Hawaii hospital could close within months without additional funding

Wahiawa (Hawaii) General Hospital, the largest employer in Central Oahu, could close within the next six to nine months without legislative assistance.

The hospital is facing financial troubles and needs $6 million over the next two years to remain open.

A resolution is pending in the Hawaii House that would provide emergency funds for the hospital. However, the resolution has not moved since it was referred to the House Finance Committee in late March, according to a Pacific Business Newsreport.

In a post on Wahiawa General's website, officials said shuttering the facility would be devastating and affect more than 600 jobs.

Wahiawa General has recorded losses of $9 million over the last three years. The losses are largely attributable to reductions in government funding and lower inpatient admissions.

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