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Future of CHA medical facility in Hawaii hazy

A last-minute bankruptcy reorganization filing means it will be at least the end of January before the future of Wichita-based CHA's Hawaii Medical Center is determined.

Malik Idbeis, vice president for communication at CHA, said St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii filed a reorganization plan just before a Dec. 14 bankruptcy hearing.

The hearing was rescheduled for Jan. 27, he said.

CHA purchased the financially struggling Hawaii Medical Center from St. Francis Healthcare System in 2007. The medical center, which has two campuses in Honolulu, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in August 2008 after its relationship with a lender dissolved.

CHA was formerly known as Cardiovascular Hospitals of America. It is led by Wichita cardiovascular surgeon Badr Idbeis.

In addition to the reorganization plans filed by CHA and by St. Francis Healthcare, one has been filed by the medical center's unsecured creditors.

Malik Idbeis said St. Francis Healthcare has objected to some of CHA's plan, "which is to be expected.... (But) we think ours is pretty fair."

The CHA plan includes five options, all of which involve divesting itself of Hawaii Medical Center's east campus.

At the hearing later this month, Idbeis said, the judge is to decide whether to approve the three plans' disclosure statements and send them on to the credit committee for a vote on which plan to accept.

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