Optimism for HMC project: $50 million expansion would add 55 beds to the facility

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald A proposed $50 million expansion of Hilo Medical Center would extend over the current parking lot.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hilo Medical Center staff walks through the 11-bed intensive care unit in October. The number of beds in the ICU would nearly double under a proposed expansion of HMC.

Hilo Medical Center is one step closer to its proposed 55-bed expansion, thanks to nods of support from Gov. Josh Green along with state and lawmakers.