Gov. David Y. Ige, the Maui Regional Board and the corporate board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation on Thursday signed an agreement that transfers operation and management of several Maui area health care facilities from the state to Kaiser Permanente.

The state and Kaiser, says the administration, now begin negotiations for the lease of the real property and facilities, something they expect to close on by June 30.

Kaiser will operate the hospitals beginning July 1.

Avery Chumbley completes the signing of the hospital documents as Mary Ann Barnes, Hawaii president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, cheers along with left Gov. David Ige.

Avery Chumbley completes the signing of the hospital documents as Mary Ann Barnes, Hawaii president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, cheers along with Gov. David Ige.

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“This agreement ensures quality healthcare services and improved delivery of those services for the Maui region,” said Ige in a press release. “The governance structure assures a continued role for the Maui community in the governance of the facilities, and revenues generated in the Maui region facilities will be invested back into those facilities.”

“This is a transformational opportunity, and the board’s decision ensures the sustainability of a comprehensive healthcare delivery system for the people of Maui and Lanai,” said Avery Chumbley, chair of the Maui Region Hawaii Board of Directors. “The Maui board’s decision to select Kaiser Permanente was based upon their willingness to work collaboratively with our physicians and staff to provide compassionate, quality healthcare.”

State senators from Maui applauded the agreement.

“Establishing this partnership will make certain that residents continue to receive the quality health care they deserve and that health service providers will be retained,” said Senate Majority Leader Kalani English. “It’s reassuring that the agreement recognizes the special roles Lanai Community Hospital and Kula Hospital have in their communities and I hope to see improved health care services for these areas as well.”

Gov. Ige's Chief of Staff Mike McCartney snaps a photo of Sens. Rosalyn Baker amd Kalani English, and Chumbley and Ige after Kaiser signing.

Gov. Ige’s Chief of Staff Mike McCartney snaps a photo of Sens. Rosalyn Baker and Kalani English, Chumbley and Ige after the Kaiser signing.

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