- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The Maui region of the state public hospital system wants to engage in formal talks with Hawaii Pacific Health to address its financial difficulties.

Hawaii Health Systems Corp. Maui Region and Hawaii Pacific Health must seek the state Legislature’s approval to enter partnership discussions and provide solutions.

The Maui region of the state hospital network includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital.

It had an operating loss of more than $43 million last fiscal year. It expects to lose more this year.

Regional Chief Executive Officer Wesley Lo plans to hold a news conference on the issue with Hawaii Pacific Health President Ray Vara on Friday.

Hawaii Pacific Health is a not-for-profit health care network that includes several major Hawaii hospitals.

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