HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Kona Community Hospital will cut 34 positions and shut down its nursing unit in an effort to rid a $6 million hole in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports administrators at the Kealakekua hospital on Monday announced the cuts which will be in effect by Aug.1. The exact positions that will be eliminated have yet to be mentioned.
The hospital's transition will cut losses by $3 million but will still leave a $2.5 million deficit.
West Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Jay Kreuzer, says the gap can be attributed to increased labor costs and retiree health benefits previously covered by the state.
Administrators say the skilled nursing unit could be reopened in the future if funding becomes available.