A budget for the Maui County hospitals to be run by Kaiser Permanente was agreed upon by legislative officials on Monday. The $33.4 million budget would include improvement and expansion plans as well.
The final total figure has not been agreed upon, but the two-year budget is expect to run from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019. Lawmakers could go to vote as early as tomorrow on budget bills.
Other budget items that may be voted on include $3.7 million for the Paia bypass design, $103 million for Kahului Airport improvements, $9.3 million for Kaanapali Beach restoration, $2 million to replace the gym floor and make band room expansions at Maui High School, and many others! All budget worksheet details are available in the Office of Executive Judiciary and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
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Maui County is encouraging applicants interested in employment to apply now. The three public hospitals in Maui County do not want the transition to Kaiser to hold those back whom may be searching for employment. The transition to Kaiser will take place on July 1.
Over 93% of the employees at the three public hospitals have accepted jobs at Kaiser. Still in need are nurses, nurse aides, lab, physical and occupational therapists, and clerical positions. Those accepting employment now before the transition will begin accruing benefits.