The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation – Maui Region announced Friday that its Board of Directors have selected Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2016.
Shitamoto will succeed outgoing Maui Region CEO Wesley P. Lo who will leave the Maui Region on October 31, 2016. Lo is credited with helping steer the region’s hospitals — Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital — through difficult times.
“Dr. Shitamoto has a long relationship with the Maui Community, serving in a number of leadership roles to benefit Maui Region, including Chief of Staff, MMMC Foundation Board Chair and most recently, the Maui Region Board,” said Maui Region Board Chair Avery B. Chumbley. “Our priority remains the safety of our community, and the board wanted to ensure that its next CEO had the experience to manage care decisions, while ensuring a seamless transition to Kaiser.”
Shitamoto graduated from Lahainaluna High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has been a staff pathologist with Pan Pacific Pathologists at the Maui Memorial Medical Center since 1989, and has served on a number of Maui based boards.
Lawmakers last year approved the privatization of the medical facilities, but Kaiser’s takeover has now been pushed back to July 2017. That’s because the state has yet to reach agreements with two unions.
“We are focused on coming to a definitive agreements with UPW and HGEA,” Gov. David Ige said. “I believe that we have a basic agreement and principle. It’s really getting the lawyers together and making sure that the supplemental agreement implements the general agreement that we’ve reached.”