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