Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation


Our Mission

To raise funds to help implement improvements to Kohala Hospital's facilities, in order to deliver the highest possible level of health care to the Kohala community.


Current Projects

Our 2019 projects include Hospital Grounds Beautification (Garden Project), purchasing additional hospital beds and furniture.


2019 Project Goals


1. Aditional Funding for the Garden Project.

2. More acute and long-term care patient beds.

3. Hospital Furnishings to replace well worn furniture for the entrance of the hospital for patients, employees and guests to enjoy.


Completed Projects

Thanks to your support, our largest project was recently completed. This included building a new Emergency Department and Waiting Room with Patrick Ching's beautiful artwork. Much needed equipment that included hospital beds, portable x-ray machine, ultra sound equipment, patient van, kitchen stove and hot and cold food cart were also purchased.


The New Emergency Department


The Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation has raised money through sponsoring numerous events over the last decade. These events are well documented in our timeline. When combined with gernerous donations, we have funded and completed several major projects.


Past Events

Were you there having fun?

7

Golf Tournaments

3

Beer, Boots, Brats & Barbeque

Numerous

Other Events

Countless

Donations


Hospital History

Kohala Hospital

Kohala Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital with both acute and long term care services, and a 24 hour Emergency Room. The hospital is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, an agency of the State of Hawaii established in 1996.

Kohala Hospital and Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation Kohala Hospital in Kapaau has gone through many changes since the plantation days. For most of its early years it was a ‘stand alone’ health care facility for the people of North Kohala. Waimea and Kona were too far away to make much of a difference when a life was at stake.

In 1962, the current structure was built and it provided 24 long term and 4 acute care beds and offered emergency service 24/7. When the major employer, Kohala Sugar Company, shut down in 1975, the population declined and the hospital settled into a holding pattern.

In 2002, the State of Hawaii legislature proposed closing Kohala Hospital in a cost saving effort. A group of local citizens had another idea and formed the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation with the goal that if the hospital had a greater capacity to manage the health care of the Kohala community it would be more difficult for the State to close the hospital down.

Currently, Kohala Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital with acute and long term care services and a 24 hour Emergency Room . The hospital is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, an agency of the State of Hawaii established in 1996. The hospital’s future is not only secure plus it has much improved capability for saving lives, a better quality of life for the long term care residents and it offers a more pleasant work environment for its employees.

The Foundation has played a key role in these accomplishments/improvements. Due to the Foundation fundraising efforts over the years the hospital has been able to purchase furnishings for long-term care residents, a portable X-Ray machine, Ultrasound equipment, a patient transportation van, a new stove for the hospital kitchen, installed a new phone system and other infrastructure upgrades throughout the hospital.

For the past few years, the Foundation has been working closely with the hospital administrative staff in the planning the relocation and enlargement of a new Emergency Room. Construction began Fall of 2013 and completion of the ER is targeted for Spring of 2016.

The Foundation has contributed $450,000 for the ER construction project.


Board of Directors

Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation's
dedicated and hard working officers

Dixie Adams

President

Shoshana Matsumura

Vice President

Rebecca Miller-Steel

Secretary

Cindy Sakai

Treasurer

Elsbeth Meinardus

Corresponding Secretary

Donna M. Beumler

Special Adviser

Sara Cameron

Health Adviser


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