Whidbey General Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and his CFO Joe Vessey joined Harry Anderson and Gwen in the KWPA studio for an interview about the upcoming 50 Bond Whidbey General is seeking from voters.

The special ballot (MAIL IN ONLY) will take place on May 17, and looks to be very important to the future of health care on Whidbey Island, so says CEO Tomasino and those who are in favor of the bond.  The bond will add pennies to your property tax – but none the less some voters are asking a lot of questions.

Harry Anderson took the roll of host for this interview, which aired lived today at 11am.  The interview will rebroadcast on 96.9 FM around Penn Cove or streamed over your computer from the KWPA website – on Thursday – March 10 at 9am and Friday March 11 at 4pm.  After that the interview will appear on the KWPA schedule weekly and be available as a podcast on the KWPA site.  KWPA hopes this interview will help the property owners of Whidbey Island be sufficiently informed prior to the special election on May 17th

Several community meetings have been planned in the coming weeks to help inform citizens of the bond.  WGH’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40 year old inpatient wing. YOU can hear hospital CEO, Mr. Tom Tomasino, talk about the hospital district’s near and long term goals to continue to provide quality healthcare on Whidbey Island

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

In an effort to provide KWPA listeners with as much information as possible about this bond we have loaded up links to several of the newspaper articles that have been published explaining the bond to property owners.

Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html