Hospital land sale undecided

The sale of a Whidbey General Hospital property on South Whidbey remains undecided this week.

The hospital commissioners met Monday morning to hear public comments about the possible sale of a 4.5-acre property in Bayview.

No citizens appeared at the meeting to comment, but a letter from Sue Ellen White was read into the record.

The property, undeveloped land off of State Highway 525, was originally purchased in January 2008 with the intent of building a clinic there.

Hank Hanigan, the hospital’s chief operations officer, said the clinic was supposed to house mammography, X-rays, physical therapy and other outpatient services.

However, construction was halted before it could begin in 2008.

At first, the project was stalled by a lack of funding, hospital officials said. Then, regulations for how a hospital could be designated as a Critical Access Hospital changed, and a clinic on that property would have cost Whidbey General Hospital its Critical Access funding.

Commissioner Ron Wallin, the board secretary, expressed shock at the low value of the property. The hospital purchased it for $1.98 million in 2008, but the county assessor’s office currently appraised the property value at only $595,890.

Cammermeyer suggested waiting for another six months to put it on the market to see if the value increases.

Because Monday’s meeting was about hearing public comments, no decision was made, and the meeting adjourned.


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