HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A representative of Adventist Health is looking into the financials of East Hawaii's publicly funded hospital system, as his nonprofit organization considers a partnership with the financially troubled health care facilities.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the representative, Robert Beehler, spoke last week to members of the Hawaii Health Systems Corp.'s East Hawaii Regional Board about the $3.5 million network's mission and its work with hospitals in tough economic situations. It was Beehler's second trip to Hilo since the two companies began exploring the possibility of a partnership this summer.
Chairman of the regional board, Kurt Corbin, says it's too early to tell what will become of the potential partnership.
But Beehler says if their interests align, a partnership could look similar to the one being pursued by HHSC's Maui Region and Kaiser Permanente.