Governor Releases $2M for Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center


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Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $2 million in capital improvement grant funds for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center on Oahu.

Identified by the state Legislature, the project includes the construction of a new two-story, 22,000-square-foot Emergency Medical Services Building to replace the existing emergency department.

“The 37-year-old Emergency Medical Services Building is no longer adequate for the specialized needs of the more than 18,000 annual emergency room patient visits,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “By rebuilding the facility, the center will be able to meet the emergency medical, disaster preparedness and crisis behavioral health needs of the Leeward Oahu community.”

The rebuilding and consequent reconfiguration of the Emergency Medical Services Building will add eight rooms to the current seven rooms available for a total of 15 rooms. These rooms will be utilized for triage, treating trauma for life threatening illnesses and injuries, emergency labor and delivery, x-ray, patients with psychiatric health needs, and a family room to support family members experiencing a crisis.

“This money will go a long way in improving healthcare on the leeward coast,” said Richard P. Bettini, President and CEO of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. “The center is still raising private funds to supplement this state grant.”

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