Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific gets $3 million from Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation | Business
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) Foundation announced today it received the first installment of $1 million from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in support of the hospital’s renovation. The Weinberg Foundation has pledged a total of $3 million to REHAB’s capital campaign, and today’s amount was presented at a luncheon held at the Sheraton Waikiki.
“The generous and caring spirit of the Weinberg Foundation can be found throughout our community,” said Michael W. Perry, REHAB Foundation’s Chairman of the Board. “Their support will allow REHAB to continue to provide the highest level of rehabilitative care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, and offer services that enhance and enrich the patients’ quality of life.”
REHAB is the only hospital in Hawaii to provide acute rehabilitative care, and is a vital resource for everyone in Hawaii.
To date, REHAB Foundation has received over 80% of the $17.2 million capital campaign goal from private foundations, government, organizations and individuals. The public support phase of the campaign will kick off in conjunction with REHAB’s 60th anniversary later in the year.
REHAB has completed the renovation of the third and fourth patient floors of the hospital and is currently working on the second floor to be completed by the end of 2013. Construction of the lobby and external part of the building and grounds will follow. The goals of this project include:
· Increase and improve capacity with new programs and services - The latest technological advancements in treatment and care will be installed, including medical gasses and patient lifts, which will be built into rooms for patients with complex conditions. No other organization in the state can treat these patients with acute conditions, and they either must travel to the mainland for care, or forgo the care they need to recover to their potential. Areas will also be created for new clinical programs.
- Improve patient care – Patient care will be enhanced with new features including an enclosed brain injury unit with special features that will reduce noise and create a calming environment, an infection control room with negative air ionizers to reduce the spread of infection, “family-centered” rooms, and transitional apartments for patients preparing to return home to practice their functional self-help skills.
- Infrastructure improvements – Improvements will be made to the infrastructure so that it is in compliance with regulations put into place after the facility was built. Air conditioning system will be replaced for improved air quality for patients and staff while lengthening the life of hospital equipment. New roofing, plumbing and electrical will be incorporated to provide necessary upgrades to the aged facility. Lighting system and hurricane resistant windows will also be installed for emergency preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.
About Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation
The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation was established in 1984 solely to support the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB), its programs and patients. Gifts from the community allow the REHAB Foundation to enrich and enhance the rehabilitation experience for patients. Funding provides vital support for medical equipment purchases, scholarships, patient care programs and capital improvement projects all with one goal in mind: to maximize each patient's recovery. www.rehabhospital.org