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State hospital system's board ousts chief executive Anderson

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Jul 02, 2013

The board of the state public hospital system known as Hawaii Health Systems Corp. has ousted its chief executive officer Bruce Anderson.

HHSC board chairman Avery Chumbley confirmed the board has taken action to remove Anderson as president and CEO and will release a public statement later today.

Anderson, former head of the state Department of Health, was named CEO in March 2011, succeeding interim CEO Alice Hall.

Anderson was at odds with the board over a controversial move to privatize part of the HHSC system with Banner Health, according to sources involved with HHSC who asked not to be identified because the information hasn’t been publicly released. 

HHSC also has faced scrutiny because the cost to convert to electronic medical records at its 14 public hospitals will likely exceed $100 million over five years, nearly double earlier projections.

Anderson couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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allie wrote:
sounds like a mess
on July 2,2013 | 12:15PM
1local wrote:
Unions and State employees formula for failure and waste of taxpayer $$$
on July 2,2013 | 02:48PM
honopic wrote:
As usual, you do no research but offer your half-baked opinion anyway. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 2,2013 | 08:54PM
awahana wrote:
They need to consult a IT EMR expert.
From what I've read so far, they are headed down the wrong path.
on July 2,2013 | 12:30PM
gobows wrote:
This is SO HAWAII....dontcha think?
on July 2,2013 | 12:55PM
Denominator wrote:
Its true that Chumbly graduated from High School and therefore doesn't rely only on the public dole, he could be a private security guard. However, what does he know about hospitals? What qualified him for his role in this except politics? This is just another case of the ducks running the farm.
on July 2,2013 | 01:33PM
kauai wrote:
Hey, stop insulting the ducks! Some of them critters are pretty intelligent (or at least, recognize the hand that feeds 'em).
on July 2,2013 | 03:04PM
Sat wrote:
Regrettable and most unfortunate. Anyone who knows Dr. Anderson will vouch for his intelligence, integrity and highly ethical conduct. I have no doubt that he had been working hard to guide the State Hospital System out of its long quagmire of political interferences into a self sustaining and efficiently run organization. It appears he needed the board to things that were not politically motivated to protect certain interest groups. And for that, he took the hit. Taxpayers should not view his ouster with disinterest. I expect that the hospital system will continue its path of spiraling downward, eating more and more of the taxpayers' resources. Dr. Anderson's ouster is a sad event and does not bode well for those needing efficient, cost effective quality hospital care.
on July 2,2013 | 01:52PM
fbiguy wrote:
He may be a great guy, but I'll never forget that when as State Health Director, he said that sugar cane burning did not present a health risk. Tell that to the plantation workers and their families that inhaled cane smoke for years....
on July 2,2013 | 02:56PM
false wrote:
That explains it. You must have been downwind. Seriously, I grew up downwind. As did my parents. Not fun, but not serious. Not at all. The insecticides were another mater.
on July 2,2013 | 08:32PM
hilocal wrote:
false, did your parents suffer from any respiratory ailments that were brought on or made worse by the cane smoke?
on July 3,2013 | 05:01AM
HOSSANA wrote:
To privatize and computerize medical records electronically is the wave in modernizing the medical records in our dilapidated state health system....yes, it will cost monies at the beginning but it will also facilitate better sharing of medical info among patients and doctors and modernize the system and bring it up to speed....to call for Dr. Anderson's resignation is a sign of the typical state burearcracy of usually moving backwards instead of forwards and or, maintaining status quo to save monies is just not an option but that is the usual thinking among our state bureaucrats. So stupid....absolutely stupid......that the board members cannot see this progress......
on July 2,2013 | 02:58PM
Sat wrote:
And where is Abercrombie?
on July 2,2013 | 05:25PM
HOSSANA wrote:
That little midget is probably hiding under his koa wood desk saying he has nothing to do with it......
on July 2,2013 | 07:12PM
soundofreason wrote:
Just more smoke and mirrors to hide accountability behind the scenes.
on July 2,2013 | 07:19PM
globalball wrote:
Interesting that the hospital board includes all the regional hospital administrators. $100 million in state taxpayer subsidy a year. There should be follow up story on what the dispute with the CEO was. Public needs to know more.
on July 2,2013 | 09:21PM
alohabrian wrote:
Choirs are singing and bells chiming at the firing of Bruce Anderson!! Congratulations to the board for this courageous move. He's been selling out the health of Hawaii's people for political purposes for too long.
on July 2,2013 | 10:39PM
HOSSANA wrote:
How is trying to privatize the State Public Hospital system and modernizing the medical records selling out the health of Hawaii's people esp. with the State Hospitals so antiquated now in their medical record keeping and the inordinate waste of monies being spent by the Board??? All he is trying to do is bring the State Hospital system up to date but that is not what is happening as the Board has resisted his efforts in trying to modernize the system.
on July 3,2013 | 06:52AM
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