Letters — From Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Regarding State Funding

Dear Chamber and Community Members,


We have received word that the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) has removed the designated $2.8 million for Program ID HTH212 Hawaii Health Systems Corporation for Hilo Medical Center Primary Care Residency Program as stated in the Governor’s Budget Bill H.B. 1700 H.D. 1.


This funding is crucial to help us further establish and sustain this much-needed program. The Primary Care Training Program is a unique solution to the complex and growing problem of physician shortage on our neighbor island communities. We need your voice to help us build momentum and ask our legislators to reinstate the budgetary line item of $2.8 million back into the governor’s budget.


We need you to email or write a letter to the Delegates below by sharing any personal story related to the need for a primary doctor for your family, friends, or employees. Please voice your support for full funding of $2.8 million for the Primary Care Training Program at Hilo Medical Center; otherwise known as the “Residency Program.”

As always, thank you for your time and efforts.



Delegate Contact Information:

Governor Neil Abercrombiegovernor.abercrombie@hawaii.Gov

Executive Chambers, State Capitol

phone: 808-586-0034

Sen. David Y. IgeWAM Committee Chair       


Senate District 16
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 208
phone: 808-586-6230
fax: 808-586-6231

Sen. Michelle N. KidaniWAM Committee Vice Chair          


Senate District 18
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 228
phone: 808-586-7100
fax: 808-586-7109

Sen. Donna Mercado KimSenate President


Senate District 14
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 409
phone: 808-587-7200
fax: 808-587-7205

Sen. Russell E. RudermanWAM Committee & Hawaii Island Delegate                  


Senate District 2
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 217
phone: 808-586-6890
fax: 808-586-6899

Sen. Josh GreenChair Senate Committee on Health & Hawaii Island Delegate


Senate District 3

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 215
phone: 808-586-9385
fax: 808-586-9391

Sen. Malama SolomonHawaii Island Delegate


Senate District 4

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 210

phone: 808-586-7335

fax: 808-586-7339

Sen. Gilbert KaheleWAM Committee & Hawaii Island Delegate                        


Senate District 1
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 213
phone: 808-586-6760
fax: 808-586-6689

Rep. Sylvia LukeChair of House Finance Committee                                 


House District 25
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 306
phone: 808-586-6200
fax: 808-586-6201


Rep. Aaron Ling JohansonVice Chair of House Finance Committee             


House District 25

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 306
phone: 808-586-6200
fax: 808-586-6201

Rep. Scott Y. NishimotoVice Chair of House Finance Committee


House District 21
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 421
phone: 808-586-8515
fax: 808-586-8519

Rep. Joseph M. SoukiSpeaker of the House


Hawaii State Capitol, Room 431
phone: 808-586-6100
fax: 808-586-6101



Rep. Mark NakashimaHawaii Island Representative


House District 1

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 406
phone: 808-586-6680

Rep. Richard OnishiHouse Finance Committee & Hawaii Island Representative


Hawaii State Capitol, Room 313
phone: 808-586-6120
fax: 808-586-6121

Rep. Cindy EvansBig Island Representative


House District 7

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 425
phone: 808-586-8510

Rep. Clift TsujiHawaii Island Representative


House District 2

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 402
phone: 808-586-8480
fax: 808-586-8484

Rep. Faye HanohanoHawaii Island Representative


House District 4

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 418
phone: 808-586-6530
fax: 808-586-6531

Rep. Nicole E. LowenHawaii Island Representative


House District 6

Hawaii State Capitol, Room 328

phone: 808-586-8400



Please forward to family, friends, business associates, etc. to gain more support and momentum


Thank you,


Lori Rogers, Executive Director

1 reply
  1. Roy Dean
    Roy Dean says:

    There are provisions in the State Constitution and
    County Charter covering the Safety and Welfare of the
    taxpayers/citizens. This move places the Safety and Welfare of Puna taxpayers in jeopardy! It would appear
    the body politic of Hawaii County is OK with this circumstance since there does not appear to be any public protest by the Hawaii County Council on behalf of their

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