Controlling the price
This is an absolutely ridiculous question. Yes, of course, the Tri-Cities needs both Kadlec and KGH! The community needs to have a choice as well as physicians and employees wanting to work at the two facilities. If we didn't have the two facilities there would be no competition, and the price of our health care would sky rocket. The Tri-Cities continues to grow as well as our population, and one facility can't take care of all the needs our community demands. The new Southridge hospital is crucial to the future of the Tri-Cities, so it can provide the community with cost effective and high-quality healthier for many years to come.
Kadlec needs to take a step back, quit acting so childish and worry about what is best for its own facility, patients, physicians and employees. Quit worrying about KGH's finances and what they are doing. Stay on your own side of the city, and take care of your own!
-- ROBIN MEARNS, Kennewick
What's best for community?
I think we need to have a choice of health care in our community and the only way to have that is by having more than one health care provider. You wouldn't want to only have one dentist, one doctor, one bank, etc ... to service your needs would you? We need to find a way to have our health care facilities co-exist and stop this petty competition. I believe that if the management teams from both facilities were to focus more on how to provide the best health care to their customers/community and less on how many clinics can we build and how much money can we spend to put the other guys out of business, that we would be a model for other communities to want to aspire to be. Focus on your own financial issues and find ways to make health care more affordable to the community.
Let's work together and focus on our strengths instead of trying to expose each others flaws and short comings. This is just my perspective.
-- JOEL MEARNS, Kennewick
KGH has been a part of our community for a long time and many of us residents are happy about the building of a new hospital. Building a new hospital will take patient care to the next level. It will dramatically improve the efficiency and quality of health care over time.
Both of my children, along with children of numerous family and friends, have been born at KGH. Many family and friends have been treated at KGH, and many family and friends have passed at KGH. All three are very different situations with very similar results. What makes these situations similar is the love and total commitment of care given to them by the entire KGH staff. I, for one, do not want to travel all the way to Richland for care when I live in South Kennewick and feel KGH does just as good of a job.
The location of the new KGH will provide patients easier access to a range of services that are already connected to KGH. Plus, it could potentially create new jobs in our area.
Overall KGH is bringing a new state-of-the-art facility; and it's a close neighbor to many of us. I do believe it's a win-win situation for us all and cannot wait for its arrival.
-- HIDEE KIMBELL, Kennewick
Ten of so years ago, the residents of Kennewick and Richland voted against consolidation of KGH and Kadlec hospitals. They felt the people deserved options for their health care. Physicians and residents still need choices of where they practice and where they receive their care. A monopoly is unhealthy and comes with all sorts of issues we do not want.
What I cannot understand is why Kadlec, with its bully tactics, is trying so hard to squeeze out KGH .
Let each hospital flourish. Each hospital seems to have its niche. Kadlec wants to be big and KGH is recognized for its high-quality caring service. With more than 250,000 aging residents in the area there is plenty for both hospitals.
-- DAVE EASLEY, Kennewick
Choice improves service
The strength, vitality and character of a community is normally gauged by a couple of factors with health care as a top concern for its citizens. People desire high quality, ease of access and availability, caring physicians and nurses from an organization with a proven track record. Kennewick General Hospital has been dedicated to this mission for more than 60 years. As a community-owned, mission-driven institution, the board of commissioners and visionary leaders of KGH carefully selected Southridge as the perfect location to address future needs of those they serve.
As our population continues to grow, and is increasingly elder, our region can easily support two hospitals. Prestigious organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have done studies that prove that communities that have more than one choice for their health care needs have higher quality and lower cost than those served by a one-hospital system.
Do we need both KGH and Kadlec? Absolutely. With more than 250,000 people in our area, it is vitally important to us all to have access to quality care.
-- DENNIS L. MAUGHAN, Richland
Citizens' best interest
As a physician with years of practice experience as well as experience and certification in quality management, I firmly believe that the Tri-Cities will be much better served with two hospitals.
The presence of a competitor encourages hospitals to maintain utmost quality not only to attract patients, but first-rate physicians. The competition is especially helpful in the areas of customer service. How long is the wait in the emergency room? (It is only going to be longer with just one hospital). How timely is your appointment for an X-ray?
With our growing population, we would soon need an extremely large hospital if we only have one hospital. At large institutions of such size, interaction between the physicians on staff becomes less integrated; an individual physician will know only a fraction of the total medical staff members, and may not know the best qualified physician on staff for your particular problem. Having both KGH and Kadlec helps decrease costs, increases quality and customer service, and maintains more convenient access for everyone in the community.
For Kadlec to continually attempt to thwart the efforts of KGH to upgrade their facilities demonstrates a disregard for the best interest of the people of the Tri-Cities.
-- LEONARD DREISBACH,Kennewick
For the community
First it was Kadlec hospital, then Kadlec Regional Hospital and now Kadlec System, which is a "for-profit company" whose executives are paid generous pay and big bonuses. One of their tasks is to kill the competition -- Kennewick General Hospital, by engaging in "an Enron-style" raid of the competition.
KGH was built by the community, for the community and of the community and is generally managed by some "unsophisticated" members of the community?
Further, KGH is in the heart of Kennewick population and it is easy and fast for the patients to get there quickly without traveling the highway to reach an "outlier" hospital. It saves lives and money. It also serves a bigger chunk of "uninsured"-- in the ER and absorbs bigger losses. On the other hand, the outlier Kadlec may not see many "uninsureds" as they are far away and incur lesser losses and more profits for their pockets.
Driven by greed and not the patients care or community welfare, the Kadlec executives are engaged in an unethical practice to destroy the KGH. I lived in Kennewick for 17 years and watched this drama.
1. About 10 years ago, Kadlec enticed KGH into "a bogus merger" proposal, which was voted down by the community. If the merger had gone through, KGH would have been history.
2. Again about 10 years ago when KGH wanted to expand from 70 beds to 100 beds, Kadlec executives were there in Olympia, hell bent to block its expansion license.
3. Later when KGH wanted to move its operation to the Southridge area, Kadlec was putting roadblocks though their catchers in Olympia.
4. More recently, when KGH is constructing the new buildings at Southridge, again Kadlec is there to stop by querying how the financing was done. It is none of their business.
This is a free marketplace where people want a fair competition and not cannibalistic game like the Enron case in California (2000) and the Wall Street financial crisis of 2008 driven by greed.
Again, Kennewick population is increasing rapidly, it needs more hospitals and not a monopoly.
-- V.S. PILLAI, Kennewick
I'm confused, and somewhat dismayed, at the continuing conflict between Kadlec and KGH and their expansion plans. It's my understanding that the primary contention is over expansion rights in the newly growing Southridge area in Kennewick, which is near where I live. I've received services from both hospitals over the years, as have other members of my family. While their sources of funding differ, I believe they both have valued contributions to our choices of health care.
That said, I see that Kadlec is planning to build an ER across the street from Southgate Elementary. It is more important to me that Kadlec respond to concerns of increased traffic that the ER will likely bring and that the safety of the students there is assured, than I am that they protest the construction of the KGH Southridge facility.
The hospitals serve the community, albeit in different ways, and conflict should never obscure that focus.
-- JONATHAN PRATT, Kennewick