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Southridge Hospital Survey Results

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Survey results are in from a group against the current plan for a new KGH at Southridge. The meeting about the Better Plan for Quality Healthcare's survey soon became a heated debate between people for and against the Southridge Hospital, with the results of the survey at its heart.

The meeting at the Kennewick Library on Union Street started with better plan leaders reading off the statistics of the survey.

Better Plan officials said that of the 400 respondents, 90% said they planned to vote on the hospital proposition. And of those, 10% more said they would vote no than yes. And, one-fifth of people said they had not made a decision on the proposition.

But what angered people supporting the new Southridge payment plan the most was what they called a lack of clarity surrounding the survey.

The exact numbers of people who voiced opinions either for or against the hospital plan weren't given and neither was the cost of the survey.

What is clear is that both groups agree there is a need for a new Southridge hospital. They just don't agree on the best payment plan.

Mike McWhorter, KGH Foundation President says, "This is the best plan for the citizens of this area, really that's what it is. It helps reduce their individual costs."

Better Plan For Quality Healthcare Vice Chair Roy Robinson says, "We want this thing to be rejected so that we can come back quickly and make a better and safer solution."

Another survey put out by the Citizens for Quality Healthcare, a group supporting the current KGH plan had entirely different results, with those in favor of the proposition greater than 50% and those opposed at 15 %.