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Testimonials

“With the aging of the Chelan Valley population, a healthcare facility incorporating the latest ideas and the most up to date features is vital to meet our changing demographics”

Kathi FedorChelan, WA

“Heard you’re hoping to build a new hospital. You need it! During a visit last summer a friend had to go to the ER. The docs were great….the hospital itself, really old school.” 

Doug OWenatchee, WA

“Quality healthcare services are vital for our valley. A new hospital is a critical piece of that continuum. Having modern facilities that can grow with our future is imperative.”

Rich WatsonManson WA

 “I believe a new hospital in Chelan is way overdue. To attract young families and retirees, plus qualified health care personnel, a new improved hospital is a must”.

Sally Campbell-NelsonChelan, WA

 “I have spent time in our hospital, the care and people are great, but the facility needs to be replaced. The long-term viability of our community depends on the quality and availability of good healthcare”.

Bob MyersManson, WA

“Having had the opportunity to personally compare LCCH to Swedish Hospital in Seattle I can attest to the fact that patient care at LCCH is equal to one of the best hospitals in Seattle.  The difference is in the physical facilities not in the care provided”.

Lester CooperChelan, WA

Why New?

Renovation of the existing hospital to comply with today’s building and safety codes, ADA requirements, emergency and public access requirements and the ability to provide efficient patient care has been estimated to be as much as $56,000,000*.  A new hospital on a flat building site that the hospital district already owns will cost $44,000,000*.  A saving of $12,000,000.  The requirement to comply with these requirements at the existing hospital location would logistically be very difficult, if not impossible, while continuing to provide 24/7/365 care.

Even if repairs and upgrades were only made to sewer, HVAC, electrical and the structure to satisfy todays seismic stands this would be extremely disruptive and would not allow the hospital to provide the necessary services to patients.  In, addition, there would be a requirement to provide more than road access to the hospital.

Over the past 10 years many studies have been done by professional consultants* and financial consultants** all of which have advised the hospital commissioners that building a new hospital is the best and most practical alternative. Based on this advice and counsel, the hospital commissioners decided on a financial strategy.  They have asked the public on two previous occasions to support a public bond issue. The hospital district voting residents have told us they want a new hospital.  A hospital bond measure must pass with a “super majority” of 60%.  Previous bond measures reached 58%.

Construction costs are increasing and the cost of a new hospital will not be less expensive in the future.  Now is the Time – We can’t afford to wait!

*  Joe Kunkel & Health Care Collaborative Group, Portland, OR

**  Wipfli LLP Spokane, WA

New Hospital

  • 12 acres on level ground
  • 77,000 square foot hospital
  • single-patient rooms
  • patient privacy, confidentiality and safety
  • spacious and modern emergency room, obstetrics and recovery
  • spacious and modern physical & occupational therapy departments
  • ADA** (Americans with Disabilities Act) throughout the hospital
  • ample parking
  • safe entry and exist for hospital site
  • separate emergency vehicle access
  • modern HVAC, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • energy efficient throughout the facility
  • modern laboratory, radiology, pharmacy departments
  • onsite administrative offices
  • heliport
  • options for future expansion and growth
  • easier to recruit new physicians
  • endorsed by Columbia Valley Health and Confluence Health
  • recommended by a number of financial and architectural consultants and determined to be best option

Current Hospital

  • opened 1972 – 45 years old.  In operation 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
  • wheelchairs cannot fit into bathrooms (non-ADA compliant)
  • laboratory too small to be efficient
  • not energy efficient – single pane windows, poor insulation poor lighting
  • sewer system has failed and needs to be upgraded
  • electrical system is severely overloaded and HVAC cannot keep up with demand
  • poor accessibility – hazardous in winter
  • access via a single, steep residential street
  • limited parking – regularly used for mobile MRI truck
  • space limitations in emergency room and obstetrics
  • cramped laboratory, radiology and pharmacy – offices in closets
  • CT scanner room to small (not Department of Health compliant)
  • mammogram scanner in a former closet
  • poor x-ray room access (limited privacy)
  • shared patient rooms make infection control challenging
  • patient rooms are inefficiently laid out, limited accessibility and little privacy
  • administrative staff work in temporary housing
  • educational space has been reduced to accommodate technology
  • patient care must be interrupted to gain access to supply cupboards
  • seismic studies have shown the building could compromised in a moderate earthquake
  • maintenance costs are increasing
  • $14.2 million just to upgrade heating, cooling, electrical, structural and mechanical systems