Wahiawa General Hospital cutting 100 positions

Wahiawa General Hospital cutting 100 positions

HONOLULU (AP) - Wahiawa General Hospital is cutting the equivalent of 100 full-time positions.

CEO Don Olden says the hospital has cut the equivalent of 60 full-time positions since May and another 40 positions will be eliminated in the coming months.

He says the hospital needs to reduce expenses by about $3 million after losing some business to the newly opened Queen's Medical Center-West Oahu.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the cuts come amid claims the hospital owes University of Hawaii medical school physicians $800,000 in back pay.

Medical school Dean Jerris Hedges says Wahiawa General hasn't been able to pay six UH faculty physicians who supervise residents at the hospital.

Olden denies owing the medical school money, saying there are "mitigating factors." But he won't explain those factors.

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