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Maui Health Foundation Donates Ventilators to Maui Memorial Medical Center

Friday, April 17, 2020
Maui Health Foundation Director Melinda Sweany helps to unpack new ventilators for Maui Memorial Medical Center.

Life-saving equipment made possible by community donations and partners in healthcare

WAILUKU, HAWAII – (Friday, April 17, 2020) ― Maui Health Foundation today announced the donation of 10 ventilators to Maui Memorial Medical Center. The equipment was delivered to the hospital this week, tested, and distributed to the floors to be used as needed. The ventilators will be an essential part of continuing to provide appropriate care, should Maui experience a surge in acute COVID-19 cases.

“It has been truly inspirational to see the people in our community stand up so quickly to provide assistance wherever they can to our hospitals and employees,” said Melinda Sweany, Maui Health Chief Development Officer. “Ventilators are in critical demand across the nation and we’re so grateful that we had the donation funds available, and the right partners to help expedite our order to Maui in just a couple of weeks.”

The Maui Health Foundation purchased seven ventilators and the remaining three were donated by MultiCare Health System, a not-for-profit health care organization in Washington.

“Even as we all face the challenges of this pandemic, we know we can count on each other for support,” said Sweany. “This is a shining example of the partnerships being formed in our industry. Health system to health system, we understand that providing safe care to our patients comes before anything else.”

The purchase of the critical medical equipment was made possible by the generosity of many including former patients and their families, individual community members, local businesses, and Maui Health Foundation members.

“We cannot express enough how thankful we are to everyone who has contributed to our COVID-19 relief efforts – from donating PPE, or meals for our employees, to those that have made monetary contributions of every amount – we are so proud to be a part of this amazing community,” said Sweany.

“The best part of this all is that we can help provide these tools to our caregivers. They show up every day and put everything they have into caring for our patients. They are real heroes here.”

If you would like to donate to Maui Health Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund, visit


About Maui Health Foundation

Maui Health Foundation is dedicated to the philanthropic support of the Maui Health hospitals. Our Foundation works hand in hand with Maui Health to be a lifeline for our patients by supporting patient care, advancing programs and technology, and creating healing environments for all who walk through our doors. Your donations support the health of our islands’ communities as well as Maui Health employees and can include gifts of cash, property or securities, corporate grants, bequests, and employer matching contributions. For more information visit

About Maui Memorial Medical Center

Maui Memorial Medical Center is a Maui Health community hospital licensed for 214 acute care beds. It is Maui’s only full-service, acute medical care facility and provides comprehensive healthcare for Maui County, including Lanai and Molokai, and is open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. It is also the only hospital outside of Oahu that provides a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty. Maui Memorial Medical Center is Joint Commission Accredited, a Hawaii State Designated Level III Trauma Center and certified Primary Stroke Center, and rated 4-stars by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Centers Hospital Compare. It is located in Wailuku and has over 1300 employees. For more information, visit