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Lab technicians play invaluable role

“We provide the physicians with the tools they need to manage the patient,” explained Patti Johnson, manager of diagnostic services at La Verendrye hospital here.

But the impact these medical applications have on the lives of patients go far beyond that—and Johnson is more than eager to share those little known facts.

Health unit, town agree help needed

After a presentation by the Northwestern Health Unit at Monday night’s regular meeting, town council agreed concerns over lack of funding for health programs must be brought to the province.

Dr. Pete Sarsfield, CEO and medical officer of health for the health unit, was here to address council’s qualms about an increase in its levy to municipalities.


Although small and fuzzy, the forest tent caterpillar can become a real big problem—and the local Ministry of Natural Resources is expecting to see the insect menace rear its ugly head here very soon.

Hospital auxiliary volunteers key players

“They're like bricks in the foundation—they really are.”

That’s what a former patient of La Verendrye, who wished to remain anonymous, had to say about the impact of the local hospital auxiliary on health services there.

“The members of that organization have grounded in this hospital so many more accomplishments than people out there know about,” she enthused.