Hilo, Hawaii August 4, 2014…Patients at Hilo Medical Center will enjoy a ride in the new handy lift van that will transport them to dental, ophthalmologist, and other special appointments around Hilo. Hilo Medical Center Foundation president Julie Tulang presented the keys to the new van to acting Hilo Medical Center CEO Dan Brinkman and his transport staff. This vehicle was secured through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), section 5310 program that is administered by State Department of Transportation.
Executive Director Lori Rogers stated, “it was former Hawaii County Transit Director Tom Brown who helped link the Hilo Medical Center Foundation to this funding resource, we are grateful to Tom for all his help and guidance”. This FTA program is an 80/20 cost shared program, FTA funded eighty percent of the cost of the vehicle and Hilo Medical Center was willing to provide the twenty percent share. Rogers stated, “it will be nice for the patients who are being transported and particularly wonderful for the staff.
Hilo Medical Center Foundation mission is to support Hilo Medical Center with projects that benefit the greater community. This is possible through the generous donation from organizations, businesses and you the individuals. To donate to your community hospital please visit the Hilo Medical Center Foundation website at hilomedicalcenterfoundation.org or call 935-2957.