Kadlec begins its 71st year in the Tri-Cities poised to live out our mission of providing quality health care to every patient we serve.
Kadlec is now affiliated with Providence Health and Services, a nationally-recognized health care organization with a strong presence in the Northwest. We join highly regarded partner hospitals such as Sacred Heart in Spokane, St. Mary in Walla Walla, Swedish in Seattle and Saint Vincent in Portland.
The affiliation with Providence ensures a strong and stable Kadlec for years to come, which translates to expert health care for all of us. It also brings about tangible opportunities that would otherwise not be possible for Kadlec.
Construction is under way on a four-story expansion of the Kadlec River Pavilion on the main hospital campus, elevating the patient tower to 10 stories. This will allow us to utilize our entire licensed capacity of 270 beds and have all private patient rooms throughout the hospital. The project is scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Another key project is one that seemingly draws the most favorable attention around the community — we will break ground this year on a multi-story parking garage. It will be five stories tall and accommodate up to 600 cars.
For those of you who have been around a few years, you’ll recall the old grocery store on Lee Boulevard in Richland. This past year, that building has transformed into what we call the Kadlec Healthplex, an innovative and unique facility housing more than 20 outpatient services. This has been a home run. It’s not unusual for 400 to 500 patients to visit the healthplex on a given day. I encourage you to drop in if you haven’t seen it.
This year has seen our Kadlec work force surpass 3,000 caregivers. Our team includes people from all over the United States who have chosen to live and work in the Tri-City area. This generates more than $200 million in salary, money spent right here in the Tri-Cities.
Kadlec is also making a difference in the lives of our future health care workers, the people who will be taking care of all of us. In January, Kadlec announced a gift to WSU Tri-Cities. An $18 million endowment will be set up through the Kadlec Foundation. Its annual earnings will allow WSU to hire world-class faculty to train doctors of nurse practice. It is the largest single gift ever received by WSU Tri-Cities.
This training occurs in a state-of-the-art facility on our healthplex campus. This was made possible by a donation of 12,000 square feet of space by Kadlec, along with the support of other health care organizations and businesses in the community.
Columbia Basin College has also been a valued partner. The CBC Health Science Center is a thriving educational hub for nurse training and other health care professions. Soon, the college will start construction on a second health science center, for which Kadlec has committed $3 million.
Finally, we have partnerships with the CBC Hawks, Washington State Cougars and now the Washington Huskies. This summer, Kadlec welcomes its first group of six family medicine residents as part of the UW’s Family Medicine Residency Network, the top-rated family practice training program in the nation. We had more than 500 residents apply at Kadlec. We will somehow have to pick six — a nice challenge to have. Rest assured, we will have the best of the best.
So, it’s a dynamic time at Kadlec, and it’s a dynamic time in health care. Thank you for the trust you have placed in us. We look forward to serving you today, tomorrow and well into the future.