Supporters lobby for bill that would help Hilo hospital treat heart attacks

  • JEFF HANSEL/Tribune-Herald

    Chrystal Etrata, clinical coordinator in the Progressive Care Unit, and Kelly Okada, nurse manager, will care for patients after stents get placed if the bill passes. Okada had pages of testimony given to her by hospital staff for submission to the Legislature.

  • Dr. David Griffin observes a diagnostic cardiac catheterization at Hilo Medical Center. If passed, new legislation will help the hospital start placing stents to open blocked arteries. Local treatment will save patients $30,000 or more in emergency flight costs.

    JEFF HANSEL/Tribune-Herald

Proponents are waging a last-minute crusade to flood the Legislature with testimony in support of funding for a cardiac care unit at Hilo Medical Center.