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Hospital? New? Renovate? Fall Apart? Mountain View Lodge invites friends and neighbors to join in the conversation

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(Courtesy of Mountain View Lodge)

To all Friends of Mountain View Lodge … You know, I’ve been hearing a lot of comments, both pro and con for the upcoming hospital bond.  Just when I think I’ve got it down… I realize I have another question. You, too? And it’s REALLY important that we vote.

Well, we’d like to invite you to join us at Mountain View Lodge in Manson on Wednesday, March 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. 

Join us for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, a light snack and some enlightening conversation. Community members from Citizens for a New Hospital will be on hand to share important information about the upcoming hospital bond, and provide an opportunity for everyone to ask questions.

Gerry and I are very pleased to host this event for our Lake Chelan Valley friends and neighbors. We hope you’ll join us!

If you are unable to make OUR conversation, please reply to this email, and I’ll fill you in on others. Oh, and please, invite your friends. It’s important that we make INFORMED choices, and in America, we do that by voting.  

With great respect,

Kim and Gerry Ustanik, Mountain View Lodge

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7 Comments on Hospital? New? Renovate? Fall Apart? Mountain View Lodge invites friends and neighbors to join in the conversation

  1. I hope everyone is paying attention to the news. Governor Inslee stated that small rural hospitals are in the most danger with federal government cutbacks to Medicaid. Look around the state and try to find another small hospital that is nearly doubling it’s size and going into deep debt. This is a time to consolidate what we have, live within our means, maintain the present hospital, and stay solvent. All things that make perfect sense to anyone who reads the news. Of course those folks who work at the hospital want a shiny new building 1.75 times the size of what we have, but our small population cannot afford to take the chance that it will go bankrupt. Check out Quincy Hospital’s struggles if you want to see this going on locally, remember what happened when Toyota Town Center went broke, the taxpayers will have to either shut it down or bail it out. Listening to the Doctors, and employees of the hospital push for a shiny new hospital in Chelan just does not make sense, specially with all that is going on in Washington with regards to Federal Health Care Dollars cutbacks. Protect what we have, now is not the time to go into 45 Million dollars of long term debt, Say NO to those who want to risk our hospitals future, VOTE NO on the Hospital Bond

  2. I’m a little bewildered by these people trying so hard to keep Chelan from having a decent hospital. They know that the necessary renovations will be more expensive than new construction….it just isn’t arguable. So now they argue that the
    community is over-reaching and we can do with much less. One of the people opposed to the hospital said he and all his friends went to Seattle or out of state for hospital services. Besides being ignorant of the really excellent services
    provided by doctors and staff at LCCH, it shows a sad lack of understanding about the people who live and work in this area. Who are these people? Why are they deliberately distorting financial information about the bond initiative to scare
    people into voting no? One of the men told me he had a “bad experience” in the ER several years ago and “they” don’t deserve a new hospital. I suggested that logic was flawed in many ways, but he remained convinced that the only way to get even is to make sure this bond fails again. I had a young woman tell me that if every commissioner and every employee at the hospital quit, she would consider voting yes. This young woman has never been a patient at the hospital but she’s “heard stories”. Really?! Here’s a story: I’ve had two kids (at old hospital) been a patient, had husband and children, brothers and sisters at ER countless times, and sat with my mother, Greta Griffiths, as she passed from this life, and every single experience has been handled with sensitive care, competence, and concern for patient and
    family members. When my mother was dying, she was in a double room because that’s all that was/is available. We wouldn’t consider going to Wenatchee, away from her friends and family and though it wasn’t the best situation, we
    made it work with support and assistance from staff. I’m told the new hospital will have special rooms available for these stressful times. Perfect. If any of the people trying to kill our hospital move should find themselves in a medical emergency where a trip to Seattle isn’t possible, I promise they will receive the same level of excellent care that my family has experienced. That’s how it works at LCCH.
    Posted for Wendy Griffiths Redman

  3. I know people who don’t support the hospital because they don’t want to pay more taxes on their commercial, orchard and/or lakefront property and others who, because they would never consider using the services of a small rural hospital, can’t generate enough empathy to make sure good services are available for others, including their own employees. I’m appalled by this selfish and short-sighted civic posture, but at least I understand it.

