Both Kadlec and KGH are needed in the Tri-Cities, but we should also not forget about the third hospital: Lourdes Medical Center, another outstanding facility. For better or worse, Lourdes has been forgotten in the fray, and we need to remind ourselves that our community has been well served by all three hospitals and that health care should not be dominated by one.
As a physician who has practiced here since 1995, I have the privilege to serve all three hospitals, and I've seen all three provide nothing but top-notch care. Each has its unique strengths and benefits, but together, in concert with a growing medical community, a far greater good is served.
The health care profession, in fact, has grown substantially here, and many patients from beyond the Tri-Cities seek their care here or often times are transferred from other area hospitals.
We are fortunate to have the capability of providing services that were not in existence when I first came to town.
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KGH has outgrown its current facility and is busting at the seams; it needs to expand substantially. So when I repeatedly read about Kadlec resisting KGH's expansion, I am left with a mix of confusion and disappointment. The future growth of one hospital need not come at the expense of the other.
It is the physicians, the nurses, and the people working in the numerous clinics, offices, surgery centers, and other health care facilities including the hospitals who are the driving force behind high quality health care in our community. When the three hospitals work together with the medical community, we are all are much greater than the sum of our parts.
-- RANDALL S. FONG, Kennewick