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Kula Association to host first Kaiser Hospital transition presentation

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Understanding some of the significant health care changes that are taking place on Maui will be the subject of the Kula Community Association’s meeting at 7pm this Wednesday, May 17 at the Kula Community Center.

Beginning at 6:30 pm the usual great refreshments will be available with an opportunity to meet with your neighbors. All members of the Maui community are welcome at this informative meeting. Phone 283-4376 for information.

Starting July 1, 2017, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals’ Maui Health System will take over the management of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Clinic, and Lanai Community Hospital. All are now being operated by the State of Hawaii.

Maui Health System will oversee the care delivery system at the hospitals, working with contracted physicians and other doctors in the community. The three hospitals will continue to function as community hospitals, caring for everyone, regardless of their health insurance or ability to pay.

During this Wednesday’s meeting Ray Hahn, Senior VP and Hospital Administrator, and David Ulin, MD, Associate Medical Director, Operations, Pacific Permanente Group, will share their vision and answer questions from the audience who may wish to ask about changes in medical procedures to be offered , the new management, hospital access for your doctor, costs, insurance, etc. If you’d like to submit a question in advance, email nate.m.dyke@kp.org + dickmayer@earthlink.net

Hale Makua has a new Director, Mr. Wesley Lo, who will describe Hale Makua services both within their two long-term care facilities and in providing home-health care for many residents of our community.

Rat Lungworm has become a concern. Lissa Strohecker from the Maui Invasive Species Committee will discuss methods to protect our gardens and community from the introduction of a Rat Lungworm infestation. What can you do?

All members of the Maui community are welcome at this general meeting. Phone 283-4376 for information.

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