Letter to the editor regarding Mayor Mary Giuliano’s august update

I wish to correct the information about the recent meeting held with Mayor Giuliano, including the quote that she has attributed to me.

Dear Editor;

Regarding the column titled “Mayoral update for August 2014” by Mayor Mary Giuliano in the September 25 issue of The Free Press; I wish to correct the information about the recent meeting held with Mayor Giuliano, including the quote that she has attributed to me.

First, it is important for your readers to understand that Interior Health is not planning to close the operating room at Elk Valley hospital.  In my discussion with the Mayor, I believe I actually said that, “When Dr. Nalley retires, we hope to maintain a similar model of service.”  What that means is a similar model of service to what Dr. Nalley provides to the community currently.  It’s unfortunate that my comments were misunderstood and I am pleased to clear up any confusion for your readers.

Dr. Robert Halpenny

President and CEO Interior Health