$750,000 For Puna Community Medical Center Emergency Room Approved

On Friday April 25, 2014, the Hawaii State Legislature appropriated $750,000 for a new emergency room facility for the Puna Community Medical Center.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee outside the Puna Community Medical Center

The Senate Ways and Means Committee outside the Puna Community Medical Center

This Capital Improvement Project (CIP) will fund the feasibility study, planning, and the design components for a full service emergency room to serve the Puna District. Currently, the closest emergency room facilities are located in Hilo.

The building of an emergency room facility in Puna is a top priority for Senator Russell Ruderman, whose district is the fastest growing in the state of Hawai‘i.

“I greatly appreciate that the development of this much needed facility in Puna can now move forward with this CIP funding. As the population of Puna continues to climb, the demand for emergency services has also increased significantly.” said Senator Russell Ruderman. “The funding for a new emergency room and related services will provide the Puna District and surrounding areas with a facility that can effectively address the needs of our residents and will save more lives by significantly reducing travel time to a ER.”

 

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