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
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.”