Director: Lanai health center could open in 2016

Director: Lanai health center could open in 2016

LANAI CITY, Hawaii (AP) - The executive director of an $8 million health center planned for Lanai says construction could be finished by the middle of next year with plans to open in 2016.

The Maui News reports Lanai Community Health Center Executive Director Diana Shaw says things are moving in the right direction.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie released $500,000 for the construction this week and the Legislature has approved another $1.75 million in state funding.

Shaw says the project is helped by brisk construction elsewhere on the island since Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison bought most of Lanai's land in June 2012. Shaw says some contractors the health center is working with are already on the island.

The new health center is expected to be five times larger than the current facility.

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