HHSC Acting President and Chief Executive Officer Issues Statement over the Death of Health Director Loretta Fuddy

Honolulu, HI – Alice M. Hall issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hawaii Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy:

“With deep emotion and sadness the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation mourns the passing of Loretta Fuddy. She devoted her life to all facets of healthcare improvement for Hawaii, including healthcare provisions that HHSC has benefited from. Loretta also has served on the HHSC Corporate Board of Directors, as an ex-officio representative, since 2011. She was a wise, sincere, wonderful person who will be greatly missed.

On behalf of our Corporate Board of Directors, employees, Medical Staffs, volunteers and auxiliaries, and foundations, our sincere condolences go out to Loretta’s family and the Department of Health staff.”

About Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

HHSC consists of five regional systems operating 9 facilities throughout the State of Hawaii: East Hawaii Regional system operates Hilo Medical Center, Ka’u Hospital, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua and Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home; West Hawaii Regional system operates Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital; Oahu Regional system operates Leahi Hospital and Maluhia; and Kauai Regional system operates: Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital. HHSC has three nonprofit affiliates: Kahuku Medical Center operating a critical access hospital and long-term care facility in rural Oahu; Ali'i Community Care Inc. doing business as (1) Roselani Place providing assisted living on Maui, and (2) Ali'i Health Center: a physician practice in Kona; and Hawaii Health Systems Foundation.

Established by the Legislature in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii. As such, HHSC provides essential safety-net hospital and long term care services throughout the State. Since 1996, HHSC has and continues to fulfill the State’s promise to provide high quality, healthcare to all regardless of whether an individual has health insurance or the ability to pay for the healthcare services they receive.

HHSC Media Contact:
Debbie Hirano, CEO Secretary/Board Secretary
808-733-4151, dhirano@hhsc.org