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Schatz: Rural Hospitals Across Hawai‘i Set To Receive More Than $2.5 Million In Federal Funding For COVID-19 Testing, Mitigation

New Federal Funding Will Support 10 Hospitals On Molokai, Lanai, Maui, Hawai‘i Island, Kauai, Oahu

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced that 10 small rural hospitals in Hawai‘i – those with fewer than 50 beds and Critical Access Hospitals – will receive $2,583,760 in new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan. This funding will help these hospitals expand COVID-19 testing for people living in rural communities and tailor mitigation efforts to meet local needs – such as community education and workforce expenses.

“Families in rural areas across Hawai‘i rely on local hospitals to get the health care they need in their own communities,” said Senator Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This new federal funding will support rural hospitals on the frontlines of the pandemic and help more people access COVID-19 testing and other resources close to home to keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy.”

The new federal funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). It will go to the following small rural hospitals:

  • Hale Hoola Hamakua
  • Kahuku Medical Center
  • Kau Hospital
  • Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
  • Kohala Hospital
  • Kula Hospital
  • Lanai Community Hospital
  • Molokai General Hospital
  • Queen’s North Hawai‘i Community Hospital
  • Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital