Congressman Faleomavaega announced the presentation of 11 dialysis machines and diagnostic and x-ray equipment to the LBJ Medical Center management Monday this week in a brief ceremony attended by Board of Directors Chairman Moananu Va, Chief Financial Officer Rick Nader, Chief of Medical Operations Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi, and other senior hospital management officers.
The dialysis machines and additional equipment were made available through a Congressional appropriation of $600,000 which Congressman Faleomavaega had been working on for the past several months.
“I deeply appreciate the close consultations I have had with LBJ Chief Executive Officer Patricia Tindall in acquiring this assistance to improve medical services provided to our people. I understand that the number of dialysis patients has increased tremendously to the almost ninety mark, and that is not including the numerous cases of diabetes and other serious ailments our medical center is faced with,” Faleomavaega said during the ceremony.
“I must also thank Chairman Moananu Va and the hospital board, the management and medical staffs, and everyone at LBJ for their perseverance and hard work under often-times severe financial pressures, in being able to take care of our ailing people. I know it is not an easy task given the circumstances, but they are doing the best they can, and I sincerely thank them,” the Congressman continued.
“My office will continue to work together with the hospital board and management staff to seek all possible and available avenues whereby we can provide assistance to the much-needed areas in our hospital, for a better medical care program for our people,” Faleomavaega concluded.