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January 2, 2012

Think About It: Saint/Sadness

As I drove by the just-about defunct Hawaii Medical Center East in Liliha the other day, I noticed the sad irony and dichotomy of signs sitting by the hospital's front entrance. Right next to a sign recently added that indicated pride in the upcoming beatification of Blessed Marianne Cope was a sign hastily placed over the emergency room sign, indicating that the emergency room was closed.

That sign meant go away, you are not welcome here. That sign indicated that the hospital had failed in its mission to take care of the needy and the ill, in stark contrast to the miracle workings at the hands of the kind Ms. Cope at Kalaupapa. While soon-to-be Saint Marianne is an inspiration, the business failings of the Hawaii Medical Center have left patients and families traumatized, and placed transplant hopefuls in a situation of great stress and bewilderment. There are obviously many details as to why a hospital fails, but all that matters now is what's next for those in need who can no longer depend on the Ewa and Liliha facilities.

Luckily, in Hawaii, we have great hospitals and care facilities that are reaching out to help in this great time of need, as soon as the incessant paperwork and insurance forms are handled, of course. Hopefully, people will show patience as these facilities now increase their number of patients. And perhaps some of the nearly 1,000 people put out of work by the Hawaii Medical Center closures will find employment quickly at hospitals that take on additional cases and responsibility. Businesses fail all the time, but when that failure involves life and death situations, as with a hospital, the pain becomes that much more acute. Think about it…

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