KGH looks into new financing options for Southridge project
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Leaders with Kennewick General Hospital say they are looking into new financing alternatives for their Southridge Hospital project.
KGH says they are investigating alternatives with a private sector partner, instead of pursing financing with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"KGH has decided to seek alternative financing after learning that HUD wanted to reduce the hospital's size and consolidate all services on a single campus – an approach that is not compatible with the needs and desires of the local community," said Jim Mefford, president of the Kennewick Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners.
KGH has a license from the state for 101 beds, which they say is the minimum number needed to meet growing demand. The hospital wants to relocate 74 of its existing beds to the new Southridge area, and keep 27 beds at its current Auburn location.