Around the Leahi Hospital Campus in an Electric Vehicle

Electric VehicleHonolulu, Hawaii — The Maluhia-Leahi Hospital Foundation recently received an electric vehicle donation from Rachael Wong to support Leahi Hospital’s inter- and intra- campus transportation needs.

It took the Leahi Hospital Maintenance Department less than an hour to understand and appreciate the benefits of having a donated Global Electric Motor vehicle added to its existing fleet of vehicles.

“My staff quickly became familiar with the vehicle’s features, reliability, and convenience in moving cargo, materials, and people within and about our campus,” said Mitsuji Yamamoto, Leahi Hospital maintenance supervisor. “Add to that the money we’ll save by eliminating fuel costs and reducing maintenance costs associated with gas-powered alternative, and you have a low-cost solution for our fleet needs.”

Leahi Hospital will use the GEM vehicle on a daily basis to help promote its sustainability efforts. The vehicle is highly visible with its bright yellow color and white trim. The GEM is a five horsepower, four-passenger vehicle with a top speed of about 25 miles per hour. It meets both National Highway Safety Administration and Hawaii traffic safety standards for use on private property and public roads.

“I thank Ms. Wong for this donation and for working with us to improve our environment, added Regional Chief Executive Officer Vincent Lee, HHSC Oahu Region. “I encourage all Leahi Hospital participants to maximize the benefits.”

Leahi Hospital is one of 12 facilities operated and managed by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii. As the state’s safety-net healthcare system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.