The Sullivan Building lobby was filled to near capacity last Friday, May 31, as media and invited guests gathered for a morning news conference to learn about St. Francis Healthcare System’s plans to further the healthcare ministry that began with St. Marianne Cope and the Sisters of St. Francis in the Islands 130 years ago.
Jerry Correa, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System, unveiled plans for a 100-bed skilled nursing facility to be located in the Sullivan Building on the Liliha campus. The facility will serve those who are discharged from an acute hospital care and may need ongoing nursing care or specialized rehabilitative services before they are ready to go home.
Construction, which will involve renovating a total of about 50,000 square on the third, fourth and fifth floors of the former hospital building, is targeted for completion in July 2014.
After being licensed, the skilled nursing facility will be ready to care for patients by the end of summer. There is currently a shortage of skilled nursing beds in Hawaii and the new facility will fill a vital need in the community. The facility will create more construction and healthcare jobs for the community. MGA Architecture has been selected as the project architect. Most will be private rooms, which will be different from most nursing homes in Hawaii. Families who visit their loved ones at the new Liliha facility will be able to enjoy a beautiful and comfortable home‐like atmosphere and residents will have an expansive activity room with panoramic views of Honolulu, from Punchbowl to Pearl Harbor.
“We will continue to focus our attention on what we do best: home- and community-based care to meet the needs of the community and to be a valuable partner to Hawaii’s acute care hospitals,” Jerry said.
Since receiving the hospital assets of the East and West campuses last year, St. Francis has been moving forward at a steady clip. Within six months after the hospital assets returned to St. Francis, the West campus assets were sold to The Queen’s Health Systems in December 2012, and plans are now under way to transform the Liliha campus. Driving these initiatives is St. Francis Healthcare System team’s steadfast commitment to the mission of creating healthy communities in the Spirit of Christ’s healing ministry and a desire to be responsible stewards of the Liliha assets.
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation Presents $4 Million Gift
As part of the news conference, The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation presented a symbolic check to St. Francis Healthcare System for $4 million for the skilled nursing facility, which will be named the Clarence T. C. Ching Skilled Nursing Facility. “We are pleased to support St. Francis Healthcare System and meet the needs of the community,” said Raymond J. Tam, Vice Chairman and Trustee of The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, who shared anecdotes about his hard-working “Uncle Clarence “ and how he continued to show respect for his elders even after being successful. “This skilled nursing facility will provide nursing care and rehabilitation with the same quality that has been long been associated with St. Francis.”
“Collaboration is the key to the fruition of this new vision for Liliha,” Jerry said. “We appreciate The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation for being one of the first organizations to step forward with their generous support.”