Citizens will have a chance to learn more about Grays Harbor’s proposed public hospital district at a series of public forums April 21 through 28.
The meetings are designed to inform the public about a measure that could appear on the August ballot, said David Quigg, a spokesman for Grays Harbor Community Hospital. During the meetings, hospital officials will explain the history of the current hospital, which is run as a private non-proft — and some of the benefits of making the hospital public.
“We want to make sure that we find out what some of the concerns are,” Quigg said. “A lot of times, when people aren’t sure what’s happening, they’ll make assumptions. We want to answer as many questions as possible.”
The hospital’s public forums will take place Monday, April 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Montesano City Hall, Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Hoquiam High School Commons, Wednesday, April 23, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Aberdeen High School Commons, Friday, April 25, from noon to 1 p.m. at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in conference room C and Monday, April 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at North Beach High School.
Hospital officials have already started the process of making Grays Harbor Community Hospital public, submitting a petition with 3,159 signatures to Grays Harbor County Auditor Vern Spatz on April 4. Spatz issued a Certificate of Sufficiency to the Grays Harbor County Commissioners last week, certifying that he’s found 1,616 valid signatures.
The commissioners set four public hearings regarding the hospital district.
Two hearings will take place May 5 at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and two are set for May 7 at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. All hearings take place at the County Administration Building in the first floor commission chambers in Montesano.
The proposed hospital district would include all of Grays Harbor County aside from Elma and McCleary — which are already part of a public hospital district — and Oakville.