Baldur Health Care Committee Minutes of May 9, 2016

Baldur Health Care Committee

Minutes of May 9, 2016

Meeting at the Call of the Chairperson


Attendees:  Bob Conibear, Deb Durham, Linda Furness, Greg Johnson, Lauren Jones, Hedy Joycey,  Deb Obach and Connie Ricard  

Non-attendees: Tom Kay, Roberta Sloane, Darrian Vermeersch



Bob Conibear called the meeting to order at 5:20 PM



Motion:           That the Agenda of May 9, 2016 be adopted

Moved by:       Lauren Jones

Seconded by:  Deb Durham

Carried:           All in favour


REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF MINUTES of April 4, 2016 – Deferred to June 6, 2016


EMS for the Community

Bob shared information that was presented by the Prairie Mountain Health Region (PMHR) at a meeting on April 29, 2016 in Glenboro, attended by representatives of the BHC Committee and the RM of Argyle Council. PMHR plans to work to create a 24/7 Ambulance EMS out of Glenboro Health Centre, which may be a good plan for people living within a 20 mile radius of Glenboro, but results in large section of land south of Baldur populated by farms and cottages (some year round homes) being without any reasonable access to emergency medical services.   Positions for Glenboro based EMS Attendants for 4.0 EFTs will be posted shortly.  The PMHR is thinking that these postings may be of interest to currently trained and qualified EMS workers living in Winnipeg.  This could enable the creation of a more timely ambulance emergency medical unit.

Baldur reps at this meeting asked about the current location of the Baldur ambulance and the recently purchased stretcher. It appears the Baldur ambulance was temporarily moved from the garage for servicing and that the high end stretcher has been removed and replaced by a more manual stretcher.  This was done without any communication with Baldur. 

One of the biggest concerns expressed by those at the meeting of April 29th, was around the lack of respect and meaningful communication by the PMHR with the RM of Argyle or the BHC Committee since the resignation/retirement of the casual Baldur ambulance attendants.  There was a real sense of being ignored by the PMHR while plans were actively being made by the health authority.

The committee discussed the merits of doing nothing compared with having a Community Meeting to update residents on the actions of the BHC Committee and the RM Council and the decision of the PMHR.  It was decided to hold a meeting on May 25th and to invite the PMHR to attend.

Duties were shared out:

·         Bob would inform theArgyle RM, the Brandon Sun, and book the BM Hall

·         Hedy would put an Ad in the Gazette for May 13th and 20th editions for Community Meeting, send letter to PMHR CEO to invite her to the meeting, and provide acopy of a poster to Linda

·         Linda would print and coordinate the distribution of posters for the May 25th meetingand prepare a handout for the meeting with addresses and emails of government and health authority contact information,  for any one interested in sharing their concerns with those making the big decisions.



Deb Obach shared that the Baldur Nurse Practitioner ( NP) hours have been raised from 3 days a week to 4 days a week due to high demand for her services.  The need for the community to understand what a NP can do and what must be referred to a physician was identified and briefly discussed.   An information article in the Gazette could be very helpful.  This matter was deferred to the June meeting.


NEW BUSINESS AND REPORTS – deferred to June 6, 2016 Meeting



The next meeting is scheduled for June 6, 2016 at 5:15 PM


Motion:            That the meeting be adjourned at 6:10 PM

Moved by:        Linda Furness

Seconded by:   Deb Durham

Carried:            All in favour