Late director honored at Kalihi ground blessing ceremony

A view of the ground blessing ceremony for Kalihi-Palama Heath Center's new center for Comprehensive Women and Children's Health Programs.

A ground blessing Thursday marked the start of construction on Kalihi-Palama Heath Center’s new center for Comprehensive Women and Children’s Health Programs.

Phase 1 of the new $9 million, 21,000-square-foot facility will include space for the center’s women’s health, pediatrics, dental health, and women’s, infants and children’s programs as well as an on-site pharmacy.

The ceremony also honored the work of Loretta Fuddy, the late director of the state Department of Health, by recognizing a special grant formed in her name.

“Director Fuddy worked tirelessly for the people of Hawaii and was a staunch advocate of health centers like KPHC,” said Dr. Emmanuel Kintu, CEO and executive director of KPHC. “She was committed to preserving and protecting the health and environment of our community. She will be deeply missed.”

Construction of the new center is expected to be completed in December.

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