Healthcare Community Consultation Held January 29

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.



Rural Healthcare Delivery – Current Research

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

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 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.