Over 200 community members of the Lake Chelan Valley joined hands in the snow to outline the site of a proposed new hospital. The event, held on Feb. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m., was part of a campaign kick-off by Citizens for a New Hospital Now. The group is made up of supporters that include many of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital commissioners, employees and locals who support building a new hospital.
Event coordinators, Ty Witt, MD and Guy Evans spoke to attendees prior to leading them to surround the proposed site for a photo opportunity.
“Just like we are gathered here today, our ancestors gathered in the 1940’s and decided that we needed a hospital at Lake Chelan,” said Evans.
(Video by Alex Wolfe)
The community will be asked to vote on a levy on April 25, 2017. The vote will decide whether citizens of the Lake Chelan community will continue to be served by the existing hospital or agree to additional taxes which will help fund the construction of a new hospital.
“If your home is valued by the county as $300,000, you are going to pay about $10 per month,” explained Evans.
“We really think it’s a sound and fair plan,” added Witt. “The time is now, if we don’t do this now the prices are going to go up. Even from the vote three years ago, the price has gone up 40%.”
As the speeches ended, a helicopter from Lake Chelan Helicopters flew overhead, prepared to take aerial shots of the gathering. Those gathered for the event filled the perimeter of the proposed site and with arms outstretched, cheered their support for a new hospital.
For more information on the levy and financial data related to the cause, visit NewHospitalNow.com or attend the next meeting of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Board of Commissioners on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The meetings are held in the hospital board room at 503 E. Highland Avenue in Chelan, Washington.
(By Jillian Foster)