Hawaii Medical Center officially closed to patient care

Published: Jan. 5, 2012 at 7:48 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After 85 years of serving patients in the islands, the Hawaii Medical Center announced it has closed its last remaining hospital on Thursday.

According to HMC, the last patients were transferred from its East facility on Wednesday to other hospitals and long-term care facilities.

By this weekend, HMC will lay off majority of its nearly 1,000 employees.

HMC says administration and other necessary departments at its East and West facilities will stay open to oversee the wind down of business operations.

"Today is a sad day for all of us at Hawaii Medical Center. We've been a part of the community for 85 years, first as St. Francis Medical Center and then as Hawaii Medical Center," Chief Executive Officer and Chief Clinical Officer Maria Kostylo said. "Despite our many challenges in recent years, the employees of HMC never waivered in their commitment to provide quality care for patients. I commend them and am very grateful for their dedication and professionalism."

Back in Dec. 2011 in bankruptcy court, it was announced that St. Francis Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Services could not agree upon a sale price.

PMS had offered $25 million, but St. Francis was looking for an offer in the $40 million range.


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