Forum on hospital mergers June 11 at Poulsbo Library

POULSBO — A panel discussion on hospital mergers in Washington is scheduled for June 11, 7-9:30 p.m., in the Poulsbo Library community room.

The discussion will be moderated by Chuck Bean, a citizen activist. The forum is sponsored by the North Kitsap Unitarian Universalist Church.

Panelists include Dr. Dick Baker of Compassion and Choices Washington, Leah Rutman of Seattle ACLU, Sheila Reynertson of Mergerwatch (New York City), and Liz Elwart of Planned Parenthood.

Panelists will discuss the potential impacts of religious restrictions on reproductive health and end-of-life care. For information, go to or call 360-394-3945.

Bean authored a petition to the Legislature that would “to prohibit religious organizations and businesses from denying legal health care services based on their religious ideologies.” The petition has more than 5,600 signers.

Bean is a management and financial consultant to 20 Northwest Tribal governments and housing authorities.  He directed the Muckleshoot Housing Authority from 2003-07, and  King County’s Community Development Block Grant Program from 1974-78.


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