“Without operational organ transplant services in the state, patients with end-stage diseases must register on transplant waiting lists for mainland transplant centers and many of these patients will face a longer waiting time,” stated Governor Abercrombie who signed HB 608 at The Queen’s Medical Center. “This was a collaborative effort where the Legislature, community members, and health providers understood that lives were at stake. I’m grateful that we are able to make a positive difference.”
This is the first bill enacted by the Governor this session. The sum appropriated, which are subject to dollar-for-dollar private matching funds, include:
- $1.5M to The Queen’s Medical Center to support services to perform kidney and liver transplants in Hawai'i.
- $300,000 to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawai'i to maintain its chronic kidney disease management program.