Mr. Brenn’s letter to the editor (Aug. 3) regarding Trios was both inaccurate and uninformed.
Twelve years ago Kennewick General Hospital (Trios) did have financial issues. Wellspring Partners was engaged to assist in the financial turnaround. Mr. Brenn was assigned by Wellspring Partners as interim CEO. The consultant’s support was of value, but far from the healed conditions Mr. Brenn described upon his departure in 2004, as KGH had many issues remaining.
Glen Marshall, the present CEO, was hired by KGH in 2004. KGH has been on an upward path since Mr Marshall arrived, resulting in a new hospital (2014) and outpatient care center (2015), new specialized services, and broader community access. Trios’ multi-specialty medical group provides medical care to some 240,000 patients annually.
Trios has put in operation $150 million of new facilities and equipment over the past year. Yes, we have had some cash flow squeezes, but we have worked through that and today enjoy increased patient levels in the new Southridge Hospital, adequate cash flow to cover all operational expenses, and high-quality performance of clinical services.
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The trend is up and we don’t need naysayers sourly criticizing what has been excellent performance.
Vic Johnson, VP Board of Commissioners