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FROM GREG TOMCHO, Patient Accounts Representative

Dear Patient of East Adams Rural Hospital:
We recently sent a statement to you dated 3/10/2014 for East Adams Rural Hospital. When you review your bill you will see the balance owing listed twice. This is an error on the part of the extended billing office for East Adams Rural Hospital. We sincerely apologize for any confusion and the inconvenience this may have caused you.
The owed amount is the first balance. Please feel free to call us if you would like to discuss further. We appreciate your business.

Billing Questions (509) 659-5406


CEO Corner
by Gary Bostrom

EARH received the Top Performer Safety Award at the Washington State Hospital Association annual meeting. In addition to recognition for safety, our hospital received a check for $5,000. A big thank you to the EARH staff for a job well done!

Recently we have purchased and are starting the implementation process for electronic medical records. Once that is on line, patients will be able to access personal medical information, including current prescriptions.

In October, EARH received two federal citations in regards to electrical and sprinkler deficiencies. Our facility was built in the 1950s, when there were different safety requirements than there are today. We will fix all the matters that were cited by the state, plus do some other necessary repairs. The Commissioners have committed $1.5 million of the facilities reserves for that work, and are applying for a $500,000 grant from the state for energy-related improvements. We have signed an interagency agreement with the Washington Department of Enterprise Services to oversee the repairs as well as possibly obtain the grant monies. Unfortunately, this $2 million worth of repairs will not address all the major items that need fixing in the facility.

We have chosen Apollo Solutions Group to work with us and with the Department of Enterprise Services to obtain a very clear picture of our needs. As you know, we asked the taxpayers of East Adams County to support a bond issue for $10 million, but when that failed, both the state and federal overseers could no longer turn a blind eye to the known deficiencies of the facility. We are now mandated to complete the required repairs. In the meantime, to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we are installing back-up emergency lighting for added security during power outages and are increasing our fire-safety awareness.

In addition to updating the electrical service and installing a new sprinkler system, the monies will also be providing a second boiler, as our current backup no longer passes inspection. We will remain diligent in our efforts to create and maintain a safe environment at East Adams Rural Hospital.


East Adams Rural Hospital is a twenty bed Critical Access hospital located in Ritzville, Washington at the junction of I-90 and Highway 395.  Adams County Public Hospital District #2 operates the hospital, as well as the Ritzville and Washtucna Medical Clinics and is associated with the Ritzville, Lind, and Washtucna Volunteer Ambulance Associations.  Together, these organizations serve a 1,500 square mile area of eastern Adams County, Washington.

Our Mission

Achieving excellence through exceptional quality to serve the health care needs of District residents and travelers.

Our Vision

EARH and its District Clinics are a regional hub for health care in Eastern Adams County that is well-integrated with a network of health care partners to offer exceptional care in a modern facility enhanced by advanced technology.

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Last Modified: 03/14/2014

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