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IH looks ahead to aging populations Arne Petryshen Townsman Staff

A delegation from Interior Health spoke about the challenges that it will be facing as the local population ages at Cranbrook’s Nov. 25 council meeting. Erica Phillips and Terri Donmin from Interior Health Authority (IHA) were in council last week to give an update on the region. “Cranbrook is home to nearly 26,000 residents,” Phillips said. “The age group of 45-64 is again a challenge in this area.” Phillips said that though the population is projected

to grow by 2.1 per cent through 2017, the baby boomer age group is actually going to see a growth of 20 per cent, putting a greater burden on the health system. “This will raise more complexity, more chronic disease and more demands for care,” she said. IHA covers 200,000 square kilometres, with a budget of $1.8 billion. Phillips said the demand for services is higher than the resources that are available. She said the health authority is committed to a balanced budget so has imple-

mented a hiring freeze on non-critical vacancies and try to control sick days and overtime. To deal with those challenges, Phillips said they are doing a number of things. “First of all we know that fewer surgeries today actually require hospital admission and thanks to better understanding of medicine and technology, a greater per cent more surgeries are completed as day surgical cases,” she said. “It’s a great step forward, but we also need to ensure that we have the supports we

need in the community. “ She said that includes post-surgery support as well as regular access to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and therapists. IHA recently received approval for a new and expanded regional Intensive Care Unit at East Kootenay Regional Hospital. It is a $20 million project, including a $12 million electrical upgrade. $12 million is being funded by the province and the remaining $8 million is coming from the Kootenay East Regional Hospital District. Another upgrade is com-

ing to the heliport to accommodate the new STARS helicopters that are coming into service in 2014. Coun. Sharon Cross said she was glad to see that there is a drive to get more nurse-practitioners here. “I think they fill a void in terms of where we don’t have doctors in some of our communities, or doctors are in very short supply,” Cross said. Phillips said the province has been working to recognize that there is a need for nurse-practitioners. “I expect we’ll see more numbers as time goes by,”

Phillips said. Coun. Gerry Warner noted that Cranbrook doesn’t have a walk-in clinic at the moment and asked whether that’s a concern to Interior Health. “Walk-in clinics don’t necessarily meet or fill the void completely and actually can create more challenges than they fill,” Phillips said. “So at this point, in terms of Cranbrook, we’re not looking to pursue a walk-in clinic. Those particular patient groups are managed through the emergency room and other avenues.”

What’s new at the Cranbrook Public Library


ans of the ult ra -p o p u l a r Downton Abbey will no doubt enjoy reading about the real people who inspired the hit series in ‘Lady Catherine & the Real Downton Abbey,’ written by the current Countess of Carnarvon. Janet Piehl helps future library users understand just what on earth goes on down here with her ‘Explore the Library,’ and ‘Know the Parts of a Book.’ Coffee lovers please take note: The library is now offering Fire-Side Reading Roast—a special medium blend created by the Kootenay Roasting Company. Available for only $13.75 a pound (both whole bean and ground available), with all proceeds going to the Cranbrook Public Library Foundation. These are the perfect Christmas gift! Food For Fines: For the entire month of December, the library will accept donations of nonperishable food as payment for overdue fines. One item will be worth one dollar of fines. Any canned or boxed nonperishable food items will be accepted. All donations will be delivered to the food bank throughout the holiday season. This is a great way to get rid of those pesky overdue fines while helping others in need. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 6:30

p.m., and Toddler Story Time is 10 and 11 a.m. Both will be all about Mittens! Scrapping Good Time returns to the library! Join fellow scrapbookers for fun and instruction. Instructors in 2014 will be Yvonne Vigne and Melitta Ball. Dates are: January 20, February 24, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost is still $15 with cookies and tea and the project supplies provided. Please bring your own tools and adhesive. On display this month is a brilliant and unique collection of tatting and old needlework tools by Bev Gregr. Adult Newly Acquired Shelf: 50 Canadians Who Changed the World – Kenneth McGoogan (971.0099) The Men Who United the States – Simon Winchester (973) Mother’s Who Can’t Love – Susan Forward (155.333) Gutbliss: A 10-Day Plan to Ban Bloat… -Robynne Chutkan

POLL WEEK of the

Mike Selby (616.33) The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays – Ree Drummond (614.568) Bugs, Bowels, and Behavior – Teri Arranga (616.3) Lady Catherine & the Real Downton Abbey (941.082092) Encounters in Avalanche Country – Diana L. Di Stefano (978.02) Fodor’s 2014 Walt Disney World (917.5924) Combat Doctor – Marc Dauphin (958.1047) The Autism Revolution – Martha Herbert (616.85882) I Believe In Zero – Caryl M. Stern (305.2) The Why Axis – Uri Gneezy (330.1) Orr: My Story – Bobby Orr (bio) An American Bride in Kabul – Phyllis Chesler (bio) Norman Mailer: A

Double Life -- Michael Lennon (bio) Three Things You Need To Know About Rockets – Jessica A. Fox (bio) Kicking the Sky – Anthony De Sa (fic) Bait – J. Kent Messum (fic) The Reserve – Russell Banks (fic) You Take It From Here – Pamela Ribon (fic) Cataract City – Craig Davidson (fic) The Childhood of Jesus – J. M Coetzee (fic) The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton (fic) Shaman – Kim Stanley Robinson (fic) Going Home Again – Dennis Bock (fic) King and Maxwell – David Baldacci (mys) Through The Evil Days – Julia Spencer-Fleming (mys) The Beggar King – Oliver Potzsch (mys) Saints of the Shadow Bible – Ian Rankin (mys) Hearts of Sand – Jane Haddam (mys) City of Shadows – Arianna Franklin (mys) The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon – Al-

“Do you think it’s too early to start Christmas shopping?”

YEs: 30% NO: 70%

This week’s poll: When the snow falls as heavily at it did this week, is it best to shovel every couple of hours rather than wait and do it all at once?

Log on to to make your vote count. This web poll is informal. It reflects opinions of site visitors who voluntarily participate. Results may not represent the opinions of the public as a whole. Black Press is not responsible for the statistical accuracy of opinions expressed here.

exander McCall Smith (mys) Dust – Patricia Cornwell (mys) Bitter River – Julia Keller (mys) The Devereaux Legacy – Carolyn Hart (mys) Cocoon (DVD) Cocoon: the Return (DVD) Sharkwater (DVD) George Gently: Series 4 (DVD) Young Adult & Children’s Newly Acquired Items: The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater (ya fic)

Terminal – Gordon Roderick (ya fic) Joy to the World: Christmas Stories & Sons (j 394.2663) Explore the Library – Janet Piehl (j 020) Know the Parts of a Book – Janet Piehl (j 002) Fire Rescue – Deborah Chancellor (j 628.9259) Cards & Gifts: Style Secrets for Girls – Stephanie Turnbull (j 754.5941) Dairies & Keepsakes: Style Secrets for Girls – Stephanie Turnbull (j 745.5938)

Looking Good: Style Secrets for Girls – Stephanie Turnbull (j 646.7052) Health & Fitness: Style Secrets for Girls – Stephanie Turnbull (j 613.04242) Guys Read: Other Worlds (j fic) Sky Jumpers – Peggy Eddleman (j fic) The Waffler – Gail Donovan (j fic) The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet (j fic) Mike Selby is Reference Librarian at Cranbrook Library.


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Cranbrook Daily Townsman, December 03, 2013  

December 03, 2013 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, December 03, 2013  

December 03, 2013 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman