The Maui News - The proposed West Maui Hospital and Medical Center appears to be arising as promised after the project was shelved about a year ago when the economic crisis knocked down the hospital's champion.
California-based developer Brian Hoyle, who owns Newport Hospital Corp., has informally teamed up with the West Maui Improvement Foundation, which is seeking a $50 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural hospital program, said foundation President Joe Pluta. The nonprofit would own the hospital if all goes as hoped on the still tentative third try, he said.
"We now expect to have final approval of the West Maui hospital USDA loan by early next year, at which time we will initiate preliminary development of the site," Hoyle said via email last week.
However, while the plan looks good and organizers want to have the hospital running by 2015, obstacles remain. The plan relies greatly on federal insiders and politics, and has its critics, or at least people wondering exactly what form it will take this time around.