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Waikiki Health Center upgrades with $38,000 in local grants

Local grants funded upgrades at the Waikiki Health Center. Photo courtesy Waikiki Health Center. Local grants funded upgrades at the Waikiki Health Center. Photo courtesy Waikiki Health Center.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Local foundations and service groups contributed $38,544 to help the Waikiki Health Center equip their new exam rooms, existing exam rooms and other service areas.

The work includes a recently completed expansion at its main clinic on Ohua Avenue - adding three wheelchair-accessible exam rooms, a pharmacy and retinal services room, among other structural enhancements.

The clinic's lanai was enclosed to add three exam rooms, which will accommodate 4,800 more patient visits annually. The new exam rooms will make services more accessible for those who are disabled, reduce patient wait time, and allow for more same-day appointments.

"With the impact of the economic downturn, more and more people are seeking affordable, quality healthcare," said Sheila Beckham, the health center's executive director. "Waikiki Health Center is rising to this challenge by re-configuring existing space to meet the growing need."

Donations include: the UHA Foundation awarded $5,000 toward equipment and supplies for one of the new exam rooms; Rotary Club of Ala Moana gave $2,044 to purchase an exam table and clinical equipment; Atherton Family Foundation granted $10,000 to replace existing exam tables with functionally superior equipment to enhance patient care; Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Public Health Fund awarded $16,500 to purchase equipment for the Minor Surgical Procedure Room; and Hawaii Women's Legal Foundation (HWLF) granted $5,000 for specialized pediatric equipment.

Construction of the three exam rooms was funded primarily by private gifts. Federal Stimulus funding supported major structural upgrades and repairs to the 60-year-old building.The projects were carried out concurrently to minimize disruption of patient services.

In 2009, Waikiki Health Center provided 21,138 primary care visits to 5,731 individual patients agency-wide - 3,000 more visits than in the previous year.

For more information call 922-4787 or visit the web site at www.waikikihc.org.

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