Just north of Kā‘anapali, on land that is part of the Kā‘anapali 2020 community plan, sits 14.994 acres of land between the Honoapi‘ilani Highway and Kā‘anapali Coffee Farms. This site will soon become the first hospital built in Hawai‘i in 20 years, and West Maui’s connection to healthcare; a 24-hour emergency room and hospital with 25 critical access beds, plus three operating rooms. Unlike large state-run hospitals, this small private facility will be able to achieve a “critical access” designation from the Federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under this designation, cost based reimbursement for services to Medicare and Medicaid patients will give the West Maui Hospital business model a high probability for success. Adjacent to the small hospital there will be two other facilities: a 40-bed Skilled Nursing Facility, a separate 40-bed Assisted Living Facility, as well as a future 40-bed Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility. West Maui residents will also benefit from two new medical office building; clinics on the hospital campus, so that physician and hospital services are available at one central location, midway between LāhaināKā‘anapali and Honokōwai Kapalua areas. Currently, it takes up to one hour to drive to Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku; an ambulance can make the run in 30 minutes in good weather. The single lane highway that winds over the Pali cliffs between Lāhainā and Wailuku can be impassable during rockslides or run-away brush fires, and there is no safe alternate route. For West Maui residents and visitors, access to immediate critical care in Lāhainā could make the difference between life and death—especially for victims of stroke, heart attack, or major trauma. The community has supported this hospital project since its inception in 2002.
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