It’s no secret that Maui Memorial Medical Center is in serious financial trouble. The hospital–the only facility on the island that handles acute care–routinely runs annual deficits ($39 million last year, according to this Maui News story). Hospital officials have talked about starting public-private partnerships, but politically powerful public employee unions tend to get squeamish about such things and the state Legislature so far hasn’t passed a bill allowing it. Nonetheless, last month the hospital announced that they were in talks with Kaiser for some sort of future partnership.
Which is why it’s a good thing that members of the state House of Representatives’ Health Committee will be holding an “informational briefing” on the hospital and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC)–which runs a variety of hospitals, including Maui Memorial, statewide–this coming Monday at Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului. The hearing agenda states that HHSC Board Chairman R. Clay Sutherland and HHSC Maui Regional CEO Wesley Lo have been invited to attend.
The hearing starts at 5:30pm in the Maui Waena cafeteria (795 Onehee Ave., Kahului). For more information, call the Health Committee Clerk at 808-586-9425.
Photo of Maui Memorial Medical Center: MauiTime