Financing partner sought for new West Maui Hospital

Newport Hospital Corp. received a certificate of need for a new hospital on Maui from the state of Hawaii in 2009, but has not yet been successful in obtaining financing to bring the project to fruition. Recently, the group indicated plans to move forward with a request for proposal process to offer the approximately 5-acre site to a Hawaii-based hospital system for development.

The request for proposal comes on the heals of a second unsuccessful bond offering to get the proposed West Maui Hospital and Medical Center project off the ground. The project has been discussed for almost 20 years as an alternative for the community which has been cut off from Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku by accidents and fires on Honoapiilani Highway. The plans would bring a 25 bed acute-care bed hospital, with a 24-hour Emergency Room, 40 bed assisted living facility, 40 bed skilled nursing facility, a state of the art medical office building, and a future drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility to the island. The 5-acre facility would be located on the site of the former Ka’anapali Coffee Farms.

Brian Hoyle, president of Newport Hospital Corp. explained,

“The community, people’s support has been great. We love the West Maui community. What we are saying now, we tried on our own (to get financing), it just seems we can’t get it without some strong backing.

“We could pull the permits to build this hospital tomorrow,” Hoyle added. “We have everything all done. We are offering that to the prospective bidder for the proposal. In turn, they would get the land, all the permits, construction plans, everything that they need to build a 25-bed hospital for this purpose. That would be our contribution to them. It would be up to them to finance, build and operate.”

Hoyle is reported by The Maui News to be seeking a local partner, perhaps an established local hospital system, join the project and open health access to the community. Hoyle indicated the RFP will formally announced in the next month.