Health Select Committee

Welcome to the Kaslo & Area D Health Care Select Committee page.  

Dedicated to the news, reports and pertinent information from the Health Care Select Committee:   It will be updated on an ongoing basis with newer items appearing at the top of the list. 



Chair: Mayor Suzan Hewat, Vice Chair: Director Aimee Watson, Secretary: Elizabeth Ross;   Members: Elizabeth Brandrick, Kate O’Keefe, Janet Mayfield, Cloe Bayer-Holland, Phyllis White  + 1 member of Council: Councillor Kellie Knoll   Advisory positions: Doug Yee (FD),  Leanne Blancher (BCEHS), Dr. Fen Smit (Clinic)

Kaslo announced as being one community to receive the new service of Community Paramedic.
Nelson Star: "Paramedics make house calls in rural program" - April 27, 2016 
- Job to be posted soon, and Community Paramedics to start here in spring 2017.

 More Info:


"Kaslo Community Update from Interior Health - August/ September 2016"   "..regarding weekend clinic hours and urgent care appointments starting September 3rd, 2016"

"Kaslo Community Update from Interior Health - March 2016"    " On April 1, Interior Health welcomes Dr. Chantal Guillemette to Kaslo Health Care team.Dr. Guillemette joins the community’s other physicians – Dr. Isabelle-Anne Fontaine, Dr. Shelina Musaji and Dr. Fen Smit – in supporting primary care and emergency services for residents of Kaslo and area. "     read full article here

April 2016 Primary Care clinic hours are to remain the same for now. 

December 2015, Official notice from IH about the primary care clinic's hours expanding to 7 days/week in April. The Healthcare Select Committee is continuing to work with Doctors and Interior Health to look at options for also expanding ER hours.
Read the official IHA Community update here

A Public Health Forum was held on Dec. 9 2015 in Kaslo, hosted by Mayor Suzan Hewat and Director Aimee Watson with reps from BC-EHS and IHA there to answer questions from the public.

Agenda and Questions posed: link
Video of Health Forum, Dec 9 2015:

The 2015 UBCM Report from Mayor Hewat and Area D Director Watson. 

VCHC doctors report October 2015

Interior Health Staffing announcement November 2015 - Kaslo

​"Kaslo Cares" article from the October 2015 issue in WKB Regional Hospital District newsletter:  here

Preface to the Ross Report: Review of the Role of Emergency Services at the Victorian Community Health Centre of Kaslo, BC Dr John Ross, August 2013   -  Dr. John Ross, a Nova Scotia physician, was engaged by Interior Health in the spring of 2013 to provide a review of emergency services in the Kaslo area. Dr. Ross was asked to participate in the community engagement process which took place in March and April 2013, to provide a report describing the current state of emergency services, and to offer recommendations for Interior Health’s consideration.   read more...

The Retention of Physicians in Rural areas - This study focuses on the problem of alleviating physician shortages in rural areas of Canada,  read more...