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August 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Seattle Children’s expansion plans

Who is serving the greater need?

Editor, The Times:

The city of Seattle and the community of Laurelhurst have decided that Seattle Children’s hospital’s expansion plan is too aggressive [“Examiner calls Children’s expansion too ‘aggressive,’” NWThursday, Aug. 13].

The hospital has been here for more than 100 years, and so one must ask the question: When these people bought houses next to a major hospital, did they think there would never be a need to expand? Who is serving the greater need here — those who choose to fight the expansion, or those who serve the needs of children from more than a four-state area?

I wonder how those in the Laurelhurst community would feel if there were a life-threatening instance when one of their children or grandchildren urgently needed to be admitted to the hospital only to be told they must go elsewhere, because the hospital was at capacity, and there was no available space to treat that child.

They cry foul now, but in the event of a child suffering a catastrophic result from lack of space or services, what will they be saying then? Shouldn’t the needs of thousands of children come before a community of so few?

— Ron Hopper, Carnation

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