The Hilo Benioff Medical Center, a provider of inpatient and outpatient care services in Hawaii Island, US, has started construction on a significant $80m hospital expansion project.  

The 66,000ft² expansion work includes the addition of a new wing, as well as 36 new hospital beds on the third floor and a 19-bed intensive care unit (ICU) on the second floor of the hospital. 

In addition, the work involves the construction of a new covered parking space on the hospital’s first floor. 

The project, which is the first significant enlargement since the hospital’s original construction in 1985, is poised to significantly improve healthcare services on the island. 

It is further set to address the hospital bed shortage in Hawaii. 

Work on the expansion project is expected to be complete by spring 2026. 

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In a Facebook post, Hawaii Governor Josh Green said: “Today marks a great day for healthcare in our state, as we break ground on the Hilo Benioff Medical Center expansion project to increase hospital bed capacity on Hawai‘i Island. 

“The island’s largest hospital desperately needed these beds to care for the growing community, and today, we are delivering on our commitment to improve healthcare in the state with the generous partnership of Mark Benioff and his foundation. 

“This is a large part of our administrations effort to increase access to healthcare to all people of Hawai‘i and especially in rural areas in our state.” 

The funding for the $80m project is sourced from both public and private contributions, a report by Big Island Now noted.  

The Hawaii State Legislature allocated $50m for the project last year while philanthropists Marc and Lynne Benioff recently donated an additional $50m. 

This $50m funding was provided as part of a broader commitment by the Benioffs, who last month contributed $150m to link Hawaii Pacific Health with Hilo Medical Center and UCSF Health. 

Out of the total donation by the Benioffs, $100m supports Honolulu’s Straub Medical Center redevelopment while the remaining $50m is for the Hilo Medical Center.