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Artist rendition of proposed new Lake Chelan Community Hospital (Image provided by LCCH)

There are a lot of numbers swirling around out there regarding the proposed Lake Chelan Community Hospital Levy. So what are the facts?

There’s an information and FAQ page that provided to the public on the Lake Chelan Community Hospital website. http://lakechelancommunityhospital.com/proposed-hospital-information-and-faq/

  • The proposition for a new hospital building is on the April 25, 2017 ballot.
  • The proposed levy is a 30-year capital bond measure for $20 million to help fund construction of a 77,000 square foot hospital facility.

How much will it cost?

  • The hospital district is asking voters for $20 million. The remaining $24.5 million will be funded by the hospital, grants and the LCCH Foundation.

What is your property tax impact?

  • If measure passes, an assessed home value of $300,000 would be taxed at an estimated rate of $10 per month. The estimated rate is .38 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value.
  • The FAQ website provides a calculator that allows you to simply enter your home’s property assessed value to see your estimated cost per month for the new hospital.

How does the public view Hospital Facility Reports?

  • Hospital Facility Reports are available to the public at the Lake Chelan Community Hospital website, under Facility Reports on top menu.

There in more information at the FAQ webpage, explaining the process taken by the Hospital Board of Commissioners and reasons that the Board voted to approve taking the Levy to a vote. Voters will get to choose on April 25, 2017, whether they agree or disagree with this proposed course of action.

Residents with questions are welcome to call (509) 726-6006 or e-mail cthomas@lcch.net to schedule a hospital tour or a meeting with Lake Chelan Community Hospital CEO Kevin Abel.

Lake Chelan Community Hospital is located at 503 E. Highland Ave, Chelan, WA 98816. (Photo by GoLakeChelan.com)

For additional information from past coverage of the issues, here are a number of articles that you can read published by GoLakeChelan.com.

(By Christine Eagar) 

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20 Comments on Confused about the Hospital Levy facts? There are helpful resources for residents.

  1. Once again LCCH’s “Fuzzy” math doesn’t talk about the 7 million debt that they already have or the risks that this massive new debt will entail. They say that 200 citizens made a meeting where a new hospital was approved, funny when there are 250 employees up at LCCH, would be interested to see how many of them were in that audience. Three times this bond has been turned down, should those of us opposed to nearly doubling the size of the hospital, save our signs for the next attempt after this one fails, or will LCCH finally obey the wishes of the voters and take a different path. One that the community can afford, modernizing and maintaining properly the present hospital overlooking the city and lake. Let’s not send out sick and injured out to a hospital at the dump. VOTE NO We can do better, stay within our means as a community, lets not drain the community coffers when there are many other projects much more deserving. Maintain what we have VOTE NO

  2. I don’t know anyone who is “Confused” about the LCCH hospital bond. The Hospital Board is asking the citizens for the fourth time to lend them 20 Million Dollars so that they can build a shiny new hospital out at the dump, pretty simple stuff and it has already been rejected three times previously. Clear facts have been put forward of he danger of this addition of massive debt to a hospital district that is just barely on solid footing with a 1.5 Million per year subsidy from the citizens already. Take away that 1.5 million dollars and they would be in just as shaky ground as the other 12 out of 39 CAH hospitals in the state. Instead of trying lean out their top heavy management, and properly maintain what they have, the Hospital Board wants to nearly double the size of their hospital, while keeping the same staffing and 25 beds. The Real Estate land speculators, hospital staff, and janitorial staff are pushing this shiny new Toyota Town Hospital for their individual benefits, without regard to the danger to the entire concept of a local hospital for the community. There is nothing in the least confusing about what is going on and the voters are smart enough to reject this once again. VOTE NO, Don’t let the expensive advertising blitz hide the truth, Save our Present hospital, maintain it don’t let them bulldoze it

