HONOLULU (AP) - The parent company of Oahu's Castle Medical Center is considering an acquisition of three public hospitals on the Big Island.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that California-based Adventist Health is in talks with the Hawaii Health Systems Corp. hospitals Hilo Medical Center, Kau Hospital and Hale Hoola Hamakua.
The hospitals cut 87 employees earlier this year as they faced a $7 million shortfall. That represents about 7 percent of the region's workforce.
Castle has operated in Windward Oahu for more than 50 years.
Adventist Health operates 20 hospitals, 230 clinics and several home health agencies in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.