Hospitals Announce Public Meetings for Cuts in Services and Positions

April 15, 2015

 HOSPITALS ANNOUNCE PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR CUTS IN SERVICES AND POSITIONS

Maui Region Hospitals Announce Public Meetings to Begin Reduction in Force and Services Processes

 

WAILUKU, Hawai‘i – After announcing a staggering $28 million dollar budget gap for Fiscal Year 2016, the Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation’s (HHSC) Maui Region is organizing public meetings to take public input on the imminent service and position cuts and to start the reduction in force processes.

 

“The Administration’s recent interest in our legislation brings heightened scrutiny at the eleventh hour and some concern for its movement forward. However, we must remain focused on the need to live within our budgetary restraints. July 1 is upon us and we must start to prepare for what we will be able to provide and the amount of service providers we can employ,” said Wesley Lo, Chief Executive Officer of HHSC’s Maui Region.

 

This process comes on the heels of announcements made by the hospitals’ unionized nurses who have been given a four percent increase as negotiated by the State and the Hawai‘i Government Employees Association. “We hoped with our reduced budget, we would have been consulted on these funding mandates that we will be unable to fund,” said Lo.

 

The public is encouraged to attend and participate in these briefings:

 

Pu‘u Kukui Elementary School    | Wailuku, HI

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

5 PM – 7 PM

 

“We invite the Administration to attend this briefing. We need the community to be present, they need to understand the severity of these service cuts and how this budget shortfall will impact every person that lives and visits Maui,” said Lo.

 

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 MauiMemorialMedical.org.

 

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