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Grays Harbor Public Hospital could become a reality

March 12, 2014

The Grays Harbor Community Hospital Board of Directors voted to move forward in exploring the formation of a Public Hospital District. This would be the second Public Hospital District in Grays Harbor County.

A Steering Committee has been formed to assist in the process, including Dr. Rob McCauley, Grays Harbor Public Health & Social Services Director Joan Brewster, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Grays Harbor Inc. Tim Gibbs, Former Grays Harbor Sheriff Dennis Morrisette, and others.

Legislators are convinced that the development of a second Public Hospital District in Grays Harbor is the best option for Grays Harbor Community Hospital. According to GHCH, their goal is “to ensure access to quality health care for our community now and into the future.”

With the decision marks the first step in a series of decisions. As the processmoves forward, additional information will become available.

Despite being voted on by the board to explore, the final decision will put to a vote of the community. GHCH said in a release that they will work to inform voters of the options and the implications of forming or not forming a Public Hospital District.

During this process Grays Harbor Community Hospital will continue to operate as usual.

A bill being sent to the Governor’s desk in Olympia would allow hospitals to align state and federal Medicare compensation to receive more funding because of their rural locations.

2 other bills introduced this legislative session that would have provided funding without being a hospital district failed to receive approval out of their respective committees.

BHR

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