Rural Health Care Research Conference, a financial report, presentation of our Constitution, and election of officers. The public is invited to attend. SOHC annual memberships will be available at the meeting for the price of $2.00 or can be purchased in advance at the Similkameen News Leader office.

What about family members of a patient?

September 23, 2012
In response to the Discussion Paper . . .
Having been there with Bob, I have to say that something that is not ever addressed is the horrendous cost of accommodation and food for the supporting family member who is forced to travel great distances to be with the patient in hospital.  Read more »

SOHC receives bursary from Rural Health Services Research Network

September 20, 2012

The Save Our Hospital Coalition has been awarded a bursary by the Rural Health Services Resource Network to attend the 2012 Research Conference in Kelowna on October 2nd and 3rd. This year’s theme is Shaping Health Services and Policy through Research. The conference is an opportunity for SOHC to be involved in research occurring in the Interior Health region and its rural communities. SOHC Vice President Ed Staples and Secretary Nienke Klaver will be attending the conference where they will be participating in health care research workshops.

SOHC releases discussion paper

September 6, 2012

Save Our Hospital Coalition 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 put in place for “Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C.“.

The paper can be downloaded and distributed freely. Feedback is welcomed.  The Save Our Hospital Coalition board of directors would like to thank Ed Staples for his time and dedication to this project. SOHC sees this as the natural evolution to our struggle for long-term sustainable health care in Princeton.

Download Here


9 Questions to the Candidates by SOHC

August 1, 2012

This past week Save Our Hospital Coalition conducted interviews with the two candidates for mayor, Rosemary Doughty and Frank Armitage, and the two candidates for councillor, Doug Pateman and Rob Rubis. Each candidate was asked nine questions regarding health care issues in our community. Here are the results of those interviews.

Question 1: If you become mayor/councillor, where would you place the health care issue on your list of priorities for Princeton?

Rosemary Doughty (RD): Health care would be my first priority. When I go door to door it is the only thing that people talk about. Whatever the community wants is what I would stand for.
My model of a good mayor is Walter Despot who worked hard for Keremeos’ healthcare. I would be involved in the issues. When I went to the ER closure demonstrations, I did not see the Mayor or Council there. I would like to see Council start a monthly open information session where they share with Princeton residents what they are doing and planning to do. If I become mayor, I would like to give more information and share more information. Leadership and being pro-active are part of my platform. 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.
Download PDF Here