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State hospitals to receive $4.5M to upgrade facilities

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Good news for the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. Governor Linda Lingle has released $4.5 million to go towards improvements to state hospital facilities on Maui and Oahu.

On Maui, $2.5 million will be given to the Maui Memorial Medical Center. The money will be used to finance the design, construction and equipment to upgrade the patient monitoring system.

Once finished, Maui Memorial will have an advanced telemetry system. This system will help hospital staff monitor patients and access patient data in a timely manner, regardless of where the patient is located in the facility.

The project is expected to be completed in August of 2011.

On Oahu, two million dollars will go toward the design and construction for a new parking lot at Maluhia Hospital, a long-term care and nursing center.

The new parking lot will be located on Keola Road and Kuakini Street. It will enable hospital employees to park in the new capacity and will free up more visitor stalls.

Governor Lingle released this statement:

"These projects are part of our ongoing commitment to upgrade our public hospital facilities and improve the delivery of health care services, as well as ensure the safety of patients, staff and visitors."

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