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Citizens invited to participate in community information meetings regarding new hospital bond

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Artist rendering of the main entrance of the proposed new hospital. (Courtesy of Lake Chelan Community Hospital)

Citizens for a New Hospital Now will host multiple informative community meetings to share details about the upcoming hospital bond, and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

The vote, which will take place on April 25, 2017, is open it all residents within the Chelan County Public Hospital District #2, including those who own a second home in Chelan County and who have registered to vote in the area.

Community Meeting Schedule:

Feb. 22, 2017 6 p.m. – (Spanish Language Meeting) Nicky Allison’s Home, call (509) 687-3806

Feb. 24, 2017 5:30 p.m. – Alta Cellars Winery – Manson, WA

Feb. 26, 2017 10:00 a.m. – St. Francis Catholic Church – Chelan, WA

Feb. 28, 2017 12 p.m. – Lake Chelan Rotary Meeting – Sorrento’s Ristorante – Chelan, WA

Mar. 5, 2017 (time TBD) – St. Andrews Episcopal Church – Chelan, WA

Mar. 6, 2017 6:30 p.m. – Lake Chelan Boat Club Meeting – Chelan, WA

Mar. 8, 2017 6:30 p.m. – Mountain View Lodge – Manson, WA

Mar. 10, 2017 6 p.m. – Tunnel Hill Winery – Chelan, WA

Mar. 12, 2017 11:15 a.m. – North Shore Bible Church – Manson, WA

Mar. 19, 2017 (time and location TBD)

Mar. 24, 2017 5:30 p.m. – Karma Vineyards – Chelan, WA

Mar. 26, 2017 (time and location TBD)

Additional dates will be scheduled for April, 2017. For more information, visit www.newhospitalnow.com.

Ty Witt, MD, Kevin Abel, CEO of LCCH, Guy Evans, and the LCCH Board of Commissioners are among the speakers who will lead the informative community meetings scheduled throughout March and April, 2017. (Photo by Jillian Foster)

(Submitted by Citizens for a New Hospital Now)




4 Comments on Citizens invited to participate in community information meetings regarding new hospital bond

  1. For the past six years the Hospital Board has been pushing this new hospital using taxpayer moneys to buy land and push bond issues. This 1.5 million dollar taxpayer subsidy is supposed to keep the present structure in top flight shape and instead we hear of maintenance problems, mostly caused by deferred maintenance while the Board spends the money on their pet project. The taxpayers have not been well served by the board. 1.5 million dollars spent properly should have a facility that is cutting edge, and deferring maintenance and then whining about the result does the community a terrible disservice. Time for the board to reexamine just why the community subsidizes the Hospital and where we expect them to spend this hard earned tax money. Vote NO, lets take care of what we have instead of building empires.

    • Bill- the present structure is just not capable of being updated to give the citizens the care they deserve. Study after study after study comes to the same conclusion, a new facility that will be flexible enough and have the modern amenities that 21st century medicine demands. You speak of deferred maintenance but never give specifics. What specifically are you referring to? As far as taxpayer money, wouldn’t you rather have your tax money spent on a modern facility than being wasted on a facility that according to ALL the commissioners believe that no more money should be dumped into? The citizens deserve a modern facility that will give them privacy, infection control and the ability to be updated when the time comes (which will inevitably come). The empire is the hospital district 2, which is you and the rest of the voters’ empire! Vote YES for cutting edge healthcare for the community!

  2. brian, you need to get the facts. The present hospital was built with the idea of expansion, it is a concrete and steel facility you want to replace with mall type of construction. The core of most of the major hospitals are buildings like the one we have, the location of the present building is superb with views of the city and plenty of unoccupied land to expand. Apparently you have not talked to some of the local architects who have been involved in the present structure since it’s original construction. This idea of building new instead of modernizing and taking care of what we have is ridiculous. It will put our children into debt for 35 years for over 170 million dollars and hit the poorer members of our community hardest. It is already expensive to live in Chelan and certainly you realize that any costs from increased taxes on business are passed on to the customers of a business. Interest rates are rising, the new President has stated that he intends to cut medical costs, this is no time to go into debt for new construction. The facts are out there for everyone to see and they are compelling, Vote NO on New Construction

    • Bill- More unfounded scare tactics. To refurbish the new building would cost $12 million more than to build new. Those are the facts. I encourage you or anyone else who doubts those studies to speak with the commissioners or hospital administration to learn more about what actually went into those studies instead of putting conjecture on the internet. The original architects unfortunately designed and built a building that cannot now reasonably priced to upgrade to medicine in 2017 much less beyond. It has served its purpose but now is well past its usefulness. Correct, interest rates continue to rise. Your opposition to the last levy has already added $12 million on to the cost. The need for a new facility won’t go away so it will continue to be more expensive, but no less necessary the longer the wait is. The increase taxes are minimal compared to other property taxes, and throwing out the statement that it will be passed on to consumers is completely unfounded. But really, bottom line is, what is really putting the current citizens and their children at risk is the inability of the building to provide the privacy, infection control and modern amenities that a new building would provide. Vote YES for a building that will allow the quality healthcare everyone deserves!

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