Can the hospital go it alone?

Approval from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) board is the main hurdle standing in the way of Kincardine Hospital leaving its amalgamation with the hospitals in Durham, Chesley and Walkerton.

“(You can examine the pros and cons of a stand-alone hospital) if you wish,” said SBGHC CEO Paul Davies. “But make sure it’s with the latest knowledge of where health care is going.”

The board said Kincardine could de-amalgamate if the board votes to support the move and the request is forwarded to the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) before being passed on to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Davies said the current amalgamation does have benefits for Kincardine. The hospital benefits from a sharing of equipment and technologies. The municipality benefits from a sharing of administration costs among the four sites.


A communication problem

Following a meeting of Huron-Bruce mayors Friday morning, I chatted with MPP Carol Mitchell and Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan.

One of the subjects that came up was the Friday afternoon meeting to discuss the future of health care in Kincardine.

Mitchell mentioned that there are eight hospitals in Huron-Bruce, but all the complaints seem to come from here.

She believes there is a communication problem.

She’s correct in that assessment.

At that meeting Friday afternoon, the doctors asked the hospital board for CEO Paul Davies’ head, on a platter no doubt.

Under attack, Davies and the board representatives left the meeting after making their presentation.

I doubt if the meeting was the time and place to call for Davies’ head. However, the doctors made one thing very clear - there is a communication problem.


Woman located

South Bruce OPP have found a Kincardine woman who had been reported missing since Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Sarah Davey, 23 contacted her family Sunday and has advised that she is okay.


Clinic meeting postponed

Kincardine council will have to wait a little longer to have its say on the future of the community medical clinic.

Councillors and staff were to meet with Parkin Architects in a special meeting Monday night (Nov. 3). The meeting was postponed last Thursday.

According to the municipality, the postponement was made on the recommendation of the architects.

In September, Parkin Architects presented council with a tentative plan for a clinic addition. The project would have cost $5-million and was significantly bigger than council anticipated. The special meeting was called to lay out the municipality’s expectations for the building and set a cost limit of $2.25-million.

The meeting has not been rescheduled at this time.


KDSS season ends in semis

Junior girls upset by Walkerton

The season came to an end this morning for the Kincardine District Secondary School junior girls soccer team.

Steph Thompson watches the season slip away for the KDSS junior girls soccer team this morning at the Davidson Centre. Thompson and the Knights were defeated 5-1 by Walkerton District in the BAA semi-finals. (Josh Howald photo)

The favoured Knights were beaten soundly, 5-1, by the Walkerton District Seecondary School Raiders earlier this morning. It was one of two BAA semi-final games that were played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

The other game saw West Hill advance to the finals with a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart High School.

West Hill and WDSS will do battle at 1 p.m. today to determine a BAA champion. Both teams qualify for the CWOSSA tournament.


Bulldogs battle for 5-3 win

Late goal completes comeback in entertaining contest

A fortuitous third period bounce lifted the Kincardine Bulldogs to victory Sunday afternoon at the Davidson Centre.

Nathan Barfoot fans on a one-timer while being watched by Wingham's Andrew Turton during a second period power play Sunday afternoon. Barfoot and the 'Dogs came from behind to win 5-3. (Josh Howald photo)

An empty net goal with 10.6 seconds remaining clinched a 5-3 win for the Bulldogs.

With Kincardine and the Wingham Ironmen tied at three, Joel Alton sent a high slapshot towards the net with a little more than four minutes to play. The shot hit teammate Taylor Lukasik in the elbow and bounced into the WIngham net for the game winner.


Wolves beaten by Elora, Saugeen Shores

The Ripley Wolves are back at .500 after losses to Elora and Saugeen Shores on the weekend.

Saturday night in Port Elgin, the Wolves fell 7-3 to the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks in front of almost 700 people.

“It wasn’t too bad of a game,” said Ripley goaltender Scott MacSween, who started the previous night in Ripley against the Elora Rocks. “We had a 2-1 lead early in the game, and they came back to go ahead 3-2. They kind of broke the game open in the third period.”


Police seek female

Huron County OPP are asking for the public's help in locating a missing 21-year-old

Jacklyn Groth walked away from a Goderich-area medical facility Wednesday morning. She's described as 5'4", approximately 118 pounds with long dirty blonde hair. She was last seen wearing a pink Nike jacket, blue jeans and knee-high tan boots.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Huron County OPP or Crimestoppers.


October 29, 2008

LLOYD CLARK

Lloyd George Clark, of R.R. 4, Kincardine, died at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre- Kincardine on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008, in his 80th year.

Beloved husband of Jessie (née Bell). Dear father of Marilyn Smith, of Guelph; Murray (Doris) Clark, of R.R.4 Kincardine; Barbara Clark, of Kincardine; Betty (Mike) Weinstein, of Fergus; and Joyce (Paul) Cotter, of Fergus.

Sadly missed by grandchildren: Brent and Shane Cotter, Erin and Graydon Clark, Alex and Dayle Smith, and Janet and Melanie Weinstein.

Loved brother of Lynn (Helen) Clark, of Chatham. Sadly missed by brother-in-law Allan (Peggy) Bell, of Durham; and sisters-in-law, Edith (Peter) Matthews, of Vancouver; and Wilma Bell, of Toronto.


Heave-ho!

Al Wilkins, front left, and Steve Abercrombie, right, lead a group of volunteers with part of a bridge over the south branch of the Penetangore River Saturday morning. The Kincardine Trails Association, with the help of volunteers, removed the walking bridge for the winter to ensure that it doesn't wash away in the spring runoff, something that has happened more than once. This particular bridge is in the valley at the foot of St. Albert Street. (Eric Howald photo)