Princeton

Support Our Health Care Society       http://www.sohc.ca

Edward Staples, President              edwardstaples8@gmail.com
Bill Day, Vice President                    witsend001@gmail.com
Nienke Klaver, Secretary                 tulameennienke@gmail.com

The Support Our Health Care (SOHC) Society of Princeton is a grassroots movement dedicated to the improvement of health care services in Princeton and Area.

Our Vision: Our future includes a model of health care that serves Princeton and Area from “cradle to grave”, competently and efficiently, with Princeton General Hospital at the core of these services. The renewal of our health care services will ensure that our community will thrive.

Our Mission: Dedicated to the development of Princeton as a model of excellence and innovation in rural health care.

SOHC is a member of the BC Health Coalition (www.bchealthcoalition.ca) and is associated with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (www.rccbc.ca) and the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (www.rhsrnbc.ca).

For more information visit our website: www.sohc.ca or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/supportourhealthcare.

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Report on the July 2018 meeting of the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee

Submitted by Edward Staples, Princeton Health Care Steering Committee

On Tuesday, July 17 , the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee (PHCSC) held its monthly meeting at Princeton General Hospital. The PHCSC was formed in 2013 to provide a mechanism for Interior Health, the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, Cascade Clinic, Princeton General Hospital, and community organizations to work together to support stable, sustainable and accessible health care in Princeton.

This month’s meeting was attended by representatives from the Town of Princeton, Area H (RDOS), Cascade Medical practitioners, Princeton General Hospital staff, Interior Health, BC Ambulance Services, Princeton and District Community Services, Princeton Family Services, RCMP, the Princeton community, and Support Our Health Care (SOHC). The meeting was chaired by Interior Health administrator, Susan Brown.

The following are communication points from the meeting:
• Jim Bruce is the new Area H (RDOS) representative, replacing Sandra Lawlor who resigned her position on the committee; the Steering Committee thanks Lawlor for her contributions in support of the committee’s activities

• Jim Bruce made a presentation on issues pertaining to the pharmaceutical needs of new people coming to Princeton (see attached); Dr. Van Der Heide will take the information forward to see about posting on the Cascade Clinic Website (www.cascadeclinic.ca)

• Dr. Van Der Heide provided information on the waiting list for people wanting attachment to a practitioner; there is an application form available at Cascade Clinic

• the Princeton Community Paramedicine program provides a bridge to health service
delivery gaps in the community, identified in collaboration with our local primary care team. Our Community Paramedics have become an integral part of our community- based team of health service providers. People interested in accessing their services can contact the Princeton Home Health Nurse at 250-295-4442.

• in response to queries from local residents about Princeton’s Alzheimer’s support group, the following information is provided:
– support for Alzheimer’s caregivers is provided through the Caregiver Support Group run by Jennifer Clement, Home Health Social Worker
– the group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month giving support for people providing home care to loved ones with declining abilities
– no referral is necessary; to participate in the group, caregivers can contact Jennifer Clement by phoning 250-295-4464

• the BC Alzheimer’s Society in Penticton would like to start a separate Alzheimer’s support group in Princeton and is looking for volunteer help. If interested, local residents can contact Jennifer Clement at the number above.