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