Wailuku, Maui, HI (January 26, 2022) –Maui Health and Kula Hospital are pleased to announce the appointment of Kenneth Scott Jr. DO, CMD as the Kula Hospital Medical Director, effective January 17, 2022. As Medical Director, Dr. Scott, is responsible for improving clinical outcomes and implementing quality initiatives and performance improvement programs. Dr. Scott will work closely with the clinical and administrative leadership teams to implement strategies that enhance patient care.
“Gaining a true understanding of the patients' perspective has enabled me to better appreciate the work of our physicians, nurses and other caregivers. Their insight and their passion are what motivates me in my new role as Chief Medical Director of Kula Hospital,” said Dr. Kenneth Scott Jr. DO, CMD. “Being a medical doctor is truly a privilege and I look forward to working with the Kula Hospital providers, leadership, and employees to build on this great medical institution and continue to provide the best and most compassionate family-centered care to our upcountry community. I also want to acknowledge and thank Dr. Nicole Apoliona for her tireless commitment to caring for Maui’s community for over 23 years. There is a selflessness and sensibility not found anywhere else except by those who care for people when they are at their most vulnerable and that is the essence of the legacy Nicole has left for me to follow in,” Scott said.
Dr. Scott has over 30 years of experience as a physician and over 16 years as a hospitalist. The knowledge and experience Dr. Scott gained through his work in the field of medicine, when the hospitalist medical specialty was still being developed, helped him become one of the industry’s most knowledgeable medical professionals in this vital specialty. Because of his expertise, he now helps to rebuild many struggling hospitalist programs throughout the country. Dr. Scott also sits on various hospital boards providing counsel and leadership to help improve programs.
Early in his career Dr. Scott developed an interest in nursing home care and served as a Medical Director for nursing homes for 15 years prior to being appointed Chief Medical Officer of Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest privately-owned nursing home operators in the United States, for 8 years.
After eight years in corporate health care, Dr. Scott pursued a life-long dream to provide high-quality physician services to the post-acute and long-term-care industry and formed his own company, SilverSage Management Services. SilverSage Management Services provides physicians to the post-acute and long-term-care industry and provides consulting services to nursing homes and assisted living companies on improving quality care and safe transitions.
“We are excited and honored to have Dr. Scott take on this role,” said Kerry Pitcher, Sr. Director of Long-Term Care & Critical Access for Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital. “This pandemic has been more than challenging for our doctors, nurses and all of our caregivers and staff at Kula Hospital and we look forward to not only the specialized leadership, knowledge and experience he brings to this position but his genuine passion for this work.”
Dr. Scott earned his doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University - Quillen College of Medicine. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Scott has served as a member of the Program Planning Committee for Education with the Foundation Board for the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. He and his wife Sharon have enjoyed living the island life here on Maui for the past four years.
About Kula Hospital
Kula Hospital is a critical access hospital and emergency room serving the growing Upcountry Maui population. The Kula Hospital Emergency Department is staffed with a physician 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is equipped to provide care and services for non-life-threatening emergencies including x-ray and laboratory, splinting, suturing, and wound care, as well as the administering of IV fluids and medications. On most weekdays, patients can be seen immediately, with little to no wait, making it a more convenient ER option for Upcountry residents. Kula Hospital’s Hale Makamae provides compassionate long-term care to about 85 residents, most who have lived there for more than 5 years. Daily care includes occupational and recreational therapy, nutritional services, activities and excursions.
About Maui Health
Maui Health, aka Maui Health System, community hospitals and associated clinics affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, Lanai Community Hospital and associated clinics, and serves the people of Maui and Lanai. The facilities under Maui Health employ more than 1600 Maui County residents, partner with over 460 hospital-based physicians, clinicians, and community-based primary and specialty physicians, and are open to all patients regardless of health insurance coverage. Maui Health is committed to delivering high quality, affordable, patient-centered health care and improving the health of the community. Maui Health is supported by Kaiser Permanente’s industry-leading technology systems, evidence-based medicine and nationally recognized care quality. For more information, visit mauihealth.org.