Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditiz said Monday that the proposed downsizing of Western State Hospital would be a “terrible thing in this economy for the city.”
Neiditz and Jess Jamieson, the hospital’s chief executive, talked by phone last week following news that up to 150 patients could be released from the hospital.
“I felt assured that he was not putting of the safety of the community at risk,” he said.
Releasing patients from Western State Hospital is among the proposals the state Department of Social and Health Services has forwarded in response to Gov. Chris Gregoire’s call for state …