RICHLAND, Wash. -- The controversy over the new Southridge Hospital continues. A group called the Better Plan for Quality Healthcare says KGH Board members refused to come to a public meeting Thursday night.
Better Plan's Vice Chair, Ray Robinson, says his group had planned two more public forums to discuss the proposed new hospital before the November vote. But in a letter, KGH Board Chair Wanda Briggs says that in the past year, KGH has held a number of community meetings, presentations, and board meetings that were open to the public, and that they didn't see the need for another one.
Robinson says the public needs more information. He says, "I don't think that the public is informed at all. A lot of people don't even know they're in the Kennewick Hospital District."
Robinson says the next step for his group is a press conference next week. He says they have invited the KGH Board and that they hope they are able to attend.
He says he hopes that they will answer some tough questions about when the hospital will be built and how much it is really going to cost.