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Bill to fund Kauai hospitals headed to governor's desk

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:43 p.m. HST, Nov 05, 2013

The state Senate approved $7.3 million in emergency funding today to sustain two rural Kauai hospitals through next spring. 

House Bill 3, unamended by the Senate, now goes to the governor for signing, which would clear funding for Hawaii Health Systems Corp.'s Kauai regional health care system. 

Sen. Sam Slom was the lone opponent of the bill. 

The appropriation will help pay off $2 million borrowed from the Maui region and $2 million in systemwide obligations owed to the corporate office.  

The Kauai region operates Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, which houses the only inpatient psychiatric unit on the island; Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital; and three physician clinics in Waimea, Kalaheo and Port Allen. 

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LizKauai wrote:
LIFE-SAVING FACILITIES. Please support them!
on November 5,2013 | 11:46AM
Anonymous wrote:
spend more than you make - government economic model. Audits should be done on all departments and government facilities unable to operate within their budget.
on November 5,2013 | 11:52AM
AhiPoke wrote:
This is the tip of the iceberg. For those that don't know, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is a poorly run organization formally referred to as the State Hospital System. Each year it loses more than $100M that needs to be covered by taxpayer subsidies. For years our government, including politicians, have "parked" party loyalists in do nothing jobs in HHSC facilities. Actually they did work, doing political functions while on the government's payroll. Earlier this year Banner Health looked into buying HHSC but talks stopped short because Banner did not want to inherit the public unions, HGEA and UPW. If this situation is not resolved, the annual subsidies will soon reach $200M.
on November 5,2013 | 12:04PM
Honto5 wrote:
I can't vouch that your whole post is 100% accurate, but as a former HHSC employee, I can attest for the "parked" of party loyalists at HHSC faclities. When Former Gov. Ben Cayetano served his last term as Governor just before leaving office, HHSC was asked to take into one of the HHSC facility's an admin staff member from his office that was related to a powerful loyalist union boss. This also coincided during the State's fiscal shortfall crunch that forced the ldownsizing of this particular facility's nursing staff. The results were a few nursing staff was let go and they created a position for the former Gov staff employee that was now "parked" at the same facility. Witnessing this gave me an eye witness look of the corruptive politics in the State of Hawaii.
on November 5,2013 | 12:48PM
rigormortis wrote:
I thought this emergency session was for one reason only. Well, I guess if you're called in for overtime you may as well spend more money that you don't have.
on November 5,2013 | 04:03PM
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