Nearly 80 percent of voters in the Upper Valley supported a Cascade Medical levy renewal that will ensure continued emergency medical services for the next six years. “We are grateful for our community’s continued support of and trust in the emergency medical services Cascade Medical provides,” CEO Diane Blake said. “A very deep thank you to the voters in our hospital district.”
For 30 years, the levy has been a vital part of funding ambulance service and the emergency department for the 1,200 square-mile hospital district. The district includes Dryden, Peshastin, Leavenworth and Plain. Approximately $90,000 of the levy provides staffing for the ambulance operated by Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue. Since LWFR partnered with Cascade Medical in 2016, the response times in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area have been reduced by half and the number of EMT’s there doubled. The Cascade emergency room had in excess of 3200 visits in 2017 with more than half 0f those patients being local residents.
Of the 2,492 ballots counted on Feb. 12, 1,991 voters approved the measure. With 300 ballots left to count, Chelan County will announce an updated tally on Feb. 15 and certify the final results on Feb. 22. When the levy renews in 2020, the terms will be the same as the measure that passed in 2012 with 82 percent approval — 50 cents per thousand of assessed property valuation for six years. For more information, visit our EMS Levy website.