Blessing and Groundbreaking for New Ka’u Family Health and Dental Center

WHAT:

Before construction begins on a new health center in Ka`u, a blessing ceremony and reception will be held to commemorate a new day for Bay Clinic and for health care on Hawai`i Island.

WHEN:

Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:

The Bay Clinic Ka`u Family Health Center

95-5583 Mamalahoa Highway

Naalehu, HI 96772

WHO:

Presenting speakers include: Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO; Mike Gleason, Bay Clinic Board President and The Arc of Hilo President and CEO; Monica Adams, Bay Clinic Director of Development and Regulatory Affairs; Raylene Moses, Bay Clinic Board Member and ‘O Ka`u Kakou Board Treasurer.  Traditional Hawai`ian blessing conducted by Kauila Clark, National Association of Community Health Centers Board Chair and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Board Member.  Musical aloha provided by Keoki Kahumoku, Grammy Award-winning, fifth generation slack-key Guitarist and Founder of the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies.

WHY:

As a source of health care for Ka`u’s 5,800 residents, Bay Clinic’s Ka`u Family Health Center struggles to care for all who seek services with limited and outdated clinical space consisting of only 4 exam rooms and a mobile dental van. Residents of Ka`u are in great need of a more modern and comprehensive medical and dental center to help reduce the many health care disparities faced in this beautiful rural community.

With the support of our community, Bay Clinic is addressing this need.  Once completed, the Ka`u Family Health and Dental Center will be equipped to provide greater services with 8 medical exam rooms, 2 dental rooms and 2 patient and family counseling rooms to care for 3,400 additional patients with 8,500 additional visits.  Along with providing greater access to health care for our southernmost `ohana, this new project will create jobs, provide community services and serve as a beacon of hope for a healthier future on Hawai`i Island.

One Response

  1. Mahalo plenty for helping us to share this invitation with the community!

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