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GOVERNOR’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Lease agreement for Maui hospitals approved

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 in Latest Department News, Newsroom, Office of the Governor Press Releases

HONOLULU — Gov. David Y. Ige announced that the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) entered into a lease agreement late yesterday with Maui Health Systems (a Kaiser Foundation Hospitals LLC) covering the facilities of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital & Clinic, and Lanai Community Hospital.

On January 14, 2016, the Maui Regional Board and the HHSC Corporate Board signed an agreement transferring the operation and management of the three Maui facilities from the state to the new Kaiser entity.

“The goal is to ensure access to quality healthcare services and improved delivery of those services for the Maui Region. Revenues generated in the Maui facilities will be invested back into providing healthcare services in the Maui Region,” said Gov. Ige.

Maui Health Systems is scheduled to convene operations of the hospitals on July 1.

About Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

HHSC operates 13 facilities throughout the State of Hawai‘i: East Hawaii region: Hilo Medical Center, Ka‘u Hospital, Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua and Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home; West Hawaii region: Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital; Maui region; Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic, and Lanai Community Hospital; O‘ahu region: Leahi Hospital and Maluhia; and Kauai region: West Kauai Medical Center, and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, in addition to two non-profit affiliates. In 1996, at a time when health care services were not widely available from private providers, the Legislature established HHSC to assume that responsibility. Twenty years later, HHSC continues to fulfill the State’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.

About HHSC Maui Region

The Maui Region of HHSC serves over 11,000 inpatients and sees over 45,000 people in the emergency room each year. With over 1,500 employees, Maui Memorial Medical Center is the only full-service, acute-care medical facility in the County, and the only hospital outside of O‘ahu providing a full range of cardiac services, including open heart surgery and angioplasty. For more information visit

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for more than 50 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Visit for additional information. Become a fan of good health with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii: Like our page at and follow @KPHawaii on Twitter.


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Media Contacts:

Jodi Leong

Deputy Communications Director/Press Secretary

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0043

Mobile: 808-798-3929

[email protected]


Cindy McMillan

Communications Director

Office of the Governor

Office: 808-586-0012

Mobile: 808-265-7974

[email protected]