Lahaina Hospital

Establishes a hospital facility in Lahaina, Maui.

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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that emergency medical
 2 facilities in Lahaina, Maui, are insufficient for the needs of
 3 the community.  The Maui Medical Group and the Kaiser Permanente
 4 Medical Care Program are the only two primary care clinics in
 5 Lahaina.  Should there be an emergency during off-business hours,
 6 residents have no choice but to be taken by one of only two
 7 emergency ambulances to Maui Memorial Hospital in Wailuku, a one
 8 hour drive during peak hours, and at least a forty-five minute
 9 drive during non-peak hours.  Additionally, depending on the
10 severity of the emergency, such as a heart attack, the patient
11 would have to be rushed to Maui Memorial Hospital because the
12 primary care clinics are only equipped with medication and
13 supplies for out-patient care.  Furthermore, there is only one
14 road between Wailuku and Lahaina, and any closure would prevent
15 the ambulance from reaching its destination.
16      The purpose of this Act is to establish a community
17 hospital in Lahaina, Maui.
18      SECTION 2.  There is established a community hospital in
19 Lahaina, Maui, to be placed within the jurisdiction of the Hawaii

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 1 health systems corporation pursuant to chapter 323F, Hawaii
 2 Revised Statutes.  The community hospital shall provide but not
 3 be limited to the following services:
 4      (1)  After-hour care in cases of emergency;
 5      (2)  In- and out-patient care;
 6      (3)  Comprehensive primary care; and
 7      (4)  Emergency room operations.
 8      The Hawaii health systems corporation, the department of
 9 health, and the state health planning and development agency
10 shall work cooperatively with the Lahaina community in planning,
11 developing, and establishing the community hospital.
12      SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general
13 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $      or so much
14 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 for the
15 establishment of a community hospital in Lahaina, Maui.
16      The sum appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii health
17 systems corporation for the purposes of this Act.
18      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
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