    • Bill- is it 12 or 13 hospitals that are in trouble? Ann Congdon wrote 13. Was she wrong or are you wrong? And exactly what do any of those towns have in common with Chelan besides the fact that they have a CAH (Critical Access Hospital)? I will answer that for you, nothing. They are all in shrinking communities, not growing and thriving like Chelan. This is just one of the ever changing numbers that your side is touting.
      The hospital staff and maintenance staff are the most qualified to talk/write about the shortcomings of the current building. And I can assure you and everyone who reads this that we do not want the new building for our own benefit. It is for better and higher quality patient care. Private rooms, better infection control, better patient dignity, larger OB suites to accommodate families, more ED rooms to more efficiently see patients.
      And finally, you keep mistyping about the rejection 3 times. The first was a rejection by the community of a hospital remodel that was fully endorsed by your friends. The hospital went to the community and they made it clear that they didn’t want any large investments into the old building. So the hospital and former CEO bought the land. Now, because of a well organized smear campaign by your group against the hospital, we are where we are now. Your group has cost the community $12 million in an increased price of the hospital.
      It continues to boggle my mind that there is a group of angry people out there that, because of personal grudges, are willing to say anything and trying to deny the community better health care and a modern hospital.

  3. Too bad the naysayers aren’t held to the same standards of accountability to the public as LCCH, the accounting, architecture and contracting firms that are involved in this proposal. I’d trust the transparency exhibited by LCCH and the expertise of the healthcare providers and management to provide honest and factual information before I’d trust a small anonymous group of naysayers whose motives are murky. Casting doubt is their sole purpose because their “facts” are half-truths, erroneous comparisons, misinterpretations, hyperbole and pure fiction. Any confusion – they’ve created it. The majority of the community (58%) has shown support for a new hospital In past elections – I’m hoping we can hit that high bar and get that additional 2% this time for the win. Get credible information from those who are ultimately accountable to you, the citizens of the community. LCCH’s reputation for almost 70 years of service to the Chelan Valley depends on being truthful and transparent: http://www.newhospitalnow.com

  4. The burden of proof will always be on LCCH, they are the ones asking the community to put this $20,000,000 plus interest lien against their property for a shiny new hospital which so far they have not justified. The sacrifice will be born by the taxpayers and we are asking, just what the proponents intend to sacrifice as they are the ultimate beneficiaries of this shiny new building at the dump. The Brewster hospital made serious cuts in management and personnel to get themselves back to solvency, with Doctors taking on management functions to keep the hospital solvent. With 12 out of 39 CAH hospitals in desperate financial straits, you would think that those who will benefit the most would be the first to offer sacrifice, instead of putting the entire burden on the community, which already sacrifices $1,500,000 per year in taxes to subsidize the present hospital. When we see the CEO of this 25 bed hospital making $201,000 per year plus benefits in a small town with the average wage at $27,900 you have to wonder why they feel that the poor taxpayer should pay the subsidy. Why nearly double the size of the hospital, while keeping the same number of beds and same personnel? Why does the entire $1,500,000 subsidy go completely to the top six managers salaries? Do we really want to hand a shiny brand new hospital to the same people who have let the present hospital run down, (in their words)? Better to keep our present hospital, modernize it, and don’t try to compete with the larger, better equipped and staffed hospitals in the population centers, than to take this incredible risk with massive unrecoverable debt. VOTE NO, Lets keep what we have and not go into deep debt for some grandiose hospital scheme at the dump

  5. Bill, what is it called when you continue to fabricate and repeat misinformation, half-truths, falsehoods and persist in trying to pass opinion off as facts with the intent to deceive or harm others, when you know it just isn’t true? Where I come from it is called “valehdella”. It appears you will use any means to justify your desired end. Chelan deserves better.

