Wailuku, Maui, HI (January 20, 2023) – Michael A. Rembis, the Chief Executive Officer of Maui Health – who guided the newly formed health system in expanding health services, programs and access, improved quality metrics that met or exceeded national standards, and created a pathway for financial sustainability, has announced his intent to retire this spring.
Rembis joined Maui Health in 2017 with the majority of his tenure leading through a global pandemic and providing collaborative leadership that led to significant improvements for the Maui Health hospitals of Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital, and Lānaʻi Community Hospital and clinics of Maui Memorial Outpatient Clinic and Kula Clinic.
“As I reflect on my time at Maui Health, I am proud of the many accomplishments we have made and the incredible team of professionals that have made it all possible,” Rembis said. “I leave knowing that Maui Health is positioned well for future growth, expanded specialty services, and exceptional care by a health care team that is committed to serving the Maui County community.”
Under Rembis’s leadership, Maui Health has consistently received national recognition in heart, stroke, and diabetes care. The health system also earned back-to-back Leap Frog Grade A ratings in 2022 – the first in the system’s history, and both Kula Hospital and Lānaʻi Community Hospital earned the highest rating, five stars, by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). In addition, under Rembis’s leadership, Maui Health recently opened the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy Center and led the recruitment of several new physician specialists to provide care on Maui for the residents and visitors of Maui.
“Mike has guided Maui Health through a critical time in health care and through the unforeseen challenges of the global pandemic” said Kim Horn, executive vice president and group president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. “I am grateful for his leadership and look forward to his partnership as we plan for this leadership transition.”
Clay Sutherland, a member of the Maui Health board of directors, said, “Mike has provided excellent, experienced leadership. His collaborative nature and determination to improve the quality of care and increase the access to more physician specialists for our community is a significant legacy. Mike was also instrumental in extending health care services outside the hospital walls to further engage our community. He will truly be missed, and I wish him all the best as he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.”
Maui Health will begin planning for a smooth leadership transition and will initiate a national search for a new CEO.