HONOLULU (Legal Newsline) – Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced that his office filed a motion in court seeking to lift an order that temporarily stops activities related to the transition of Maui Memorial Medical Center Kula Hospital & Clinic and Lanai Community Hospital to a new Kaiser entity.
“We asked the court to lift or modify the order now and allow the work necessary to implement the transition to go forward,” Chin said. “The court’s order came six weeks before the transfer to Kaiser. By all accounts that is not enough time to reverse course and run the hospitals as public facilities.”
Hawaii state legislature passed a law that transferred health care services at three Maui facilities from Hawaii Health Systems to a private operator. Hawaii Health Systems signed a deal with another Kaiser entity, Maui Health Systems, on Jan. 14. Since that time, a lawsuit was brought forth by hospital employees to stop the transition from taking place. The court favored with the state, but after an appeal, the court put all activities related to the transition on hold until Sept. 30.
“Gov. (David) Ige’s top priority is to protect patients in the Maui region hospitals,” Chin said. “Our motion offers the court a path to protect UPW members while the appeal is pending and simultaneously let the complex details of the implementation resume.”