• Kona Community Hospital Names New CEO

    July 31, 2020
    For Immediate Release


    July 30, 2020 - Kealakekua, Hawaii – James “Jim” Lee has been appointed the new Regional CEO of Kona Community Hospital starting August 10, the organization announced today. Lee will oversee operations and management of the 94-bed, full-service acute care hospital, which employs 540 staff members and 100 medical providers.

    Lee served most recently as interim hospital administrator at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center on Oahu. Under his leadership, the hospital maintained excellent ratings related to patient satisfaction, quality and safety, including an “A” rating for Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade, a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a Stroke Gold Plus award from theAmerican Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and Healthgrades’ Outstanding Patient
    Experience award.

    Lee spent 10 years in management consulting, first with Deloitte, then with PricewaterhouseCoopers,
    before focusing his career in health care administration. He served in various leadership positions at
    hospitals and health organizations throughout the New York region, including New York University
    Langone Medical Center, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital
    and Westchester Medical Center in New York.

    “Jim has a solid track record of bringing together employees and building a culture centered on patient
    experience and quality care,” said WHR Board Chair, Frank Sayre, DDS. “His leadership will be invaluable
    in reaching our long-term goals and vision for Kona Community Hospital and improving access to high
    quality, patient-focused health care in our community.”

    Lee attended Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, where he received his bachelor’s degree
    in economics. He received his Master of Business Administration with a focus in health care
    administration and finance from Cornell University, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is
    an active member and former board member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and also
    served as chair of the organization’s Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum. In his spare time, Lee enjoys
    snorkeling, playing golf, cooking and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

    About Kona Community Hospital - Founded in 1914, KCH is a 94-bed full-service acute care hospital with
    24-hour emergency department recently designated as a Level III trauma center supporting the west
    region of the island of Hawaii. It is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a special agency
    of the state of Hawaii established in 1996. It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation
    of Healthcare Organizations. KCH is dedicated to providing and enhancing accessible comprehensive
    healthcare services to the West Hawaii community.