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Foundation seeks partner to complete development of the West Maui Hospital

August 23, 2018
BY LOUISE ROCKETT , Lahaina News

KAANAPALI - The construction of a West Maui Hospital has been delayed with money the major factor and not need.

The latest press release from the West Maui Hospital Foundation reflects that the planned critical care facility for our isolated West Side community is in the "no more money" phase.

"The West Maui Hospital Foundation has now been unsuccessful in two Municipal Bond Offerings to finance the West Maui Hospital due to the of lack significant community and governmental financial support," the communication read.

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Newport Hospital Corp. has agreed to donate its 5.085-acre West Maui Hospital site to the West Maui Hospital Foundation. The next step is to offer the site to selected hospital systems and providers to build and operate the Kaanapali facility. 

The foundation, however, has sweetened the pot with this offer.

"Newport Hospital Corporation (NHC) has agreed to donate its 5.085-acre West Maui Hospital site to the Foundation," the media advisement noted, "which is fully entitled, hospital building construction permit-ready and graded with on-site in-ground infrastructure."

The next step, the press release explained, is for the foundation to move forward with a "Request for Proposal (RFP) process that will offer the site to selected hospital systems and providers with the proven financial ability to build and operate the West Maui Hospital."

Brian Hoyle is the president of the for-profit NHC and the nonprofit West Maui Hospital Foundation.

He explained the connection between the different entities.

NHC is the owner/developer of the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center, Hoyle said, consisting of the West Maui Hospital and four other sites inclusive of a 40-bed skilled nursing facility, 39-unit assisted living facility, two 30,000-square-foot medical office buildings and a 40-bed drug treatment center

"The West Maui Hospital Foundation was formed to own and operate the West Maui Hospital, and the foundation is preparing the RFP to obtain a partner to finance and operate the West Maui Hospital."

The total investment, thus far, by the NHC is about $15 million.

Donations from the West Side business and residential community over the past five years has totaled, according to Hoyle, "less than $100,000."

"Any financial support for the construction/development costs of the West Maui Hospital would be greatly appreciated," he said.

The foundation is a Hawaii 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Its directors, other than Hoyle, are Michelle Berner, Howard Hanzawa, JoAnne Johnson-Winer, Dr. Alfred Arensorf, Stephen Lovelette and Gwen Ohashi Hiraga.

To donate to the project, go to wmhandmc.com/donate/.

The current goal, Hoyle stressed, is "to find a partner to complete the development of the West Maui Hospital in the next two to three years."

 
 

 

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