We're tired of Kadlec Regional Medical Center's double-speak. Kadlec publicly maintains it supports a new Kennewick General Hospital at Southridge but files a lengthy, baseless protest asking the state to deny KGH's amended certificate of need. Kadlec says "in its opinion" KGH can't afford this hospital. Perhaps it's Kadlec that can't afford it.
Kadlec's bond rating was just downgraded by Moody's because of the 140 percent increase in its debt over the past two years -- in part, to pay for the stand-alone emergency room Kadlec is building a stone's throw from the new KGH hospital. How many of us are going to use a "free-standing ER" when there will be a fully staffed emergency room and a suite of operating rooms nearby?
KGH has developed a solid financing plan to provide patients with the kind of modern health care facility they need without using any new tax dollars. We have been guided by experts who know the industry, region and financing world. Contrary to Kadlec's protest, KGH's Board of Commissioners really did know what we were doing when we voted to build at Southridge.
Perhaps that's what troubles Kadlec -- an institution that needs to learn how to share.
JIM MEFFORD and WANDA BRIGGS, KGH commissioners