New director for long-term care appointed to Kula, Lanai hospitals

Kimberly Fuson

The Maui News

Maui Health System has appointed a senior director of long-term care and critical access for Kula and Lanai Community hospitals, according to an announcement Thursday.

With two decades of experience, Kimberly Fuson fills the administrative position in which she will work with senior housing and human service organizations.

“To live and work with the people and in the place my soul calls home is the greatest honor and privilege,” Fuson said. “I am humbled to have been selected for this important community role with Maui Health System and look forward to collaborating with all our community partners to make Maui Health System no ka oi.” 

Fuson last served as vice president of operations at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Calif., where she guided the leadership teams of three separate facilities. Prior to that, she served as chief operating officer at Cedar Sinai Park, a senior and special needs housing and health care organization in Portland, Ore.

Fuson earned her Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the University of Oregon and pursued graduate studies in social work at Portland State University. She is a licensed nursing home administrator in Oregon and Hawaii.

Dr. Nicole Apoliona, medical director of Kula Hospital, praised Fuson for her years of experience in assisted-living care. The Upcountry facility is a critical access hospital offering long-term, urgent and limited rural emergency care, as well as a range of outpatient services, including a family medicine clinic.

“She (Fuson) is passionate about caring for our kupuna and brings new energy to our Kula ohana,” Apoliona said Thursday. “I really look forward to working with her.”

Lanai Community Hospital is the island’s only hospital. It provides emergency, acute and long-term care to roughly 850 patients every year.