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.
Never miss a local story.
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