Wailuku, Maui, HI (August 6, 2021) – Maui Health, which includes Maui Memorial Medical Center, Lanai Community Hospital, and Kula Hospital, is committed to the health and safety of our patients, employees, providers, and community. COVID-19 and its variants, most notably the Delta variant, are actively spreading throughout our community and across the state with the highest positivity rates and daily COVID-19 positive cases recently recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.
Maui Memorial Medical Center has experienced an increase in COVID-19 positive admissions and our Emergency Operations Center team continues to monitor hospital operations and census, which is functioning at normal capacity with hospital beds and intensive care beds available.
As we continue to monitor this current surge, we continue to focus on our responsibility to provide a safe environment for our patients to receive care, and a workplace for our employees that actively avoids preventable harm. While Maui Health has instituted many safety precautions, including restrictive visitation, universal N95 mask use, and regular COVID-19 testing for employees and patients, the most effective prevention strategy is a fully vaccinated workforce. With this, Maui Health is requiring that all employees be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021.
“Our decision to mandate vaccination for all Maui Health employees was a careful, thoughtful decision,” said Mike Rembis, Maui Health CEO, “we care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community and must do everything we can to ensure the safest care environment, which includes a vaccinated workforce. Our patients deserve it, and our employees, providers and their families deserve a workplace that will also keep them protected from the virus.”
Employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination, if already received, or be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021. Maui Health will include exemptions for a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prohibits someone from receiving the vaccine. All unvaccinated employees will be tested regularly beginning later this month.
“We are grateful to the majority of our employees who have already chosen to be vaccinated. Their commitment and dedication are commendable in keeping everyone safe. We know vaccination is a personal decision and we will continue to provide education, resources, and answer questions to ensure everyone has the most scientifically reliable information available to make their decision,” said Mike Rembis.
Maui Health joins many hospitals and health care systems throughout the country who have implemented employee vaccine mandates, including hospitals and providers in Hawaii. As announced earlier this week, Hawaii Pacific Health, Adventist Health Castle, Queen’s Health Systems, Kaiser Permanente (including KP Outpatient facilities), Hale Makua, Maui Medical Group, and Kihei-Wailea Medical Center.
We encourage all eligible community residents who have not yet been vaccinated to please reconsider. The Maui Health – Main Lobby Vaccine Clinic is open Mondays/Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Please, join us in being part of the solution in ending this pandemic. For more information on the vaccine clinic, please visit www.mauihealth.org/covidvaccine.
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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 1500 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.