Hilo Medical Center eliminates 30+ positions

More than 30 positions have been eliminated at Hilo Medical Center.

The hospital’s operator, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., said the cuts were made in response to an overall $48 million shortfall in state funding for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The shortfall equates to approximately $9 million for Hilo Medical Center.

The affected positions included a full-time doctor, whose contract was not renewed, 25 travel nurse positions and five administrative positions that were already vacant.

Howard Ainsley, Hilo Medical Center’s regional CEO, told KHON2 the decision was made to cut temporary positions in order to prevent full-time staff eliminations.

“You go with what you can at first to reduce cost and if things continue to decline, whether it’s through volume or whatever challenges you have in the business, you have to make decisions accordingly,” he said.

According to Ainsley, Hilo Medical Center operates the second busiest emergency room in the state.

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