Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation - Maui Region Names Dr. Barry Shitamoto, M.D. as Interim CEO
WAILUKU, MAUI, Hawai‘i (23 September 2016) – The Hawai‘i Health Systems Corporation – Maui Region announced today that its Board of Directors have selected Dr. Barry Shitamoto as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective November 1, 2016. Dr. Shitamoto will succeed outgoing Maui Region CEO Wesley P. Lo who will leave the Maui Region on October 31, 2016.
“Dr. Shitamoto has a long relationship with the Maui Community, serving in a number of leadership roles to benefit Maui Region, including Chief of Staff, MMMC Foundation Board Chair and most recently, the Maui Region Board,” said Maui Region Board Chair Avery B. Chumbley. “Our priority remains the safety of our community, and the board wanted to ensure that its next CEO had the experience to manage care decisions, while ensuring a seamless transition to Kaiser.”
Dr. Barry Shitamoto graduated from Lahainaluna High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has been a staff pathologist with Pan Pacific Pathologists, LLC at the Maui Memorial Medical Center since 1989, and has served on a number of Maui based boards.
“I am looking forward to the challenge of engaging and collaborating with the various stakeholders of Maui’s healthcare to further address the needs of our community and ensure a safe transition to Kaiser in 2017,” said Shitamoto. “Wes and his team have done such a great job of growing the healthcare options available to our residents, and it is a privilege to be able to continue to do that work.”
Shitamoto is married to Lynne Shitamoto, and together they have three daughters and one grandson, with a second grandchild due next February.
About HHSC Maui Region
The Maui Region of HHSC serves over 11,000 inpatients and sees nearly 50,000 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.