It will be a geriatric village. That's how a revamped St. Francis Medical Center is being described.
The hallways and rooms are empty right now at St. Francis Medical Center in Liliha, but thanks to a $4 million donation from the Clarence TC Ching Foundation, all that will change.
"We asked them for help. It was really quick. The relationship has been in existence for 40 years. But we needed a vision, we needed a vision for the campus," St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii president and CEO Jerry Correa, Jr. said.
The artist's rendering of a portion of the revamped facility gives us a bit of an idea.
"We want it to be a geriatric village. We've got the cancer center, cancer treatment on campus, we have dialysis on campus, skilled nursing, we want to do wellness, and in the future, we want to do possibly assisted living on campus," Correa said.
For it's part, the Clarence TC Ching Foundation was happy to help with this start-up.
"And this was a beautiful request from St. Francis. There's a great need for a skilled nursing facility and we thought, what a way to fulfill it," said Raymond Tam, of the Clarence TC Ching Foundation.
The facility has been through its ups and downs over recent years, but the grant from the foundation will make a difference in health care for seniors in the future.
"This is a great step forward. This is something that's really needed. I think the sisters have the right vision. We have an aging population. We need to have more quality skilled nursing facilities," said State Health Director Loretta Fuddy.
The long range goal is for the facility to offer outpatient service and provide about 100 beds for some seniors requiring skilled nursing around the clock.
All involved agree -- it's the right time and the right place.
"There are many families here, but there are also many seniors here. So I think this is a perfect location. We need something in east Oahu," Fuddy said.
The facility's upgrade is expected to be finished by late 2014.
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