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Kona hospital CEO appointment blessing in disguise


Jay Kreuzer, new CEO of Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital, started his first day Monday, March 28. The past couple of weeks have been a true testament of his commitment to these hospitals and community.

When he was offered the position, it prompted him to schedule his routine yearly check-up which revealed that he needed to have surgery done for preventative measures.

In light of his initial arrival date of Monday, March 14, the West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors and senior leadership of Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital encouraged Kreuzer to think of his health first and foremost.

They also believed it would be in his best interest to have the procedure performed in a familiar setting in Chicago and be surrounded by his loved ones.

“We are fortunate that Jay was able to take care of this medical condition before he arrived in Kona, and that it may have saved his life,” said Ali Bairos, M.D, Chair of the West Hawaii Regional Board of Directors.

“Being in a hospital setting, it is ironic that this occurred, and is a perfect example of how routine check-ups and visits to your doctor can actually help,” Bairos said. “We are excited to have him on board because he comes with a wealth of knowledge, experience and long tenures. Our decision to offer the position to him seems more right now than ever before.”

When asked about his sentiments of the entire situation, Kreuzer said, “I was upset at first when I heard of the news that I had to be delayed especially having committed to coming sooner than later. But, I was also extremely thankful. It was truly a blessing in disguise. I am doing well, and my doctor has given me a clean bill of health. Now, I am more than ready to provide the foundation and support that the hospitals need.”

His wife, Jean, a school nurse, will join him in Kona once the school year is over. They are both looking forward to being part of the Kona community.

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