  6. Beautiful essay from Jennifer Christine Heinle Snyder on healthcare in Chelan.

    I completed residency and an additional year of fellowship a little over 2 years ago. My husband and I had one child at the time. He is from New York. I am from Edmonds. We felt like we could go almost anywhere-it was actually fairly overwhelming to decide where to “settle down”. The nationwide shortage of family physicians results in a lot of great opportunities. I trained to practice full scope family medicine-which means that we take care of elderly patients, children, obstetric patients, newborns and everything in between and…we learn who and when to refer to specialists. While I was in fellowship training, I received an email that CVCH was looking for someone to practice full scope family medicine-including c-sections in Chelan. Like many of you who have chosen to relocate here-I had vacationed here growing up, at Campbells actually. On a trip from Edmonds to Spokane, I drove my husband through Chelan to see if he could live somewhere, “like here”. Having roots on Long Island, I really didn’t know how he would feel about a small town. Compared to my training institutions,the hospital was much different, but my experience was similar to most of yours, in that, the staff was friendly and eager to help-looking forward at that time to building an up to date facility. We considered a few different clinics (including my hometown of Edmonds) which actually boasted a “shiny new clinic”. Stevens hospital had been bought out by Swedish and was growing and improving. We chose Chelan. We chose Chelan because it boasts a tight-knit, yet growing community. It boasts the lake and sunshine with modern influence from the West side of the state as well as an up and coming wine and tourism industry. When we joked about Costco being only an hour away, Manuel Navarro told us that we would change our minds, that we would get to know the Kellys and WANT to spend a few more dollars to shop at Kelly’s Ace Hardware rather than travel to Home Depot. We would realize that the Red Apple Market has an amazing variety of produce and groceries and that we didn’t need to travel outside of Chelan. Over the past two years, we have grown to love and feel connected to this community. I think that all of the physicians and hospital staff share a similar sentiment. We are not supposed to wave and acknowledge our relationship with you when we see you on Woodin Ave in an effort to respect your privacy and legally due to HIPPA but we WANT to wave and ask, “How are you? How is your mom doing?” When you come to Lake Chelan Community Hospital, you are not a 96 year old with a hip fracture-you are so and so’s great grandpa. Your baby is not a newborn with a cold-she is my son’s best friend’s little sister. Chelan has the charm of family medicine 50-100 years ago with real medical needs and a growing economy. Our specialists at Confluence are fabulous-but Chelan has a need for local health care. I want to believe that those voting no for the new hospital are misinformed, misunderstand the facts, don’t have all of the right information. As health care professionals we are concerned for the future of your healthcare in Chelan if the hospital bond doesn’t pass. We will lose health care workers. We will be very unlikely to meet the standards and requirements necessary to start a residency program to train more rural physicians. Whereas, a new facility will attract high quality nurses and staff and allow us to meet standards to train rural physicians-improving the quality of rural healthcare.This is simply impossible in a stabilize and ship model.There has been a decent amount of distortion and misinformation about cost of a new hospital.The cost to local businesses and commerce if we don’t build will be higher. A no vote is not a vote for a remodel. A no vote is a vote for an exodus of the quality healthcare we take for granted in this rural community. A ship and stabilize vote is a vote for you to travel to Wenatchee-if not Seattle or Spokane to grieve the death of your loved one far from home. A good portion of our patients’ don’t appreciate an unnecessary helicopter ride when they are already feeling sick-not to mention a bumpy ambulance ride. I delivered my son at Lake Chelan Hospital after training at larger institutions because I trust the physicians and nurses working there.I appreciate that they know and care deeply about my family and I. As a physician, a mom, a wife, a daughter, a friend, and a concerned community member, I urge you to consider the ramifications of a no vote for yourself, your family, your neighbor, your coworker and your community. I implore you to ignore rhetoric and hear the stories and know the facts. I agree with contacting Lake Chelan Hospital or watching the video recording of the debate if you are undecided. The newhospitalnow website is full of legitimate information. You trust us in the office, please trust us now. We need your help to continue to serve you the best that we can! Please trust us and vote yes.

  7. A blast from the past from Dr. Tagge:

    The letter that Dr Tagge wrote to the Wenatchee World pertaining to the Hospital Bond disturbed me. So I did some research and found this letter that he had written in support of the bond in 2014 and he also wrote one in 2012. .The only thing I can see different is that he does not work at the hospital any more. thought some might be interested in what he said back then.these can be found on the Lake Chelan Mirror website under letters to the editor.

