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