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Kennewick General Hospital Looking at Relocation

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- A new hospital could offer area residents with easier access to healthcare.

Kennewick General Hospital is looking at relocating to provide better care to patients.

Right now, it does not have enough beds, but even more pressing, the hospital's location does not fit with the growing Tri-Cities.

They are located in an older part of Kennewick, and with no highways near, it is hard to get to for many people.

Officials say because of that, they are making plans to build a totally new hospital across the street from Southridge High School.

They already own 40 acres of land in that area, and with two main highways nearby, they say it is the perfect location, especially since they only have 15 acres right now.

"Every department here is, is very much undersized. Doctors and nurses tell us that it's becoming more difficult for them to effectively take care of their patients because we've just run out of space," said Wanda Briggs, President of KGH's Board of Directors. 

The hospital has already started expanding into the Southridge area.

In October, they approved opening a walk-in clinic at 27th and Union that is set to open in January.

There is no timeline for the new hospital.