JOEL REHFELD, Kennewick
This is the summary of a three-act tragedy featuring the Kennewick General Hospital Players, aka, district administrator and board of directors.
Act One: In 2007, the majority members of the hospital district who voted said no to a levy to fund the building of a new hospital in the Southridge area of Kennewick. The KGH Players arrogantly pursued the Southridge plan.
Act Two: The KGH Players thumbed their noses at the federal Housing and Urban Development's recommendation to expand the facility on the present campus as qualification for federal funding. That changed the financial plan approved by the state's Certificate of Need Program in 2010.
Act Three: The KGH players entered into an agreement with a private corporation to build for and lease to KGH a hospital facility at Southridge. They obligated the district to a proposed $800,000 per month with an option to buy the facility in 10 years for $110 million. Construction began without state approval.
It is time to bring down the curtain on this project and the KGH Players. The KGH administrator and board have a "hospital at Southridge at any cost" mentality and have lost the focus of doing what is right for the community.