Mahelona hospital gets help from Vidinha Trust

KAPA‘A — The amount on the check staggered Betty Matsumura of the Mahelona Hospital Auxiliary.

Matsumura was selected to accept the grant from Phil Scott, representing the Antone & Edene Vidinha Charitable Trust, Thursday morning when Scott and Tad Miura presented the grant for $71,615.

Matsumura was selected to accept the check because it was through her efforts and the auxiliary that application for the funds was done.

“This is so much money,” an excited Matsumura said.

Llewellyn Wynne, RN, the assistant administrator and clinical operating officer for the hospital, said the funds will be used to obtain equipment for three areas of the hospital.

“The Emergency Room will be getting a pediatric emergency kit as well as two cardiac monitors,” Wynne said. “Additionally, the psychiatric unit will be getting new recreation equipment, and the long term care unit will be getting new drapes for the auditorium, solarium and the patient rooms.”

Wynne said it’s been a while since the curtains were changed, and because of the size of the windows in the patient’s rooms, replacement costs for drapes and curtains can be expensive.

But the grant from the Vidinha Trust will help the patients get some needed new curtains, she said.

An excited Matsumura, still carrying the check and showing it to all the volunteers and staff, interrupted Wynne, “Do you want to touch this? It’s so much money!”

The Vidinha Trust was established to benefit the people of Kaua‘i in four major areas — churches on Kaua‘i, hospitals, health organizations which benefit the people of Kaua‘i, and educational scholarships to colleges and universities in the state of Hawai‘i for deserving students from the island of Kaua‘i.

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