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by Nelson Daily Staff on Thursday Feb 10 2011

Many local students — whether seven years old and attending Rosemont Elementary, or 17 years old and graduating from L.V. Rogers High School — first greeted the world at Kootenay Lake Hospital.

This winter they are pulling together to give something back. Students from the two schools will raise funds to help buy a new infant scale for the local maternity ward.

Rosemont...

by Nelson Daily editor on Thursday Feb 03 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Wages offered by public health care and a worldwide shortage of ultrasound technologists has the local health district wondering how they will fill the three openings in the Kootenay Lake Hospital echocardiography service.

Thalia Vestereack, director of diagnostic imaging for Interior Health East,...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Tuesday Feb 01 2011

The major structural work is done on the new emergency room space and the CT scanner suite is almost complete as the Kootenay lake Hospital project switches from concept to reality.

Yellowridge Construction Ltd. crews and contractors are finishing the metal framing that will form the backbone of the new patient spaces of the $15.3 million Kootenay Lake Hospital...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Saturday Jan 29 2011

Staff vacancies and an inability of the IHA to fill the positions have forced Kootenay Lake Hospital into a situation where they are unable to provide regular echocardiography (heart ultrasound) services, the health authority announced Friday.

The Interior Health Authority said in a release that “staff leaves combined with existing staffing vacancies and lack of...

by Nelson Daily editor on Thursday Jan 27 2011

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

In a move he characterized as “blackmail,” one regional district director said Interior Health Authority is using a points system for prioritizing capital projects to force hospital boards to fund up to 90 per cent of their cost, far above the legal limit.

Regional District of Central Kootenay Area D...

by Contributor on Wednesday Jan 19 2011

An international coalition of environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, has withdrawn in protest a complaint against Canada, a first in the history of NAFTA’s environmental watchdog. 

The complaint, made to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) in 2006, alleged that the Canadian government failed to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada...

by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

A pilot program will look at the viability of establishing weekend meat slaughter inspection in the North Okanagan.

Okanagan Poultry Producers is a mobile processing facility that works with up to 60 smaller-scale farmers from all across the North and Central Okanagan, and the Columbia Shuswap and Grand Forks region to slaughter and process their poultry.

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by Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Dec 22 2010

Due to limited physician availability, Kaslo and area residents are advised physician services at the Victorian Community Health Centre Emergency Department will be limited in the evenings from Dec. 25, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011.

The Emergency Department will remain open, however, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. The on-call physician will only be available for the most urgent...

by Nelson Daily editor on Sunday Dec 05 2010

By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily

Acute health care needs for people in the region will have to be addressed within the next three to six years as the requirement for a new regional hospital facility becomes imperative, warns a report from the regional district’s chief administrative officer.

Regional District of Central...

by Nelson Daily editor on Thursday Nov 18 2010

The Nelson Daily staff

The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation will begin its Light Up the Hospital Campaign next week.

After focusing on something big all year — the CT scanner fundraising campaign ($1.5 million) — the Foundation wanted to refocus on the small things and support the new Emergency Ward at the same time, said...

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