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Wellness check | Hospitals face familiar pressures: High demand, rising costs, staff shortages

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Manuel Chavez, left, and Miguel Ramirez with Paintmaster of Richland apply spackle to touch up a wall of the Lake Chelan Health logo Sept. 19 in a public corridor of the replacement hospital 110 S. Apple Blossom Drive. The ribbon cutting on the new facility was Oct. 15.

WENATCHEE — "We’re tired but ready to keep moving forward," said Columbia Valley Community Health CEO Manuel Navarro. "As the demand for services continues, we all have to grow."

Navarro described his organization's challenges at a Wenatchee World health care roundtable in September that included Cascade Medical CEO Diane Blake and Lake Chelan Health CEO Aaron Edwards. Confluence Health CEO Dr. Andrew Jones provided information in a separate interview.

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Workers put the finishing touches on the replacement Lake Chelan Community Hospital. This is one of the two operating rooms. 

Oscar Rodriguez: (509) 665-1179

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