Hawaii Medical Center to close hospitals, if buyer not found

Published: Nov. 2, 2011 at 7:56 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 2, 2011 at 11:03 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – In a move that will leave the Ewa community without a hospital, sources tell Hawaii News Now that Hawaii Medical Center has decided to close its Oahu facilities.

Sources tell Hawaii News Now that Hawaii Medical Center-East in Liliha and Hawaii Medical Center-West in Ewa Beach will close if a buyer is not found.

An announcement could be made when Hawaii Medical Center heads back in bankruptcy court Monday, November 7.

HMC has been trying to find a new buyer.

In October, the Saint Francis Healthcare System decided against taking back the hospitals that it sold in 2007.

Under a bankruptcy reorganization plan Saint Francis would have assumed ownership of the two hospitals.

But in a letter to its employees Saint Francis said HMC's debts would be too much for it to handle.

Hawaii Medical Center-East, opened in 1927, in Liliha. Hawaii Medical Center-West, opened in 1990, in Ewa Beach. Hawaii Medical Center has 900 employees and is the state's only organ transplant center.

Late Wednesday afternoon HMC released this statement:

Statement Attributable to Maria L. Kostylo
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Clinical Officer
Hawaii Medical Center

November 2, 2011

Hawaii Medical Center has not decided to close its hospitals.

Our focus continues to be on securing a buyer for the hospitals. We are in discussions with potential buyers and continue to provide medical services to the community.

In the event we are unable to find a new buyer, Hawaii Medical Center will take the necessary steps to ensure an orderly wind down and the safe transfer of patients to other medical facilities on the island. However, there is no definitive timeline for action at this time.

Our hospitals in Liliha and 'Ewa remain open for business. We thank everyone in the community who has shown support for Hawaii Medical Center.

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