The AHA has made a donation to support health care personnel and communities impacted by the recent wildfires in Hawaii. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the fires have killed at least 111 people and sent at least 67 patients with fire-related injuries to Maui Memorial Medical Center since Aug. 8. Kaiser Permanente is providing medical services to members and non-members at no cost at several locations in Lahaina.

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii has suggested that organizations and individuals wishing to support the communities impacted by the fires consider donating to:

Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund  
Maui Food Bank 
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Relief Fund 
Aloha United Way Maui Fire Relief Fund 

The Department of Health and Human Services Aug. 11 declared a public health emergency in Hawaii due to the fires and waived certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements to give health care providers greater flexibility to meet emergency health needs.

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