Hospital breaks ground

by Richard Uhhorn

Agustin Benegas opened Friday’s ceremony by telling the large crowd of hospital supporters that he was born in the Chelan hospital. “The first hospital was built in Chelan in 1947, followed by the current hospital in 1972,” said Benegas. “We are now moving health care forward and recognizing the importance of good health care.”

Benegas introduced CEO Rohrich who remarked that the community was at this place in time because of their support. He also thanked the staff and physicians for their support. “Today we celebrate the start and in August next year, we will celebrate the completion of this project.”

CEO George Rohrich

Board Chairperson, Mary Murphy stated that it was hope and trust over a decade that has brought this project to where it is. She thanked the hospital employees, the hospital foundation, the board, Chelan Valley Community Health and the local businesses for all of their work at making this project a reality.

Board Chair Mary Murphy

“If you choose Lake Chelan Health as your provider, you will be the success,” said Murphy. Thank you for joining us today and we look forward to seeing you in 16 to 17 months.”

Board member Fred Miller recognized past board chair, Phyliss Gleasman for all of her decication and help in moving this project to the groundbreaking point. Gleasman was presented with a framed picture of the architects drawing of the hospital. She stated that she isn’t ever at a loss for words, but said, “I’m at a loss for words here. Thank you.”

Board member Fred Miller honored Phyliss Gleasman for her hard work at bringing the hospital to this point. Gleasman retired her position last month.

Pastor Lynda Mayer led the crowd in prayer and blessed the site.

Lake Chelan Health Board members, past board chair Phyliss Gleasman and CEO George Rohrich broke ground at the hospital’s new building site.

Author: allthingslakechelan

I have been a journalist, photojournalist and reporter in the Lake Chelan Valley since 1988; first with the Wenatchee World, then 15 years at the Lake Chelan Mirror and another 12 years at GoLakeChelan. Currently, I am semi-retired but can't give up the media gig which is why I started All Things Lake Chelan blog. I also have two social media platforms; allthingslakechelan/facebook and lakechelansportsandrecration/facebook. I am also a professional photographer with many credits with major outlets around the world.

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