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Editorial for Jan. 10, 2008

Skyline Hospital will soon undertake a major construction project. Starting this spring, the medical facility will be replacing all its patient rooms with rooms in a new building. Following that, the hospital will remodel the former patient rooms into an innovative "imaging center" department that will feature x-ray equipment, CT scanning, mammography, bone density imaging, and ultrasound.

This is great news for the hospital. The new patient rooms will be modern and efficient, while placing all the imaging in one area will make life easier for patients and staff alike.

Skyline CEO Mike Madden pointed out that the Washington Board of Health recently recommended that Skyline's patient rooms be modernized and upgraded. This plan will allow Skyline to meet that objective.

Further, the design and architecture of the building is likely to enhance the appearance as well as the functionality of Skyline Hospital. The attractive new building will curve out and away from the existing building, and provide patients with a special view of the Columbia River Gorge. A stunning, scenic visual might even have a positive impact on the healing process for someone recovering from surgery or an illness.

There's also some good financial news for local residents regarding this $15.2 million project: The project will not require any extra taxes from residents of the hospital district. Instead, the hospital has secured tax-exempt revenue bonds, and hospital revenues are expected to be used to pay off the loan.

This project has been in the works for the past couple of years, and it's great to see the funding secured and the work about to go forward.

Skyline Hospital is a strong asset to this community, and it should become even more so with this impressive expansion plan.



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