March 26, 2019

Hirono Presses VA Secretary for Commitment to Complete the ALOHA Project on Time

Advanced Leeward Outpatient Health Care Access Project would Double VA Capacity in Pacific Island Region, Increase Access for Hawaii Veterans - particularly in Leeward Oahu and on the Neighbor Islands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, pressed Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to approve the pending lease for the Advanced Leeward Outpatient Healthcare Access (ALOHA) Project during a Committee hearing today. The ALOHA Project would almost double the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System’s capacity, increase access for veterans in Leeward Oahu and for veterans traveling from the Neighbor Islands, and reduce veteran traffic at the co-located Tripler Army Medical Center. 

From Senator Hirono’s Remarks: 

“I want to get to the lack of progress that I’ve heard on various VA healthcare projects in our country. For example, the Advanced Leeward Outpatient Healthcare Access – the ALOHA Project – was scheduled for a lease award in calendar year 2018, but has been delayed a number of times. The lease has still not been awarded. 

“The project was scheduled to be completed originally in fiscal year 2020 and I know that these kinds of outpatient clinics are really helpful because they’re usually closer to where the veterans live. In Hawaii, the Tripler Hospital is very crowded and you can hardly get any parking and it’s a pain in the okole as we say in Hawaii.

“Can you commit to seeing that the Aloha Project is completed on time and with no further additional delays?”

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