Hospital Board OK’s continuing design plans
by Dennis Rahm
It wasn’t unanimous by any means, but the Board of Commissioners for Lake Chelan Community Hospital voted 3-2 on Monday to move forward with design plans for a new hospital. The move comes despite financial concerns raised by Commissioners Jordana LaPorte and Mary Murphy.
After two seperate board meetings to discuss the issue, a motion was made by commissioner Mary Signorelli to move forward with finishing the design work for a new hospital. The motion was seconded by commissioner Fred Miller. Board Chair Phyllis Gleasman cast the third vote in favor of moving forward with design plans while both LaPorte and Murphy voted against the motion.
LaPorte stated she wasn’t saying she doesn’t want to build a new hospital, but that the timing is off. She pointed out the hospitals financials are not pleasant and also noted the estimated cost of the new hospital is now more than what had been budgeted. Murphy echoed concerns over the financial situation of the hospital and said it made it difficult for her to want to move forward.