- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - The nonprofit operator of a planned hospital in west Maui has picked a board of directors, and developers are on schedule to finish construction in 2016.

Residents say the planned Kaanapali facility is needed to serve a growing number of tourists and residents on the island’s west side.

At a meeting last week for the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Michelle Berner, attorney for developer Newport Hospital Corp., said the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center is on schedule to be completed around mid-2016, the Maui News reported (https://ow.ly/sAHNC ).

The hospital’s nonprofit operator, West Maui Hospital Foundation, selected members of a four-person board of directors, Berner said. The directors include Jo Anne Johnson Winer, director of the county Department of Transportation and former council member representing west Maui; Howard Hanzawa, a member of the Maui Police Commission and retired senior vice president for Kaanapali Land Management Corp.; Alfred Arensdorf, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an executive assistant for former Mayor Charmaine Tavares; and Newport Hospital Corp.’s president, Brian Hoyle.

The hospital corporation received a certificate of need from the state in 2009 for the establishment of a west Maui facility with 19 medical/surgical beds, six critical care beds, 40 skilled nursing beds, an emergency room, an operating room, a diagnostic radiology department and outpatient services.

The Kaanapali land planned for the facility is zone for agricultural use and will need to be rezoned for public use, Hoyle said.

Costs are projected to be between $45 million and $50 million.


Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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