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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray received thanks for her Recognizing Senator Murray's Efforts to Preserve Wenatchee Valley  Medical Centerefforts to save the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Hospital. Dr. David Weber, CEO of the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center presented Murray with a plaque on behalf of patients and employees, thanking her for her advocacy on behalf of the medical center and hospital.  

"I’m proud to continue fighting to keep the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center open,” said Senator Murray. “For families in the Wenatchee area these clinics are the only way to access health care without driving for miles. I'm committed to ensuring that citizens in rural communities get the care they need.”

Senator Murray successfully fought to include compromise language in the 2008 Senate Supplemental Appropriations bill that protected Wenatchee Valley Hospital and the clinics it operates from a provision in that bill that would have caused the center to restructure, merge, or close its doors. Senator Murray's language exempts hospitals that are currently 40% or more physician–owned, like Wenatchee Valley, from a provision in the bill that bars Medicare and Medicaid payments to privately owned hospitals.

Since the initial inclusion of the language in the 2008 Supplemental Appropriations bill, Senator Murray has continued working to protect the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center by ensuring the inclusion of the compromise language in legislation such as health care reform.

The Wenatchee Valley Medical Center operates eight rural clinics in the Wenatchee Valley, bringing approximately 1,790 jobs to the area. The provision to end federal support for physician-owned hospitals included in health care reform would have spelled the end of many of those clinics without the exception Murray included.