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Community meeting set to discuss West Maui Hospital

By Staff | May 15, 2014

The West Maui Hospital is targeted to open in 2016.

LAHAINA – Maui residents are invited to attend a community meeting to learn about the planned West Maui Hospital and Medical Center at Lahaina Civic Center on Monday, June 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Open to the public, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the center and answer residents’ questions.

The West Maui Hospital and Medical Center is proposed in Kaanapali on 14.99 acres on Kakaalaneo Road above Honoapiilani Highway.

Plans include a 25-bed critical access hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, three operating rooms, 24-hour pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology services in addition to a 40-bed skilled nursing facility, 40-unit assisted living facility, up to two 30,000-square-foot medical office buildings/clinics, and a future 40-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

The West Maui Hospital, skilled nursing, assisted living and medical office/clinic facilities are targeted to open in 2016.

Representatives of Newport Hospital Corp., the developer of the center; Critical Access Healthcare LLC, future manager of the hospital; and the West Maui Hospital Foundation Inc., future operator of the hospital, will present plans and answer questions.

Residents have been working to bring a hospital to West Maui for more than 15 years.

The Hawaii State Health Planning and Development Agency approved Newport Hospital Corporation’s Certificate of Need application for the 25-bed West Maui Hospital and 40-bed skilled nursing facility in March 2009.

Land and development funding have since been secured by Newport Hospital Corporation, enabling the project to move forward in Kaanapali.

The idea behind the West Maui Hospital and Medical Center is to offer accessible, hospital-based, 24-hour emergency and acute-care, skilled nursing and assisted living facility services to the approximately 69,000 West Maui residents and visitors.

Maui’s sole acute-care hospital, the Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, is 25 miles away.

West Maui residents have argued for years that they need a closer hospital, especially as the population of retirees and second-home vacationers has grown.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.