Hawaii’s Office of the Attorney General said Friday that a federal court is allowing the transfer of three Maui County hospitals to Kaiser.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order for Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital.

According to the press release, Gov. David Ige and the United Public Workers union filed a status report with the court stating that “the parties are in the midst of productive conversations regarding a possible resolution of a lawsuit brought by the union in United Public Workers v. Ige.”

Maui Memorial.
Maui Memorial. Chad Blair/Civil Beat

The UPW represents many workers at the hospitals. The governor also asked the court to let transition activities resume, something UPW did not oppose.

Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement, “Allowing transition activities to resume is the best way to give everyone involved adequate time to prepare and minimize disruption in services. Governor Ige’s top priority is to protect patient care at the Maui region hospitals.”

The Hawaii Legislature in 2015 approved ending the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation’s control of the Maui facilities and transferring service to a private operator.

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