    Letters to the Editor
    Published by admin on Wed, 06/25/2014 – 5:31am

    Support Hospital Replacement

    The Lake Chelan Community Hospital Board recently decided to ask the community for a replacement hospital on the November ballot and I am writing to ask for everyone’s support. Our local hospital is a community treasure that I have been employed by for more than 12 years. It either employs or has treated a significant number of our friends and families and I don’t think one can overestimate its benefit to all of us.

    Healthcare delivery has gone through, and will go through, immense change, and our dated facility needs help. The issues are not secret to those that have walked the halls or inhabited its bed space, rapidly advancing technology, need for private rooms, need for more beds to avoid diverting patients, recruiting new employees/providers, and costs of major repairs/renovations. Larger operating rooms is one issue that is near and dear to my heart. There are more reasons but I will stop there at the risk of losing the reader. Its remarkable to me how well the facility and the district employees have worked around these issues.

    I believe supporting the replacement hospital will benefit the community for decades to come.

    Gordon Tagge, MD

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR — Supports hospital levy
    Published by admin on Thu, 06/28/2012 – 4:10am

    Dear Editor:

    I am writing to tell your readers why I believe our community needs a new hospital. In the interest of full disclosure I am a ten year employee of the Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Our hospital is a great community resource and I am proud to be associated with local professionals caring for our friends and neighbors. Many have asked me and others why we need a new hospital to complete our mission of local healthcare delivered close to home.

    As a taxpayer, I want to see our tax dollars put to the best use. As I work at the hospital I see and hear of a myriad of costly remodels, upgrades, and maintenance issues inherent to a 40 year old building housing a rapidly changing industry. I can’t help but wonder, however, if at some point we are throwing good money after bad and, like a used car, there comes a time when you realize your dollars are best spent on a new one. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be a Cadillac, but it should be new, As I look at the hospital project, the land is already owned, many other funding sources are being sought out and used, and the request to the taxpayer is approximately $8.34 a month on a 200,000 dollar house.

    Secondly, we are outgrowing our facility. With advancing technologies, new and expanding departments like physical and occupational therapy, information systems, radiology, and the need for larger operating rooms and private patient rooms, we simply need more space. This hopefully will help reduce the significant increase in diversions, or sending patients to other hospitals because we don’t have rooms, and allow us to handle the significant increase in patient days we have seen recently and are likely to see in the future as the demand for healthcare services increases.

    The 12 acres already owned by our hospital district are large enough to allow for possible expansion in the future and an on-site helipad thus minimizing transport times for critically ill patients.

    We are in a competitive marketplace when we are recruiting for specialized employees, nurses, and physicians. When people, medical or not, look to move to a new place they want to see and know about the schools and hospitals. Just in our immediate area, Grand Coulee and Leavenworth have built new hospitals.

    People are receiving great care currently from the dedicated staff at LCCH. To sustain first class local healthcare and to remain competitive in an ever-changing industry we need a new hospital.

    I really don’t think one can overestimate the benefits that accrue to a community when they have a hospital that is state of the art, thriving, and well supported by the voters.

    Gordon Tagge, M.D.

    Chelan

  8. Bill // April 14, 2017 at 7:33 am // Reply
    Times have greatly changed since 2012 and so have opinions. The number of small hospitals closing because they overextended has skyrocketed, and Dr. Tagge has seen it first hand in his instrumental rescue of Brewster Hospital. Now is not the time to overextend, 12 out of 39 CAH hospitals were not failing 5 years ago as they are now, the Governor of the State was not warning small rural hospitals of the risk of failure as he is now. Obamacare was not in danger of collapse, as it is now. We did not have 19 trillion dollars of national debt, as we have now. Times change and with them opinions, and Dr. Tagge is not the only one that sees the demise of Kennewick, Grand Coulee, and Quincy, as handwriting on the wall. The financial facts are clear, now is a time to retrench and maintain what we have, not build this grandiose nearly double the size hospital out at the dump. Local experts with nothing to gain tell us that upgrade and maintenance of the present hospital is the right plan, and the only ones pushing this white elephant are employees, janitorial staff, and real estate land speculators. So for all those who don’t care one way or the other, break out those ballots, cause not voting will mean a 30 year tax on your hard earned dollars, and when this Toyota Town Hospital goes broke those same people will come back to the taxpayers to bail them out. VOTE NO, don’t let the land speculators bulldoze our beautiful hospital overlooking the lake, and send our sick and injured to the dump
    Dr. Tagge has completely changed his mind about the wisdom of building this new hospital after reviewing the figures and so should the proponents. What might have been a good idea 5 years ago is a terrible idea now, and looking around at the hospitals that expanded 5 years ago and are now broke, Grand Coulee, Quincy, and Kennewick, it certainly appears hindsight is 20/20 VOTE NO, now is not the time for this extreme debt

