Eisenhower Museum Hosting Forum on Hospital Expansion

By: From 13 News, the Eisenhower Museum
By: From 13 News, the Eisenhower Museum

ABILENE -- Funding for Memorial Hospital's expansion is the topic of discussion at a Kansas Town Hall forum at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. The forum is open to the public and will be held in the Visitors Center Auditorium on Tuesday, March 8th, at 7:00 that night.

"We are pleased to have this local issue be a part of the Kansas Town Hall program," said Karl Weissenbach, Director, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. "This KTH program will address the pros and cons of the proposed funding for Memorial Hospital's expansion. As the public square of Kansas we can help citizens become more informed on local, state and national issues," he added.

Abilene voters will be asked on April 5th to expand the public building commission's authority to include hospital projects. If approved, the public building commission could issue general obligation bonds and allow Memorial Health System to borrow money at a lower rate and generate savings in interest. This forum will help voters to make an informed decision.

Thea Nietfeld, a trained facilitator through K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, will facilitate the panel discussion.

Panel participants include:
Mark Miller, Memorial Hospital CEO
Dr. Frank Jordan, Memorial Health System Board Member
Dr. Steve Schwarting, Memorial Health System Board Member
Brenda Finn Bowers, Abilene City Commissioner
Dennis Weishaar, Abilene City Commissioner
Scott Crist, UMB Bank Bond Specialist

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