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Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Radiothon raises $250,000 for capital campaign
 Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Radiothon raises $250,000 for capital campaign

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific (REHAB) partnered with KSSK radio for its first live, on-air fundraiser in celebration of its 60th anniversary and to support the hospital’s capital campaign. A total of $ 230,000 was raised during the radiothon with another $20,000 coming in over the website and at the Perry and Price Saturday morning show. REHAB offers the only comprehensive rehabilitation program – from acute inpatient to outpatient care - in Hawaii.

KSSK’s Larry Price and Michael W. Perry led the effort on air from 5 am until 10 am and then Scotty B followed until 2 pm talking with patients, clinical staff, volunteers and donors. Perry, a longtime volunteer and supporter of REHAB, is the chair of the board for REHAB Foundation. Price has been a REHAB patient twice; when he was 13 years old and again in 2006 to rehabilitate after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery.

“The community support that was expressed is an expression of aloha for REHAB,” said KSSK’s Perry.  “This capital campaign is necessary to keep the facilities up to date so that REHAB’s staff and patients have access to the most current medical advances available to give patients a higher level of recovery.”

The phones were staffed by more than 100 volunteers from approximately a dozen companies such as Hawaii National Bank, Hawaiian Telcom, Xerox, Stanford Carr Development, Louis Vuitton, CS Wo, Neiman Marcus, Armstrong Produce and `IOLANI Sportswear.

The renovation of the hospital is currently underway and all three of the patient floors have been completed. The rooms have been totally remodeled to include large hurricane resistant windows that improve patient views of the natural environment, tiled private half-bathrooms, new beds and built-in closets to resemble more of a home-like environment. Other features include a patient isolation room, a bariatric room with a built-in lift system and quiet rooms to provide a more calming environment. Guest bathrooms were also added to the floor.

The floors also include an expansive central nurses station, a physical therapy gym, staff lounge, office and meeting space and prescription dispensing rooms. The renovation is expected to be complete in 2015.

REHAB kicked off its capital campaign in June 2011 to support the renovation. The campaign’s goal of $17.2 million is being used to upgrade the facility, add family rooms, healing gardens, transitional apartment rooms, specialized patient rooms and expand programs to include a vision center, speech and communication center, driver’s evaluation and rehabilitation programs, new clinical programs and enhancements to improve patient safety and comfort. For more information, visit www.RehabHospital.org.

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