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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 2:35 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2009

Hawaii hospitals get $625,000 for upgrades

Advertiser Staff

Five Hawai'i public health facilities will share $625,000 for improvements.

Gov. Linda Lingle has released the money that will benefit facilities managed by the Hawai'i Health Systems Corp. on the Big Island, Kaua'i and O'ahu.

On the Big Island, Kohala Hospital will receive $248,000 for design and construction to remodel patient bathrooms, retile flooring and paint interior and exterior walls. Design work should begin this month and be completed in April. Construction should begin in June and end in 2011. The total cost of the project is estimated at $753,00

Hale Ho'ola Hamakua, also on the Big Island, will receive $202,000 to finance repairs to the hospital's interior and exterior walls and ceilings. Work will begin this month and end in April.

Kona Community Hospital, on the Big Island, will use $77,770 to improve air-conditioning beginning next month. The total cost of the project, which includes $23,500 in design fees, is $101,270 and should be completed in March.

On Kaua'i, Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital will receive $66,000 to replace plumbing lines at the facility. The project will begin this month and end in July.

On O'ahu, Le'ahi Hospital will use $31,310 to replace hospital doors. The work is under way and should be done next month.