- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The parent company of Oahu’s Castle Medical Center is considering an acquisition of three public hospitals on the Big Island.

California-based Adventist Health is in talks with the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. hospitals Hilo Medical Center, Kau Hospital and Hale Hoola Hamakua, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (https://bit.ly/1LkEqgM).

The hospitals cut 87 employees earlier this year as they faced a $7 million shortfall. That represents about 7 percent of the region’s workforce.

“Our board, as responsible stewards of our commitment to health care, has set a very high priority on the examination of several potential options to better provide for the needs of our community,” said Kurt Corbin, board chairman of HHSC’s East Hawaii region. “The prospect of a strategic alliance with another health care organization is one of these options that merits a serious evaluation.”

Officials said the service cuts do not benefit patients, staff or the greater community, but that they were necessary.

Adventist Health operates 20 hospitals, 230 clinics and several home health agencies in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

“Our mission is to improve our community’s health through exceptional and compassionate care,” said Dan Brinkman, HHSC’s East Hawaii regional CEO. “Frankly, the road ahead is even more financially challenging in our journey to achieve long-term sustainability and we must be open to all viable solutions.”

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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