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Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Considers Future Partnership

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YAKIMA, WA.--A big announcement came Wednesday morning from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital about their future.

Memorial Hospital revealed they're considering partnering up with one of four institutions from the Seattle area. The board of trustees said they see some challenging times ahead for stand alone hospitals, and they feel it's the right time to pursue partnerships.

The board said this could only benefit patients because it will give memorial more financial stability and help them stay on the forefront of the latest technology. Even though the partnering institution will be larger, the board said it's very important to maintain local control.

"The operation of this hospital be conducted in a larger measure by those who understand the community and been in the community and understand the health care needs of the community, the demographics and so forth," said Vice-Chairman James Berg. "And frankly, we think we have a better hold on that than someone else does."

The Board Chairman said he understands that this announcement comes with a lot  of questions, many that they're not able to answer at this early stage. However, they understand the important role Memorial plays in the community, and they want to be as transparent as possible about the hospital's future.