I definitely think the Tri-Cities needs two strong hospital systems to maintain competition and offer patients a choice in their medical care. I was hired by the hospital district (KGH) in 2001 to care for the patients of the district and have been providing Ob-Gyn services here for 11 years. I used to have privileges at Kadlec Hospital to take my patients there who needed the services of the newborn ICU. However I dropped my privileges there about two years ago in protest of their filing of the lawsuit with the state over KGH's planned Southridge re-location. That unnecessary and frivolous (my opinion) lawsuit ended up costing KGH (and the ratepayers of the district) more than $500,000 in attorney fees. That money could certainly pay for a lot of free mammograms or other services for the district, but was wasted instead. I suspect that Kadlec also paid about that much for attorney fees, and is still paying attorneys to oppose KGH's plans .
KGH is a very good community hospital that provides excellent, safe, compassionate care for all of its patients. I assure you that the Kennewick Public Hospital board has nothing but the best interests of the residents of the district and the whole Tri-City area in mind. The KPHD board hired Glen Marshall as CEO, and he has done an excellent job of building a great hospital team to provide care. In the last few years KGH has made improvement in the market share of the Tri-Cities, and Kadlec is doing everything they can to stifle the competition.
I think the new Southridge hospital is definitely needed to provide private rooms for all patients and state-of-the-art care for the next 50 years. The KPHD board and Glen Marshall have the vision and the plans to provide this care. This will maintain a good healthy competitive health care market, and will improve the care of the patients of the area.
-- ROBERT SALISBURY, Kennewick