Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced this week that the Makana North Shore Urgent Care will receive a nearly $1.1 million in a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan to complete construction and help with operating costs of a new urgent care clinic to serve Kaua‘i’s North Shore community, according to a news release from Hirono’s staff.
“Rural communities across Hawaii continue to face challenges in accessing health care services,” Hirono said. “This loan will help complete construction of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Clinic, and ensure that the clinic has the necessary resources to serve Kaua‘i’s North Shore.”
Makaala Kaaumoana, Member of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care Board of Directors, said Makana Urgent Care Clinic will bring critical medical care to Kaua‘i’s North Shore community, and provide many added benefits, including laboratory and x-ray services to local physicians.”
“As a nonprofit, the staff and Board of Directors are looking forward to being a partner, working together to take care of each other and our community,” Kaaumoana said.
Dr. Edward J Kimball, Makana Foundation President, said they are in the final stages of construction of the Makana North Shore Urgent Care, a much needed medical facility on Kauai’s North Shore,
“This facility is being built with the support of generous private donations from the local community and through a USDA Rural Development Loan. This project will provide 24/7 urgent medical care, including x-ray and lab facilities to a rural and remote population on Kaua‘i. Further, this care will be delivered by a team of experienced board certified emergency physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses. We are sincerely grateful for the USDA support and for the many efforts from Senator Hirono and her staff in helping this project come to fruition,” Kimball said.
The Makana North Shore Urgent Care Clinic is currently under construction, and is scheduled to open next spring. Last May, Hirono worked with USDA leadership to expedite approval for the loan, according to the release.