    • Trios and Grand Coulee both tried to do their entire projects on their own and borrowed beyond their debt capacity. LCCH is not doing that. Quincy and Chelan are two towns that besides being in Washington, have nothing in common.

      The Affordable Care Act or its replacement has a 4% or less impact on LCCH. Whatever happens, it will not significantly affect LCCH’s bottom line.

      Your local experts are not experts in building modern medical facilities and if your “experts” are the same ones who have done the presentations, they have proven the have no understanding of medicine and medical economics.

      Gordon Tagge now works in Brewster and his practice will be affected by a new hospital in Chelan. So I can understand his change of heart. But Bill, did you tell Dr. Tagge that you don’t think he is “high quality” because he chose not to work in a big city?

      Go to http://www.newhospitalnow.com or http://www.chelanhospitaltruths.com for all the information by experts in the field of medical construction and medical finance. This is affordable. It will give Chelan something it hasn’t had in the current facility, private rooms, better infection control and better patient dignity. Vote YES with confidence!!!

  9. Statement from Ty Witt
    I have seen the profits and working revenue used very wisely and cautiously by the
    administration and commissioners. The building and equipment is constantly being repaired, maintained and upgraded. I can show you several examples if you would like to come up for a tour. To repeat, the building has been upgraded on an ongoing basis all along. If it hadn’t, we wouldn’t pass every industry inspection that comes through. We do pass, every time! The facility is just below current building codes and will require extensive infrastructure upgrades if a remodel of any size or scope is initiated.

    You may or may not know that margins in healthcare are tight. This hospital is blessed to be a “Critical Access Hospital” (CAH). Simply put, having a loan and interest as an expense actually helps the revenues increase because of higher reimbursement rates. It will be easier to make a bigger profit each year in the new building even if the volumes stay the same or even drop some. The expert financial analysis has shown the decision makers (commissioners) that “not doing anything” is a very risky choice when it comes to financial viability. The move to a new building increases the viability and sustainability; not jeopardize it.

    I also felt that a remodel project should be part of the options plan. It was seriously
    considered and analyzed. The building experts tell us that the remodel is 27% more
    expensive than the new build (that’s $12 million extra). That analysis impressed me. It
    addresses your future concern question. You are correct that things will continue to change. In 20-30 years, changes, upgrades and possibly expansion may be necessary again. That’s the beauty of the new site and design. The current project will only use 8 of the available 12 acres. We will have plenty of space to grow and expand if and when it is needed right on campus. Expansion is very difficult and expensive on the current site.

    As far as savings, you need to know that the commissioners and administration have saved $8 million dollars. But this money should not be spent. It needs to stay in the “rainy day fund”. LCCHC is a $28 million per year organization. There has to be reserves and savings to support the day to day operations. As a father, and husband you probably do the same thing with your family funds. Do you have a car payment or a mortgage? It’s the same thing here. Except, the hospital actually makes more money under the CAH model. So having the loan and paying the interest brings in more money and makes it easier to be profitable than the current financials can do. It would be the same with a remodel but the loan would be $12 million more and not allow the future expandability options. Really think about that.

    The hospital and clinic merged in order to save the viability of the clinic. Even with increasing volumes, the doctors in the clinic are not reimbursed at the same rate unless they are owned by a CAH. Now that the merger occurred, the clinic will be able to be profitable. Had the clinic failed, and the primary doctors departed, healthcare in the valley would have been destroyed. This decision by the commissioners saved healthcare in the valley. The acquisition pricing met the industry standard. Thousands of patients are seen in the clinic every year. The value of this clinic is really undeniable.

