Points to refute patient safety as a concern.

Patient safety cited as main concern. Nothing is unsafe.

Outcomes good.

No evidence that nursing is a problem. MSH has well qualified nurses. They are clinically competent. Undermining confidence creates  a problem.

50 not a small number. Numerous facilities have much smaller numbers. They  stay open and produce good results.

Doctors deliver babies and nurses provide the care. The Doctor in Banff delivers the same number  of babies as the doctors in Canmore and perhaps more. She is a committed physician who has the skills and provides on site training for staff.

Every rural hospital  has to maintain staff competency  not only for maternity but all other disciplines. That is why MSH participates in Moreob. Emergency  room staff require an even greater skill set and have an even greater job at keeping up their skills. If we look at your reasoning then the hospital should close.

Outcomes are good -so why close down a centre and force people to have no options and the poor would have almost impossible accessibility  and have to  go to a centre with worse outcomes.

Unnecessary Csections have long term consequences for mother and child  not too mention  increased AHS costs and increased maternal and newborn illness and complications.

Now we are the ones who are truly concerned about patient safety, as patients will not only be turned away from the hospital while in labour but forced to make many unnecessarily  trips to Canmore. Results: Added stress causes poor outcomes and poor patent satisfaction.

Do you care because we do.


Patient satisfaction is high,costs are low,results are good,full complement of medical personnel -so why remove.

You will not be providing safe quality care to the residents of Banff and outlying communities by removing services.


3 thoughts on “Points to refute patient safety as a concern.

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  3. As a physician with over 20 years of obstetrical experience I have had discussions with the family physician in Banff doing the bulk of deliveries. As of June 1 2013 I am available to provide locum tenens coverage (meaning that I can make myself available to cover her clinic and hospital deliveries) when needed. I look forward to working in Bow Corridor and supporting the Banff obstetrical program, as well as working in Canmore should the opportunity arise. I have worked in a rural setting practicing obstetrics for over 13 years, and while the volume of deliveries I was then doing was around 50 deliveries a year, there was no question regarding this being an issue of patient safety or staff competence.

    I chose to have two of my own infants delivered in a community hospital and my experience delivering in a tertiary level and community level setting highlights the additional support and satisfaction that women recieve having a delivery in their own community hospital.

    I look forward to being able to work in Banff providing safe, commuity based obstetrical care, and to doing what I am personally able to do to support the maternity program in Banff.

    Lanice Jones MD CCFP DTMH FCFP

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