By Wendy Osher
Hospice Maui is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from Saltchuk Hawaiʻi Companies, that will go towards a planned facility expansion project that is set to break ground later this year.
The $3.5 million project includes the island’s first residential Hospice Home, and a new Hospice Care Coordination Center, Hospice Maui executives said.
“The Saltchuk Hawaiʻi Companies chose to support this project because we believe in Hospice Maui’s mission and feel that their Facilities Expansion project will have a positive impact on the health of the entire island community of Maui,” said Saltchuk Regional Giving Committee member Kimo Haynes, president of Maui and Hawaiʻi Petroleum in a press release statement.
Saltchuck is the parent company of Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaiʻi and Maui Petroleum, ʻOhana Fuels, Minit Stop, Young Brothers, and Foss Hawaiʻi. Hospice executives note that the gift is the largest Saltchuck has issued on Maui.
Hospice Maui CEO Dr. Greg LaGoy said he is grateful to Saltchuck for their generosity. In a press release announcement he said, “This project has been a wonderful example of an entire community coming together for a common goal. We have received generous support from the State of Hawaiʻi, the County of Maui, as well as many private individuals, corporations, and foundations,” he said.
“The timing of this gift from the Saltchuk Hawaiʻi Companies is fantastic, because it arrived in time to be generously matched by the Harold KL Castle Foundation and will have double the impact,” said LaGoy.
Earlier this year, the Harold KL Castle Foundation donated a $100,000 matching grant challenge to Hospice Maui, with the challenge running through December 31, 2014.
Hospice executives say they have served an estimated 330 patients and more than 1,300 patient family members and caregivers over the last 12 months.
“Hospice Maui’s facilities expansion project will allow Hospice Maui to serve many more seriously ill residents on Maui each year and improve access to the most appropriate and specialized care for the terminally ill,” executives said in the announcement.