    There are thousands of men, women and children who need and use local medical care. We have a professionally analyzed and vetted plan that will sustain and ensure Healthcare in this valley for the next generations. Please help us reach this reality and vote YES for the $20 million bond.

  10. Those employees of the hospital will say just about anything to get that $20,000,000 from the taxpayers. If LCCH was such a success story they would have put money aside over the years to do their own rebuild or remodel. Take note of the Dentists, Veterinarians, and Doctors not at the hospital, they buy their own buildings, and manage their own business’s and do it at a profit. They don’t need to take the entire tax subsidy, $1.5 million dollars a year, and pay their 6 managers. Going to the taxpayers who average $27,900 per year income for this new loan, when they are paying their CEO $201,600 per year is absurd, and the highly paid workers at LCCH should certainly feel guilty about it. VOTE NO, and read that ballot carefully, do we really want to hand a $20,000,000 blank check to this same management team. Much better to keep our small hospital small, than to nearly double the size with the same 25 beds and same number of staff. If you really want the luxury of private rooms and first class room service, there are hotels in Hawaii where you can get that service at a fraction of the price of a stay at LCCH. Sometimes it sounds like the staff up at LCCH thinks that going to a hospital is something people actually “want” to do. Patch us up and get us out of those places, quicker the better. VOTE NO Save our present hospital

  11. Bill will say anything to malign LCCH. Single occupancy rooms in hospitals is the standard of care, not a luxury. Every hospital from Confluence to North Valley in Tonasket have single rooms. Patient privacy, adherence to standards of infection control, and patient dignity are values that LCCH believes in and what the community deserves.

  12. LCCH averages 2.8 beds occupied, if they want to spread people out they advertise a 25 bed hospital so this is one of those arguments that the people who want a shiny new hospital out at the dump just cannot seem to explain. If the community really wants more room, the entire third floor can be converted and it is only 22 years old. Nope it just takes a little imagination to make our classic hospital meet all the requirements of the local community taxpayers who are already funding LCCH to the tune of 1.5 million dollars a year. Of course the fact that the entire 1.5 Million goes towards 6 management employees wages and benefits may be another subject that the LCCH board may be able to address when this bond issue fails for the FOURTH time. The citizens have a classic hospital that needs to be properly maintained using the funds already supplied by the community, lets not let the small minority who work at the hospital get the rest of the community into deep, massive, long term, unsustainable debt so that they can have a shiny new hospital out at the dump. VOTE NO, lets take care of what we have, don’t bulldoze our hospital

  13. LCCH averages 17.3 in patients. This number does not include patients seen in the ED, patients who come to the hospital for x-rays, lab work, physical therapy or other outpatient procedures such as procedures and day surgeries. In past elections 58% of the community has supported a new hospital. Do not let a small minority of individuals who are spreading false information about the hospital and maligning the staff, administration and commissioners decide the future of health care for the community going forward.

  14. First and foremost IT IS NOT A LEVY, IT IS A BOND. Just another example of the LCCH fanatics misleading the citizens. A levy can be ended if the project is not successful, a BOND is cash, and in this case Cash with no restrictions:
    A bond issue generally offers the advantage of raising cash immediately via sale. The revenue from a levy may only come in over time. But levied tax, unlike a bond, holds the great advantage of not needing to be repaid in the long run; repayment is understood to be the service or amenity that the county’s property owners will reap from their payment. Additionally, if the bond’s interest rate is not fixed, but rather tied to external interest rates or other financial factors, there may be a level of uncertainty to a bond issue that isn’t found in a levy. Don’t hand these folks $20,000,000 to use as they see fit, specially after we have seen them Buy Land and A Clinic with tax money that was supposed to be used to keep their present hospital in good shape. VOTE NO, DON’T GIVE THEM A BLANK CHECK

  15. Don’t let the fanatics fool you IT IS A BOND, Not a Levy. This must be emphasized because it is a great example of the devious method that the yes folks are pulling on the citizens. A levy requires 50% and a Bond 60% and there is a good reason. Gonna be interesting to hear the those demanding the truth defend this obfuscation. VOTE NO the people telling the citizens the TRUTH are those opposing this BOND VOTE NO lets not give LCCH a blank check for $20,000,000 cash

  16. Who’s obfuscating? LCCH has made it pretty clear it is a bond throughout the process. Bill is trying to create a conspiracy where none exists. Again.

