State approves KGH's Southridge Hospital financing plan

KGH NEWS RELEASE -- The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has approved Kennewick General Hospital’s change of financing Certificate of Need application for the Southridge hospital.

In a written statement, KGH chief executive officer Glen Marshall said, “Over the months, KGH has remained confident that its financing amendment application accurately reflects a solid plan for our Southridge facility. We agree with the State’s decision – our new hospital is needed, affordable, and should proceed. Our construction is on schedule to open in the first half of 2014. The KGH team remains committed to serving the healthcare needs of the Tri-Cities community and we look forward to the improved services the new facility will allow. We have appreciated the community’s continued support through this challenging process and look forward to celebrating—with our community—the completion of our new hospital.”

As of this week, trucks carrying 20 tons of steel have been steadily rolling onto the construction site and are expected to deliver throughout the week. Late yesterday beams began to emerge from the foundation as they were secured in place. The facility is on track to be “topped off”—when the final beam is placed—sometime in December.

Kennewick General Hospital is a publicly-owned hospital and the anchor facility of Kennewick Public Hospital District. KGH has more than 270 providers within its network throughout the Tri-Cities, including practices and services at its Medical Mall, urgent care and walk-in clinics, and a network of physician offices. A new, state-of-the-art hospital at Southridge is under construction for a 2014 opening and will accommodate the medical needs of the area’s fast-growing population. The KGH Foundation enhances patient care through fundraising that enables new programs and services, and brings new equipment to Kennewick General Hospital.