Kennewick General Hospital recently announced an agreement with C.D. Smith Construction, a Wisconsin-based company, to build a new hospital in south Kennewick.
After construction, C.D. Smith will lease the hospital back to KGH. KGH CEO Glen Marshall stated the lease will be $800,000 monthly. Over 10 years, the lease will total $96 million with an option to buy. A bond measure for this project was rejected by 65 percent of the voters in 2007. Why did we vote? Did we get it wrong? Who do you think will ultimately pay for this new facility?
Decisions such as this add to the rising cost of health care. Citizens should be outraged by KGH's total disregard of the 2007 election results, the potential financial ramifications of this project and by the use of a firm from out of the area to construct the facility.
The Herald article states C.D. Smith has had conversations with local subcontractors and 80 percent of the 250 construction jobs will go to Tri-Citians. What about the other 50 jobs? Area residents who spend their money at KGH facilities should to be used to build and maintain any new facilities. If not, we have other options for health care.
Joe Leard, Kennewick