Hawaii lawmaker has plans for new Kona hospital

Hawaii lawmaker has plans for new Kona hospital

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A state lawmaker is looking to put the hundreds of acres of state land near Kona International Airport to use as a new Kona hospital.

West Hawaii Today reports that Naalehu Rep. Richard Creagan wants the hospital to provide health care services and serve a teaching function. He says he has already has support from the dean of the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine, Jerris Hedges, for a partnership with the hospital.

The land is close to the airport and Hawaii Community College - Palamanui, which Creagan says would also allow the college to coordinate training opportunities for its nursing program.

Kona Sen. Josh Green, a Kohala emergency room doctor, said he supports Creagan's plan and would introduce legislation to enable a public-private partnership to get the hospital up and running.

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