HONOLULU – Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday afternoon announced the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds to the Lanai Community Health Center (LCHC). Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will go toward the construction of a new facility to accommodate the island’s health care needs.
LCHC serves 1,190 patients, which is approximately 40 percent of the Lanai’s estimated population of 3,100 residents.
“We recognize the crucial role the Lanai Community Health Center plays in serving the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Lanai,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Providing the necessary facilities in order to allow the health center to continue its mission will help eliminate barriers to health care services and raise the standard of living for many of our residents.”
The new facility will be located in the heart of Lanai City, is nearly five times larger than the existing clinical facility, and will contain nine exam rooms (compared to the current three), a procedure room, dental x-ray, dental and general lab facilities, conference and general administrative office facilities, and a community activity room.
LCHC is a non-profit organization that provides medical and dental services for low-to-moderate income residents of Lanai. Special emphasis is placed on targeting the uninsured and underinsured men, women, children and families who have few or no alternatives for affordable health care.
LCHC carries out its mission by directly providing health services (primary care, dental, behavioral health, and limited specialty services), providing activities and services through partnerships with local organizations, and by working collaboratively to provide space for partners who can provide needed services for Lanai.