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Meetings this month on Summit Pacific, Community Hospital proposals

For those concerned about the future of health care on the Harbor, there are two important meetings coming up this month.

First, the elected commissioners of the hospital district behind Summit Pacific Medical Center will conduct a public hearing on their proposal to annex the Montesano area into the East County-based hospital district.

The public hearing, required by state law, will be conducted at 6 p.m., July 9 in the hospital commission’s chambers at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma, 600 East Main Street. Comment will be taken by anyone who has questions about the proposed boundaries, the process or why the hospital is moving forward with the annexation plans.

Under consideration for annexation, which would need to be approved by the voters, would be the city of Montesano, as well as the precincts of Melbourne, Delezenne, Satsop, Brady, Black Creek and Wynooche. The detailed boundaries of each precinct has been printed in the legals of The Vidette for the past few weeks.

The hospital commissioners have proposed that the annexation measure be on the November ballot.

The hospital is pushing forward with their own expansion plans even though boosters of a new hospital district to support Grays Harbor Community Hospital want to use some of the same boundary areas, which has a competing measure on the August ballot. If the August measure passes, then Summit Pacific’s plans become moot. If it fails, then the annexation plans move forward.

Meantime, the Grays Harbor League of Women Voters will conduct a public forum on Community Hospital’s ballot measure.

The forum will start at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 23 at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, 1402 Sargent Boulevard.

The event will be moderated by news reporter Dave Haviland of KBKW. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Jodesha Broadcasting, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, North Beach Community TV and Eagle TV and Starbucks Coffee.

The event will be broadcast later on public access television on North Beach Community TV and Eagle TV.