Bill Text: HI SR59 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Encouraging The University Of Hawaii John A. Burns School Of Medicine, In Collaboration With The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, To Study The Impact And Feasibility Of Creating A Teaching Hospital In West Hawaii.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-27 - Report adopted, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM. [SR59 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SR59-Amended.html

THE SENATE

S.R. NO.

59

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE RESOLUTION

 

 

ENCOURAGING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION, TO STUDY THE IMPACT AND FEASIBILITY OF CREATING A TEACHING HOSPITAL IN WEST HAWAII.

 

 


     WHEREAS, Hawaii faces a growing shortage of physicians to provide direct care to patients; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Hawaii Physician Workforce Project reported in October 2018 that Hawaii had a shortage of five hundred thirteen full-time equivalent positions; and

 

     WHEREAS, when adjusted for island geography and unmet specialty-specific needs by county, the estimated unmet need for physicians was seven hundred ninety-seven positions, an increase from seven hundred sixty-nine positions in the previous year; and

 

     WHEREAS, the County of Hawaii has a large and medically underserved rural community; and

 

     WHEREAS, the residential population of Hawaii island is one of the fastest growing populations in the State; and

 

     WHEREAS, the County of Hawaii welcomes a large number of domestic and international visitors throughout the year; and

 

     WHEREAS, a teaching hospital on Hawaii island may help to attract and retain a high-quality, diverse physician workforce to the State; and

 

     WHEREAS, additionally, a teaching hospital will provide a broader and more complete network of care for individuals on Hawaii island; and

 

     WHEREAS, in 2016, the Legislature recognized the potential benefits of a teaching hospital on Hawaii island by appropriating $500,000 for a feasibility study for a teaching hospital in Kona; and

 

     WHEREAS, however, the appropriated funds lapsed prior to the initiation of the study; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirtieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2019, that the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, is encouraged to study the impact and feasibility of creating a teaching hospital in west Hawaii; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, is requested to submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2020; and

 

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Chairperson of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents, President of the University of Hawaii, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and Dean of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Report Title: 

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine; Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; Teaching Hospital; Study; West Hawaii

 

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