Honolulu — Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced the release of $3.85M for the construction of an ambulance facility in Central Oahu. The release of the general obligation funds will provide for the plans, design, construction and equipment for the facility, which will be located in the Waipio area.
“Through this great collaborative effort between the city and the state, residents in Leeward Oahu will receive enhanced emergency and patient care services with this new Central Oahu Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Facility,” said Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui.
“Providing for the health and safety of our citizens is one of the city’s most vital functions,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “The city is proud to work with the state and the legislature to ensure that we provide critical care and are responsive to the emergency and medical services needs for Central Oahu.”
The Waipio EMS unit has been serving the Central Oahu community since 2008. Currently, the EMS unit is operating out of a building on Ukee Street in Waipio. The unit responds to an average of 14 emergency calls per day.
Senator Michelle Kidani has worked hard championing a new EMS facility in Waipio since 2009.
“Adding this new ambulance station to critical care capacity in Waipio will greatly decrease emergency response time in Mililani, Waipio and all of Central Oahu,” said Senator Kidani (District 18 – Mililani Town, portion of Waipi‘o Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia).
“We are thankful that important projects like the creation of the Central Oahu Ambulance Facility are being supported by Lieutenant Governor Tsutsui. This facility will strengthen emergency medical services for all of our Central Oahu communities and will ensure the proper safety, improved access to health care, and rapid response of emergency services for our families,” said Rep. Ryan Yamane (District 37-Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele)
The Central Oahu EMS Facility will also serve as the Emergency Operations Center of the EMS.
“This facility ensures that EMS will continue to serve and play a vital role in the Central Oahu community to provide quality prehospital care on a daily basis,” said Mark K. Rigg, Director of City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department.
The multi-purpose, multi-function facility includes a communication center and office space includes a full back-up EMS Communications Center. A photovoltaic system, solar water heating, and full back-up generator power will be installed.
The Acting Governor also released funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the State Legislature:
$280,000 – Lanai Community Hospital. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the re-roofing of Lanai Community Hospital.
$300,000 – Kula Hospital. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the remediation and removal of lead paint and asbestos at Kula Hospital.
$542,000 – Maluhia Hospital. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the purchase and installation of new elevator cabs at Maluhia Hospital. The existing elevators are 30 years old and are in constant need of repair and maintenance.
$939,0000 – Leahi Hospital. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the replacement of an aging, obsolete fire alarm system.
$1,000,000 – Maui Memorial Medical Center. These general obligation bond funds will provide for various much needed repairs, including plumbing, asbestos abatement, roof maintenance, etc.
$1,200,000 – Kona Community Hospital. These general obligation bond funds will provide for the completion of the second phase of the ceiling mitigation project at Kona Community Hospital.