Lawmakers are considering pumping more money into the struggling Wahiawa General Hospital to keep it afloat, provided it discontinues acute-care services and focuses solely on emergency, geriatric and long-term care.
If acute-care services were to end, the closest hospitals to offer them would be Queen’s Medical Center- West Oahu and Pali Momi Medical Center, both about 20 minutes away.
“We’re trying to come to an understanding of what scope of acute services would be fitting. We’re hoping that’s a point of negotiations and discussions,” said Doug Degraaf, interim CEO of Wahiawa General, which is now managed by Community Hospital Corp., a nonprofit based in Plano, Texas, which specializes in small hospital turnarounds.
“We want the acute care here to fit a typical community hospital. We don’t aspire to be a large medical center … with all the high-end services,” he said Friday.