Updates to the Hawaii State Hospital master plan include replacing the vacant Goddard building with a new 144-bed forensic hospital.
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The state Department of Health is unveiling an updated plan for the Hawai‘i State Hospital, that would more than double the amount of available beds for patients. The new plan includes a 144-bed state of the art facility, designed to ease overcrowding and improve safety for patients and staff.
For months, a state Senate panel has investigated the problems plaguing the state hospital. After on-site visits and conversations with workers and administrative staff, is the emerging picture of those problems changing how they need to be fixed? Our panel includes Senator Josh Green, Department of Health Adult Mental Administrator Mark Fridovich and the new administrator of the Hawaii State Hospital, William May.
Two hospitals serving some of Oahu's most vulnerable patients are in financial crisis. Leahi and Maluhia hospitals have frozen admissions and are cutting staff. They're also reducing the number of available beds by 25-percent, a decision that will have a broader impact for medical care around the island.