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Advancing Research and Care in Hawaii


A transformative donation of $150 million was made in support of two Hawaiʻi hospitals thanks to Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, and his wife Lynne Benioff. The generous gift is one of the largest single private donations in Hawaiʻi history. 

Hilo Medical Center on Hawaiʻi Island will receive $50 million to build out critical areas of care. Hawaiʻi Pacific Health will receive $100 million to help create a “healthcare campus of the future” at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu on Oʻahu. This funding will also allow for a bridging of both Hawaiʻi hospitals with UCSF Health in San Francisco to provide specialized care in areas like oncology and neurology.

“We feel fortunate to have been part of the Hawai‘i community for many decades and to be able to support our ‘Ohana in this way. Nothing is more important than the health of our community, and access to care for all who need it,” said Marc and Lynne Benioff.

Hawaiʻi Governor Green was in attendance at an event for the public presentation of the gift, as were ALS Network Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement Cherryl Fluke and Board Member Caroline Landry.

“The generosity of the Benioffs will have a profound and positive impact throughout Hawai’i for generations to come,” said Cherryl Fluke, JD. “It is also very clear that Marc cares a lot about people with ALS. Several Salesforce employees, including the inspirational Brooke Eby, are living with daily challenges of this devastating neurodegenerative disease.”

The ALS Network has had a long-standing partnership with UCSF Health’s Weill Institute for Neurosciences and their ALS research experts. This new bond between UCSF Health and Hawaiʻi’s hospitals could pave the way to future developments in ALS research and care. We are grateful to the Benioff family for their generous support of Hawaiʻi’s healthcare providers.

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