Second hospital proposed for Maui
The 150-bed facility in Kihei would have advanced equipment and medevac service
WAILUKU » Malulani Health Systems Inc. has submitted an application to the state to build the second hospital on the Valley Isle.
The proposed hospital would be built in Kihei, one of the state's fastest-growing communities, near resorts at Wailea and Makena.
Systems President Dr. Ronald Kwon said yesterday that if approved, the Malulani Health and Medical Center will be located on 40 acres adjacent to the Maui Research and Technology Park, and should open in 2009.
Kwon said the facility will include a 150-bed acute-care hospital with 25 critical-care beds; 110 medical or surgical beds; 15 labor, delivery and recovery beds with a Level II nursery; and a 20-bay emergency department.
He said the hospital will also contain an ambulatory pavilion housing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic service and a six-suite operating room, including one suite equipped for open-heart surgery.
Kwon said the facility would contain a two-room endoscopy suite, a comprehensive imaging center, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs, and an angiography suite for treating acute coronary and stroke patients.
Malulani officials said contracts with local helicopter companies to provide on-site medevac services, with a heliport next to the new hospital's emergency department, will help the hospital dramatically reduce transport time for trauma, stroke, cardiac, obstetric and other critically ill patients.
Kwon said Maui is the only major Hawaiian island without at least two acute-care hospitals.
The Valley Isle has one hospital, the state-run Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku.