My Turn: Support needed for North Kona hospital over obsolete South Kona facility

In the 40-plus years I’ve lived in North Kona, I’ve used Kona Community Hospital (in South Kona) for many emergency room visits and outpatient procedures, all with satisfactory results, despite the hospital’s obscure location. Luckily, before recently, I never had to be admitted for an extended stay. Now, after 40 years things obviously changed, and for extended stay patients the South Kona Hospital is way overcrowded (before, during, and after COVID), understaffed, duplicitous, and often incompetent to the point of being barbaric. No matter how “nice” some of the staff can be, the shortcomings now of that ancient hospital cannot be overlooked.