OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE 2020 WEST MAUI LIFESAVERS CAMPAIGN
SPECIAL MAILING--President’s Message- Joseph D Pluta
Aloha Members and Friends of West Maui. Peace be with you.
Everyone who loves West Maui and has visited here knows that if they have a medical emergency, they have one limited choice to get to our single Emergency Room at Maui Memorial Hospital in Wailuku. Worse, that it’s going to be over an hour from the time they call 911 before they are actually in the Emergency Room.
We are motivated by our past success in the major role we played obtaining a Certificate Of Need, (C.O.N) for a West Maui Hospital in 2009. It is clear that things have changed since 2009, and yet we are confident that recent events solidify that we can meet and address them to be successful once again.
Its only been months since we were informed that the developer was not going to go forward with the West Maui Hospital. After all, ground construction had started and the building permits were approved and ready for above ground construction. Words cannot adequately describe how we feel about that. It’s our understanding that the only reason the West Maui Critical Access Hospital did not move forward were wholly financial. Not moving forward releases the C.O.N. he held. This developer cannot keep anyone else from applying for a C.O.N. successfully who does satisfy necessary financial requirements. We also understand that there are investors financially capable and medical providers eager to work with us now that we have proven that a C.O.N. is obtainable. That includes Maui Health Systems who made a commitment to work towards a 24/7 free standing ER in West Maui. Their prior time line was subject to obtaining $5M and wouldn’t start until several years from now.
We invite you to join with us in our effort to get that $5 Million in binding financial commitments now! Lets expedite that ability or find another operator who agrees with us that time is of the essence now.
With a successful track record of accomplishing two “impossible,” achievements and based upon our experiences dealing with the corona-virus, it’s clear that we must act now once again. It’s clear that with God’s help, and your continued outstanding support, we can facilitate obtaining access to 24/7 Emergency Medical Care with another Certificate of Need application in partnership with Board Certified Emergency Care physicians.
In the middle of the uncertainties and devastation being experienced in tragic events surrounding the covid-19 corona virus, some have suggested we wait to launch our campaign. Others have said that it must start now as lives are literally at stake. If we wait and one life is lost that could have been saved, does it make a difference to you? How important is one life worth? The answer changes dramatically if that life at risk is a friend, a child or a family member.
A few weeks ago, we sent you the April 2020 WMTA Voice Newsletter. A copy of that and other important information can be viewed on our web site at www.westmaui.org. It seems appropriate to restate what was stated in my president’s report in that Newsletter.
“Like many others, I have been reading scriptures searching for guidance on dealing with this crisis and concluded that Love is the answer. God is Love and He has always been the answer. Love has to be more than a word. It has to be an Action.”
“You may be thinking, I know that it’s a problem that West Maui does not have a hospital or 24/7 Emergency Acute care services, but what can I do to make a difference? We must stop thinking about what we cannot do and begin to do what we can do. Ask yourself, will I continue being part of the problem or will I be a part of the answer. I have decided to be a part of the answer. Will you join me and let love be the central theme of your life? Trust in God’s pattern of generous giving that says, “Giving, not getting, is the way!”
We know what needs to be done and we know we cannot do it without your financial assistance. Be a West Maui Lifesaver! Join us! Please send your tax deductible donation to the West Maui Improvement Foundation Inc., without delay! Do it today! Mahalo.
Joseph D. Pluta – President/ Treasurer
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