Blessing Commemorates Historic Maui Hospital Transfer

July 1, 2017, 8:44 PM HST · Updated July 3, 8:47 AM
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The Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital officially transferred operations from state provider Hawaiʻi Health System Corporation to Maui Health System today. The historic transfer was commemorated by staff and leadership in a private blessing ceremony at each of the three community hospital facilities.

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    Maui Health System will continue to operate these facilities as community hospitals and associated clinics, serving all patients,

    regardless of their health insurance coverage. More than 97% of the facilities’ current staff will continue with Maui Health System, continuing their service and care for residents and visitors alike.

    “Our greatest priority is the health of the community. Maui Health System is committed to delivering high-quality patient-centered, affordable health care to the people of Maui and Lānaʻi,” said Ray Hahn, hospital administrator of Maui Health System. “We are proud to invest in our people, services and facilities, with support from Kaiser Permanente’s advanced technology systems and built-in evidence-based clinical decision-making.”

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    Maui Health System is affiliated with Kaiser Permanente and supported by its industry-leading technology, including Kaiser Permanente’s comprehensive electronic medical record system that enables physicians and providers to view patient data in real time, making it easier for care teams to deliver coordinated care.

    “The physicians, providers and clinical staff at these hospitals have served the community faithfully for many years, and we look forward to partnering with the larger medical community to advance and lead systems of care that best serve all the residents and visitors of Maui and Lānaʻi,” said David Ulin, MD, chief medical director of Maui Health System. “We’re fully committed to preserving these facilities as community hospitals and ensuring that the entire community has access to high-quality care and exceptional service.”

    “This is an historic accomplishment for the State of Hawai‘i, where our state administration, the Legislature, public-sector unions, the Maui Region Board of Directors, Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation leadership, and a private health care provider joined forces to ensure continued delivery of quality health care throughout the Maui Region,” said Governor David Ige.
     
    “Maui Health System will contribute additional assets and expertise in delivering health care to Maui’s people for many years to come. I thank the employees for their loyal service and dedication and I wish them success in their new roles with the Maui Health System,” Ige said. “This is a proud moment. In this time of uncertainty for health care across the country, the stakeholders came together, put their individual interests aside in favor of the collective interests to take on this challenging and complex transaction to ensure the best health care system possible for the people of Maui County.”

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