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Thanks to Union Stalling Tactics, Maui Hospital to Cut Beds, Services
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 5178 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

News Release from HHSC Maui Region August 31, 2016

In light of the letter sent to Governor Ige on August 28, 2016 by Kaiser Permanente, and the UPW initiated injunction, further deferring the transition date to July 1, 2017, the Maui Region Board of Directors has been forced to evaluate the hospitals’ ability to continue to provide safe patient care for this community.

It has been decided that if the State cannot reach agreements with both UPW and HGEA to the satisfaction of HHSC and Kaiser we will begin public hearings and notification to the Legislature, effective immediately, of Maui Region’s Phase I of its contingency plans to include:

  • Reduction in capacity through bed closures – closing 8 Intensive Care Beds and 12 Medical/Surgical Beds.
  • Review closures of an additional 30 more beds in other units.
  • Begin Phase II planning which may include multiple service closures throughout the Region.

The impact of the bed closures will mean a decreased capacity with critical services such as Stroke, Heart, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Trauma and other critical care needs requiring transport to Oahu.

The delay in transitioning Maui Region to Kaiser Permanente has led to a high volume of staff vacancies, increased use of travelers and temporary workers, and an inability to attract staff and physicians, this first phase of closures will be the first step in addressing a dire situation to protect and preserve our patients and staff.

Information on public hearings regarding possible service closures will be released when available.

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MW: Wes Lo Leaving November 1?

KITV: November will be the soonest the cuts could be in place

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KITV: Upheaval at Maui Memorial Medical Center

SA: Maui County hospitals to start cutting beds

Related: Sen Green: Unions Torpedoed Maui Hospital Negotiations after fake $1B Surplus Announcement

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