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Peaceful Demonstration outside Kadlec

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A peaceful demonstration outside of Kadlec Regional Medical Center draws dozens, questioning the on-going confusion as to which hospital in the Tri-Cities, if any, might see expansion.

The sidewalks outside of Kadlec weren't overly crowded with protestors, but organizers of the demonstration say they have about one thousand signatures on petitions from people who say they don't want Kadlec to monopolize health care in the Tri-Cities. 

Kadlec and Kennewick General Hospital have been battling over plans to add hospital beds for our growing community. Protestors tell us not everyone out today is necessarily for KGH, they just want all hospitals in the Tri-Cities to have equal opportunities.   

"I'm for all the health care felicities here but I'm for them being fair and not monopolizing and doing the right thing," protestor Michael Switzer says.

Workers at Kadlec didn't want to go on camera, but the medical center did release this statement:  "It's disappointing that Kennewick General chose to picket again at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. Kadlec is working hard to address the critical shortage of hospital beds in the Tri-Cities area. Kadlec remains committed to doing what's best for the entire community."