Grateful for your support

Grateful for your support

Saturday, April 1, 2023, 12:05 a.m.


Kona Community Hospital staff and ohana wave signs Thursday on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. Courtesy Photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

Dozens of people recently rallied for Kona Community

Hospital on Queen Ka`ahumanu Highway adjacent to the LDS Church. Waving signs and shakas, hospital

leadership, board members, doctors, staff, and family came together to thank the community and Big

Island legislators for their support while the hospital seeks funding for crucial infrastructure upgrades.

“I am overwhelmed by the support our community is giving us,” said Clayton McGhan, Kona Community

Hospital Chief Executive Officer. “We love this community we call home, and it’s clear the people here

care about their hospital. They are the reason this funding is important. We’re also very grateful to our

government leaders, including Senator Kanuha and Representatives Lowen and Kahaloa for their

support. They have listened to and championed our needs during this legislative session.”

Kona Community Hospital is seeking almost $19 million from the state legislature to upgrade its nearly 50-year-old facility on Haukapila Street in Kealakekua. The funds would cover improvements to areas like its central utility lines, HVAC system, and the hospital’s pharmacy drug compounding facility.

Without the full appropriation to fix these items, the hospital might lose its ability to perform surgeries

and provide some emergency care. Patients and their relatives know that it could be the difference between life and death.

The sign-waving event provided an opportunity for hospital personnel to show their appreciation. “The overwhelmingly positive reaction of cars passing by filled our hearts,” said chief nurse executive, DianeHale. “We truly are grateful for our community’s support.”