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Kennewick General Hospital Plans Expansion

KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Board of Trustees for Kennewick General Hospital want to expand its facility.

Nurses claim they don't have enough space. Administrators add the building is grossly undersized. And in order to keep up with the growing size of our community, the hospital is planning major changes.

The building served its needs well over the past fifty years, but lately staff report they're starting to feel the squeeze.

"Bed space, equipment, by the time you get bed side tables in (the rooms), the chairs, the families and the post surgical equipment, it is very crowded," said Kathy Daos, Registered Nurse.   

Staff said their able to provide adequate care, they just have to get creative.

"Woman that need to come in for (induction) labor and we have to put them on hold because we have to do not have the room for them and sometimes they have to wait 24 hours before we can get them into a room," said Daos.    

So to meet patient's needs better the hospital's Board of Trustees wants to either expand on the old building or build an entirely new hospital.

"Regardless of what decision the board makes this site will not be abandoned," said Board President Wanda Briggs.   

And to ensure its patients receive high quality care the hospital wants to hear from you, and find out how you think the new hospital can meet your needs.

"Kennewick General is really the community's hospital. It was built by the community and for the community and its important that we hear from the residents that we serve," said KGH Administrator Glen Marshall.    

The first public meeting began Thursday and kicked off the what the hospital calls its "Community Conversation".

Now if you missed Thursday's meeting and have something to say. You'll have another chance. The hospital plans to hold several open public forums for at least the next six months.