    Hello supporters.

    We desperately need a new hospital.
    In August of 2012, I delivered my first born via c-section at the current hospital. Our valley was full of smoke due to wildfires in and around the valley. During my 3 day stay in the hospital, the smoke was clearly coming through the ventilation system and was very noticeable. I was worried about my newborn breathing the air. The labor/delivery room was small and out dated as well as the recovery room I spent the remaining time with my family until we were able to take our new baby home.

    When we got pregnant with our second child, we decided that although the care in the valley was great, the hospital was not my ideal place to labor and deliver our second child, so we chose Confluence Health in Wenatchee, a 45 minute drive. The labor and delivery had their own floor and the rooms were ample size and there was more options for care.

    After experiencing an issue free pregnancy, the night came where I went into labor. We were so excited. So we got in the car and drove to the hospital in Wenatchee at 2:30 am. After a contraction, I felt my baby kick. I told her to hang on and that we’d see her shortly. But, sadly, when we arrived and got settled into our room and hooked up to the monitors, my daughter’s heart beat had ceased. She had passed away. Her umbilical cord was wrapped twice around her neck tightly.

    I know the “what ifs” will always be just “what ifs”. But these questions replay in our minds, “what if we didn’t have that 45 minute commute?” “What if we had a new hospital, would we have chosen to stay here to give birth to our second child?” “Would we have our daughter here with us today?” Maybe, maybe not. There are other mothers that are faced with this very same decision, do they deliver in an out dated hospital or do they drive 45 minutes to give birth in a new facility?

    Our community is growing. We need a hospital that can support the growth our community is experiencing. Mothers deserve to have the best during labor and delivery. We need a new hospital that offers mothers to be the best in modern medicine.

    Thank you kindly,
    Kari Kollmeyer

  17. We can use good solid financial logic or fall back to emotion to determine which is the best course for the Lake Chelan Community Hospital. Governor Inslee advised local hospitals only two weeks ago to forgo getting into deep debt. 12 out of 39 CAH hospitals in the state are in danger of closing their doors. Quincy, Grand Coulee, and Kennewick are in desperate financial straits, because they overextended and got into deep debt. This is exactly what the real estate land speculators, and employees of the hospital are advocating with this $20,000,000 BOND, and it risks the ability of the community to have a Local Hospital. Lets keep the emotion out of it and stick with the solid facts and the facts are very clear that it is reasonable to maintain the present hospital rather than going deep into debt for a brand new hospital out at the dump. This is the time for people to read those ballots carefully and think of their children and grandchildren who will bear the cost of this new hospital, as well as the question of whether to bail it out, a la TOYOTA TOWN CENTER, or lose a local hospital when it follows the others into financial distress. Lets keep our local hospital financially sound and functional and not risk it on massive debt. VOTE NO, lets keep a local hospital here in Chelan

  18. The people who are fanatically pushing this nearly doubling of the size of LCCH have yet to show us a success story of a small hospital in the last five years that has taken this enormous risk. The opponents have shown Quincy, Grand Coulee, and Kennewick, and been told that LCCH is different, the 12 out of 39 CAH hospitals that are failing are also “different”, well folks Show us some success stories that can be set as examples. Problem is there are none. Why is LCCH so unique that it can go into $54,000,000 in debt while nobody else can? It is a question needing an answer, and even Governor Inslee has warned small rural hospitals to be cautious in this time of change in the medical reimbursement system. Read that ballot carefully, do the taxpayers really want to give those making this rash decision a blank check for $20,000,000 to do with as they wish, indebting this community for the next 30 years, I think no, VOTE NO, lets save our local hospital

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