    What I do not understand is the reckless and irrational disregard for the truth being displayed by people attempting to keep Chelan’s citizens from voting for a much needed new hospital by actually making up information to “prove” that remodeling the current facility is more cost effective, medically sound and fiscally responsible than building a new one. I can only surmise it is a ruse to hide the fact that they simply don’t want to pay any more taxes but are too embarrassed to say so publicly.

    Again, I’m appalled by this strategy.

    And about that tax…..Our hospital receives just 2.36% of it’s budget from taxes — which puts us in the bottom third of all hospitals in Washington. 2.77% of our personal property taxes go to the hospital (and will increase to 3.2% when the new bond passes). You can see on your recent tax statement that the hospital receives the smallest amount of taxes you pay. There is a tax calculator on the website so you can see exactly what the increase will be for your home.

    I am interested in facts, but unlike Bill, I prefer my “facts” verified and certified. I’ve been reading Bill’s comments for the past few weeks and attended the meeting mentioned above and I’m surprised and irritated that much of the information being put forward as “fact” by Bill and others opposed to the hospital is wrong, misleading or specifically designed as a scare tactic. If there are legitimate “facts” that support the financial and medical efficacy of remodeling the existing facility rather than building a new one, they have not yet been shared with anyone.

    Mr. Sherer, who said he has no experience as a construction engineer, general contractor or professional building craftsman, spent 20 minutes outlining several alternatives to constructing a new hospital that included no cost information or any realistic assessment of engineering, legal, medical or environmental reality. He seemed very earnest in his endeavor and reported that he has done a good deal of research on his proposal. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t take any questions or engage in any discussion so it’s hard to understand how his rather fantastical plan could be implemented and at what cost.

    Alternative plans such as that proposed by Mr. Sherer were, of course, reviewed as part of the extensive consultation with hospital construction experts that the LCCH Commissioners completed as part of their due diligence prior to presenting the bond measure to the public for a vote. There is an abundance of factual information available on the costs and analysis of options available at the following websites: or .
    It seems to me that the best way to get the facts to the public is through a town hall forum where we can have the opportunity to discuss and debate the actual facts. Let’s work together to make this happen.

    Posted for: Wendy Griffiths Redman

  4. In rural communities across the country, health care is becoming an increasingly scarce commodity. More than 50 rural hospitals have closed nationwide since 2010, and hundreds more teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. It’s a trend driven by falling revenues and decreased federal funding, and it could have dire implications for small-town America’s future. Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports.

    Now is not the time to nearly double the size, and increase the debt of our small hospital. Look at what is happening in Washington to healthcare reimbursement, we should be consolidating what we have and living within our means here in the valley, not going into long term insupportable debt. Do the research, try to find other small hospitals taking the risk that LCCH wants the community to take. Get the facts on modernizing our present structure then Vote NO, we cannot afford to go into a debt of this magnitude with our small hospital. VOTE NO

    • Bill- You continue to pound the table with distorted “facts”. The rural hospitals that have closed are not critical access hospitals like LCCH is. They are actually larger hospitals that are closer to massive urban facilities.
      You keep pounding on consolidating what we have, could you please explain that? Consolidate clinic and hospital? That is in LCCH’s long term plan at Apple Blossom.
      As far as researching what other communities did, many communities have built new facilities. They passed bonds and knew that was the right thing for their communities health and well being. They didn’t have a group fighting the hospital with hidden agendas. Don’t be swayed by misguided information. Vote YES for your community!

  5. It would be great if the folks who are employed by LCCH and have a financial interest in building a shiny new hospital wore name tags designating their status, so that those of us poor taxpayers could see just who was pushing this agenda. The Toyota Town Hospital has the potential to destroy our hospital while saddling the landowners with 46 million dollars in bond debt, and it would be nice to know just who is pushing this issue.

    • Bill- I am certain that whomever is there will make it perfectly clear. I would invite your side to show up and face the public and defend your numbers and reasoning.
      The only “agenda” that the new hospital now side has is providing better patient care for Chelan. I question yours.
      So show up, wear a name tag also, and let’s have a debate!

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