The Kula Community Association hosts a community meeting this Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Kula Community Center, focused on changes to Maui’s health care.
Starting July 1, 2017 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals ’ Maui Health System will take over the management of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital. All are now being operated by the State of Hawaiʻi.
Maui Health System will oversee the care delivery system at the hospitals, working with contracted physicians and other doctors in the community. The three hospitals will continue to function as community hospitals, caring for everyone, regardless of their health insurance or ability to pay.
During this Wednesday’s meeting Ray Hahn, Senior V-P and Hospital Administrator, and David Ulin, MD, Associate Medical Director, Operations, Pacific Permanente Group, will share their vision and answer questions from the audience who may wish to ask about changes in medical procedures to be offered , the new management, hospital access for your doctor, costs and insurance.
The meeting will also include discussion of Hale Makua, which has a new Director, Wesley Lo. Lo will be on hand to describe Hale Makua services both within their two long-term care facilities and in providing home-health care for many residents of the community.
Lissa Strohecker from the Maui Invasive Species Committee was also invited to share information on Rat Lungworm. She will discuss methods to protect gardens and the community from the introduction of a Rat Lungworm infestation.