Q: "My husband was a patient admitted to the hospital at Washington County the other night, and they had to hold him in the emergency room all night long because they didn't have any more beds left in the hospital. So what I don't understand is the new hospital is going to have less patient beds. So why are they are even building a new one if they can't hold the patients now? They don't have enough beds for the patients, and they're gonna build a smaller hospital. Why are they wasting all the money?"
- Clear Spring
A: "While it is true there will only be four fewer beds (down from 271 to 267), there will actually be more medical, surgical and critical care beds (201 total). This includes an increase of 20 percent more critical care beds. We also plan to have 20 obstetrics beds, 18 psychiatric beds and eight pediatric beds. The reduction in beds is due to plans to reduce rehab beds to 20 in the new hospital.