Health Care

Court's OK ends CHA's Hawaii presence

A judge's approval of a bankruptcy reorganization plan has ended Wichita-based CHA's presence in Hawaii, said Malik Idbeis, vice resident for communication at CHA.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved a plan calling for Hawaii Medical Center's two campuses in the Honolulu area to become nonprofit hospitals. The plan was approved early this summer.

CHA had purchased the financially struggling Hawaii Medical Center in 2007. The medical center filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in August 2008 after its relationship with a lender dissolved.

Early this year, CHA also ended its part-ownership of Louisiana Hospital Center in Hammond, La., when it was sold to its creditor.

Idbeis said CHA's hospital in Clarksville, Ind., which opened late last year, is doing well and stays close to full.

CHA also wants to build a hospital to cater to medical tourism in the Cayman Islands, he said, but "credit markets are still pretty frozen."

He said health reform legislation that passed earlier this year had slowed CHA's plans because it halted expansion or new construction of physician-owned hospitals.

"We're kind of having to regroup and figure out what to do about that," he said.

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