Letters to the Editor

Support the effort for a nonprofit health center

We are writing in regard to the April 25 article: "Campaign in full swing to gain support for health center at Wesley Homes Lea Hill" (Auburn Reporter, April 25).

Seven years ago we lost our mothers to lengthy illnesses. Although facilities were available, our families found that skilled-nursing senior care centers were limited. As with many in our generation, we are beginning to recognize our population is aging and that there are still many needs that must be addressed to support our seniors in Kent, Covington, Auburn, Maple Valley and all of South King County.

We are concerned that there is no not-for-profit skilled-nursing and rehabilitation center in South King County. In our experience, this type of nonprofit nursing home facility provides the best and trusted care for our loved ones. It is needed now as well as in the future.

However, an exciting opportunity is developing in South King County. It is time for us to start supporting the effort to build a skilled-nursing center for rehabilitation and long-term care – a critical part of the health care delivery system. A group of community civic and business leaders are doing something about this. They are volunteering their time and efforts to support building such a center on the Wesley Homes Lea Hill campus.

This Medicare- and Medicaid-certified center will have 36 private rooms with bathrooms, providing privacy and dignity for residents and rehab patients. More than 80 percent of the rooms are projected for community-wide usage.

More than $1 million has been raised toward the $2 million goal to help build the $6.6 million health center. The City of Auburn, civic leaders, community service groups, businesses and a number of committed individuals are generously supporting the campaign. Interested parties may contact the Wesley Homes Foundation at 206-870-1126.

As lifelong South King County residents, we are blessed to be a part of this wonderful and generous community, and we need to continue to recognize and reward the contributions our seniors have provided through the years. Now is the opportunity for us to give back by supporting this needed community resource.

– Bud and Jan Battles

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