Kapiolani Medical Center has gotten a big donation in the name of a very small former patient.
During Alana Dung's battle with leukemia, the little girl spent a lot of time at the medical center.
While the three-year-old girl did not survive her fight, she helped spark the Alana Dung Foundation. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children and eliminating the pain and suffering from terminal illness.
On Tuesday her parents presented a check for $250,000 to the hospital. That will go toward the medical center’s multi-million dollar expansion aimed at giving patients more room and allowing families to be a bigger part of the healing process.
“Care has changed. Families are much more involved in care these days and we want families by the bedside. Our current intensive care units are big units. They are not private rooms, so this will allow our families to have private rooms in the intensive care units,” said Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center.
Construction on the first phase of renovations began in February and is expected to be done by the spring of 2016.