Maui, Lanai hospitals will continue to serve community under new Kaiser management

Maui Memorial Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente is one step closer to taking over Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital in July.

On Friday, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation entered a lease agreement with Maui Health Systems.

A spokesperson for Kaiser said all employees at Maui Memorial were offered positions to stay at the hospital and more than 95 percent accepted.

The hospitals will remain community hospitals and will stay open to everyone regardless of insurance.

It was first reported back in January that $20 million in electronic medical records and IT systems support would be added to the facilities. Services like the expansion of orthopedics, surgery improvements and psychology services will also be added during the transition.

Governor David Ige said in Friday’s statement that “Revenues generated in the Maui facilities will be invested back into providing healthcare services in the Maui Region.”

In January, he told KHON2 the transfer would save the state more than a hundred million dollars in operating costs.

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