One family's gift creates a new clinic for wheelchair patients

HONOLULU (KHNL) -A gift from one family hopes to provide the extra care needed for wheelchair patients and those who strive to walk again.

After nearly $150,000 dollars in donations since 1998, the Kosasa family, owners of the ABC Stores donated another $10,000 dollars to create the Kosasa Gait and Wheelchair Clinic at The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific located on North Kuakini Street on Oahu.

"We're so thankful to the Kosasa family for this gift," said Michael W. Perry, REHAB Foundation Chairman of the Board.

The new clinic will be located on the second floor of the REHAB hospital. The renovated area will allow physical therapists to conduct assessments and assist clinicians with the ordering and setting up of the seating systems for wheelchair patients.

"For the past six months, our Physical Therapy staff has been working out of a small room to help patients with their gait or wheelchair seating needs, " said Susan Fujita, Director of Inpatient Therapy Services."This generous donation will allow us to create a proper clinic where we will be able to do full assessments and analyses of a patient's gait."

Currently 25% percent of all patients at the REHAB hospital require wheelchairs.

The hospital which was established in 1984 relies heavily on gifts from the community to support its rehabilitation programs.

Treating nearly 8,000 patients a year the REHAB hospital is the only acute care medical rehabilitation organization serving both Hawaii and the Pacific.

"We know many people who have benefited from the hospital, and obtained a better quality of life because of the care they received at REHAB,"said Paul Kosasa, CEO and President of ABC Stores.

Currently, 80% of all REHAB patients could potentially visit the Kosasa Gait and Wheelchair Clinic which makes it a valuable resource for all of those in need.