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Hospice of Hilo to build first neighbor island in-patient hospice facility


Hospice of Hilo plans to build the first Neighbor Island in-patient hospice facility later this year in Hilo. The new development will provide assistance for patients who are too sick to be cared for at home or don’t have family members available to serve as caregivers.

The $10 million project has been planned for years, moving forward despite a down economy. With major financial support from the County of Hawaii and American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds, Hospice of Hilo has taken the first steps in furthering its progress. The infrastructure and site improvement phase was completed with these funds, and additional funding is being sought for construction of the new 14,140 square foot home-like facility.

From 1992 to 2009 Hospice of Hilo has cared for more than 3,285 people in the East and South areas of Hawaii Island. Cynthia Sorenson and Sid Fuke, the co-chairs of the capital campaign, note this new facility will provide a much-needed resource for the larger Big Island community.

Sorenson has been active in Hospice of Hilo since 1985, serving on the Board of Directors and as President. Fuke is a planning consultant and former County Planning Director. He has been involved with Hospice of Hilo since 1998 as a Board member, Vice President and President.

Hospice of Hilo is a private, non-profit agency providing compassionate, quality end-of-life care through support, counseling and education. For more than 25 years Hospice of Hilo has served Hawaii Island from Lapahoehoe to South Point. Care and support is provided to all terminally ill patients and their families without regard to diagnosis, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, creed, disability, age, place of residence or ability to pay.

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