Pacific Business News - The Hawai'i Health Systems Corporation is exploring the possibility of a public-private partnership with the Arizona-based nonprofit hospital operator Banner Health to run the public hospitals on Maui and Lana'i.
"Talks are very preliminary at this point," Clay Sutherland, chairman of the Hawai'i Health Systems Corp.'s Maui Regional System board of directors, said in a release. "As we continue to gather more information, we will keep the community informed."
The Hawai'i Health Systems Corp.'s Maui Regional System operates Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, the only full-service, acute-care hospital on the Valley Isle, as well as Kula Hospital & Clinic in Upcountry Maui and the Lana'i Community Hospital.
Phoenix-based Banner Health operates 23 acute-care hospitals and health-care facilities in seven states, Sutherland noted.
The HHSC faces a number of financial challenges on the Neighbor Islands, including "a lack of scale that affects operations and the inability to keep up with healthcare reform," said Wesley Lo, the HHSC's Maui Regional CEO.
"As we continue to move forward with ongoing projects and initiatives at MMMC our goals remain the same--to provide high-quality acute care service on Maui," Lo said. "And that's why we are excited about the possibility of partnering with a quality organization like Banner Health."