Ronald Schurra is stepping down as regional chief executive officer of Hilo (Hawaii) Medical Center, effective Dec. 1.
Schurra, 65, has headed up the 130-bed hospital for the past eight years and is considered among his peers to be a dynamic leader responsible for major healthcare improvements on the eastern side of Hawaiis Big Island, including a renovated emergency department, better physician recruitment and establishment of the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home.
Schurra has children in college on the mainland and has decided to retire, a spokeswoman said, adding she and other staff members are heartbroken.
Alan Okamoto, board vice chairman at East Hawaii Regional part of Hawaii Health Systems Corp., said in a written statement that while the board had hoped Schurra would continue in the job, We also appreciate that he has to consider his personal needs and those of his family. The board will start a search soon for his successor.
Hilo Medical Center is part of Hawaii Health Systems, which is a 13-facility public hospital network across the islands that are based in Honolulu. -- by Rebecca Vesely