Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital have a new chief executive officer.
Anna Chiotti was selected to replace regional CEO Jay Kreuzer, who will be retiring as CEO on Dec. 31. Kreuzer will remain involved in strategic planning for the region next year, while Chiotti assumes the role on Jan. 2.
Chiotti, a nurse leader by training, has worked in health care leadership roles for more than 30 years, particularly in hospital management at Providence Healthcare, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.
Kona Community Hospital, established in 1914, has 94 beds and offers acute care with 24-hour emergency services, while Kohala Hospital is a critical access facility with acute and long-term care and a 24-hour ER for the North Kohala community.
The hospitals are operated by the quasi-public health care system, Hawaii Health Systems Corp.