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Kaiser to consolidate care to larger medical offices if strike still happens

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

If Unite Here Local 5 members go on strike against Kaiser Permanente, 10 of Kaiser's smaller clinics will temporarily close beginning Feb. 2, but its resources will be consolidated to larger medical offices through the six-day work stoppage, the health care company says.

Kaiser said physicians and registered nurses will be available to provide medical care at open facilities during the strike. However, elective procedures and non-urgent appointments will be rescheduled. Those patients will be notified directly.

"Our first priority is the safety and care of our patients," said Kaiser spokeswoman Laura Lott in a statement. "We are committed to taking all necessary steps to minimize disruption to our patients and members, especially during this severe flu season. We deeply regret any inconvenience caused by Local 5's action and appreciate our members' understanding and patience."

Kaiser continues to be in contract negotiations with Local 5, the union representing about 2,000 workers, including receptionists, food servers, housekeepers, maintenance workers and some licensed practical nurses. Union representatives said the company's 3-year contract offer isn't nearly enough, and members also disagree with upcoming pension plan changes.

The following facilities are open and will operate under normal hours:

Oahu:

  • Moanalua Medical Center and Specialty Clinic
  • Moanalua After Hours Care
  • Honolulu Medical Office and Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Koolau Medical Office
  • Mapunapuna Gastroenterology
  • Mapunapuna Mohs Surgery Center
  • Waipio Medical Office
  • Behavioral Health Ala Moana

Maui:

  • Maui Lani Medical Office
  • Maui Lani After Hours Care
  • Wailuku Medical Office and Ambulatory Surgery Center
  • Lahaina Clinic
  • Maui Lani Elua Clinic
  • Behavioral Health Wells Street

Big Island:

  • Hilo Clinic
  • Kona Medical Office

The following facilities will close Feb. 2 to 8, but will reopen on Monday, Feb. 9:

Oahu:

  • Hawaii Kai Clinic
  • Kahuku Clinic
  • Kailua Clinic
  • Kapolei Clinic
  • Mapunapuna Clinic (except areas listed above)
  • Nanaikeola Clinic
  • Pearlridge Clinic

Maui:

  • Kihei Clinic

Big Island

  • South Kona Clinic
  • Waimea Clinic

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