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Leader Hospital will see further disruptions of service
BY ALLISON WERBOWETSKY
Recruitment efforts spanning over the last several months have ended with the successful recruitment of three physicians to Leader. However, two of the three international physicians
are still going through the immigration and licensing processes and will unlikely be available to begin working at the hospital by next month, when the two existing physicians will have officially resigned. Immediately after Dr. Deborah Djan and Dr. Tom
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Cybula gave their notices to leave the practice just before Christmas last year, “the recruitment process started,” said Beth Vachon, interim CEO of the health region.
Since then, Dr. Monga-N’Dimo Palangi has been
recruited and arrived in the community last month. He is currently fulfilling his mentorship requirements before writing the CAPE exam and begins practising on his own. Dr. Zanine Moyce has also been recruited and is anticipated to arrive in Leader sometime next month, and Dr. Mohd.Enanul Hoque will follow later this spring. “Now it’s just sort of a waiting game to see when we can get them into the country,” Vachon said. The two will likely not make it in time to write the next CAPE exam scheduled for next month. Health region staff, Leader Hospital staff and Town council members will begin to evaluate and determine what services the hospital will be able to provide during that time. “The reality is that without three physicians to provide 24-hour service in the community, we may need to look at a reduced service there for a period of time, which would mean we can’t offer an emergency room service in Leader,” or admit inpatients, she said.
Again, they will look for loccum positions to fill the vacant spots for the time being. However, “with how sporadic that can be, we cannot rely on a consistent, safe service over a period of months, so that’s our challenge right now.”
Cypress Regional Hospital to offer midwifery
The Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current will
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receive funding for two full-time midwives. Soon, expectant mothers will be given a broader range of birthing choices. “Not all births need to be medicalized and a lot of woman want a choice to be able to choose how their
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birth process will happen,” Vachon said. Alongside Saskatoon and Regina, Swift Current will become one of only three cities in Saskatchewan to offer this program.
The foundation has been set and so far one licensed midwife is ready to begin practising in the hospital. However, because it’s recommended there be two trained midwives at any given practice, she may hold off on performing deliveries for now. Instead, the midwife has committed to offering
The reality is that
without three physicians to provide 24-hour service in the community, we may need to look at
— Beth Vachon, interim CEO of the Cypress Health
a reduced service there for a period of time, which would mean we can’t offer an emergency room service in Leader.
prenatal care and post-delivery care for up to six weeks. This is one positive step in the right
direction for the health region, Vachon said. “We want people to stay in our region and deliver in Swift Current.”
Plans moving ahead for Maple Creek integrated health facility
Members of the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Oversight Committee and Maple Creek Hospital Steering Committee will gather soon to go over a number of proposals they received from architects, and begin working with them on the functional planning of the proposed integrated health facility. This “really is an exciting step for us
now, to be moving forward in that direction, because it starts to actually put on paper what this facility is going to look like,” Vachon said.
They will cover aspects such as the synergies of a building, and ensuring departments are placed in the proper places and patients will flow through correctly. Local residents will have the opportunity to form other committees such as a building committee, physician and health-care professional recruitment committee, and equipment and furnishings committee to begin planning in its early stages. “Community members are a part of every step of a major capital project. We have them on every step of the planning with us,” she said. The health region is anticipating this process will end by July, and by September, they will be able to begin looking at moving the planning process even further.
“The most thrilling thing in Canadian blues since Jeff Healey” - Globe and Mail
Swift Current Library is hosting a special puppet event titled Classics Come out of the Closet on May 11-12 & 18-19, 2010, 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. The program consists of a short presentation on puppets, performances of puppet shows based on the classic fairytales, legends and re-vamped tales, and a short session of make-your-own puppet craft. The puppet show performances include Baba Yaga, Monkey Hero, Moroccan, The Wizard’s Sneeze, Little Red Riding Hood’s Goodies. Children will be required to bring one of their odd-mate socks.
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“Best acoustic guitar player ever!” “Wil is so astoundingly good.” - Chart Attack.
Love to knit or crochet? You are invited to join our knitting and crocheting circle at the library. Meet fellow crafters, show off your works-in-progress, and share stories about your latest books! Beginners welcome. Bring your own materials. Light refreshments provided. Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday 1 p.m.
Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffery Zaslow Join us for an interesting discussion on the book!
Visit us at www.swiftcurrent.ca/library
Art Gallery of Swift Current
Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 Doors: 8pm Music: 9pm
Tickets: $25 at Art Gallery of SC and Pharmasave. Info or tickets: Shann at 778-2686.
H u s k y C a r / Truck Stop
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Tuesdays with Laurie: Meet Other Makers
Free! Drop in between 1 – 3 pm on Tuesdays
If you love making things and are interested in what others are making, this is an opportunity to meet other creative people, share ideas, and network.
Each Tuesday Laurie Wagner or a guest will be working on a project or demonstrating a technique using a variety of art and craft materials. Laurie is a craftsperson who makes dolls, dollhouses, and miniatures out of many materials, traditional and otherwise.
Laurie is also Education Coordinator for the Art Gallery. If you make things by hand out of any type of material, frugal or fancy, she wants to meet you. You may bring your own project (finished or unfinished) to show and tell, and work on if you like.
So far we have had people sharing or working on collage, jewellery making, watercolour painting, rug hooking, drawing, needle felting, dyed fabrics and quilting. If your creative energy needs a boost, this is the place to find it.
Beginners welcome! For more information, talk to Laurie. Meet some of the makers at swiftcurrentmakers.blogspot.com
Swift Current Museum
D E S I G N E R S
Art Gallery of Swift Current Exhibition: April 3 to May 2, 2010
A glimpse of the art practices and careers of nine young graphic designers
Student exhibits from St. Joseph’s School
April 1 - 30
Monday to Friday, 9 - 5
originating from Swift Current and area. Brochures, posters, advertising, charity campaigns, books, and signage demonstrate how graphic communications touch us every day, influencing our choices and opinions.
The nine graphic communications designers include April Bradley, Meghan Delnea (Spearing), Kim Elkington, Ryan Stinson, Brian Ohlmann, Jordan Wagner, Charis Slusar, Andrea Stevenson, and Joanne Schafer (Booth).
Art Gallery of Swift Current
411 Herbert Street East 778-2736 www.artgalleryofswiftcurrent.org
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May 14, 2010 4-5:30 p.m. Book Club Knitting and Crochet Club! Puppet Show Days
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