LAWMAKERS SECURE FUNDS FOR HILO MEDICAL CENTER EXPANSION
Hilo, Hawaiʻi – Hawaiʻi Island lawmakers are pleased to announce that $50 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds are secured in the state budget for the expansion of Hilo Medical Center. The funds are designated for the construction and equipment for the intensive care unit, and the expansion of the medical surgical unit.
"This appropriation marks the culmination of several years of work to bring this effort to fruition, which began in 2020 when Hilo Medical Center first approached the Hawaiʻi Island Delegation regarding the need to accommodate the growing demand for services from the East Hawaiʻi Community," said Representative Mark Nakashima (D-1, Hamakua, portion of Hilo, Kaʻūmana). "That year, COVID struck us and the Hilo Medical Center appropriation was moved to Federal Funds in anticipation of federal money that would be made available for health care to address the growing pandemic. This year, the stars have aligned to allow us to announce the funding for a new wing for HMC, providing additional surgical and maternity beds for the Hawaiʻi Island Community."
"The funding for this expansion at Hilo Medical Center will address the issues of expanded services and increased capacity that have been a problem recognized by our Hilo Representatives," said Representative Richard H.K. Onishi (D-2, Hilo).
"This funding is a massive win for the future of East Hawaiʻi and I am very excited our team was able to deliver," said Representative Chris Todd (D-3, Portion of Hilo, Keaukaha, Orchidlands Estate, ‘Āinaloa, Hawaiian Acres, Fern Acres, portions of Kurtistown and Keaʻau).
Originally founded in 1897 as a small, 10-bed hospital, Hilo Medical Center has since grown and undergone numerous expansions and renovations. The CIP funds will help improve and expand the facilities and services for Hawaiʻi Island's largest hospital and designated Level III Trauma Center.
A final version of the State Budget Bill (HB300 CD1) was approved on Tuesday night by House and Senate conferees. Both chambers will vote on the floor before it goes to the governor's desk for signature.