Hawaii island Mayor Mitch Roth was taken to a hospital Saturday night time with chest pains, county officers mentioned this morning.
Roth, 56, who was elected in November, went to North Hawaii Community Hospital, was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center, the place he was handled and had a stent implanted, in line with a county information launch.
A stent is a small tube that’s used to maintain blocked passageways open. It could mitigate chest ache and presumably deal with a coronary heart assault in progress.
Doctors are nonetheless evaluating him, officers mentioned.
Hawaii County spokesman Cyrus Johnasen mentioned, “Mayor Roth’s recovery is anticipated to take a few days. His cabinet is built, but is awaiting confirmation for directors on the 20th. They are already working.”
Hawaii County Managing Director Lee Lord is performing mayor whereas Roth is recovering.
“I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers at this time,” Roth mentioned within the information launch. “I have had excellent treatment from the moment I began to feel discomfort, and would especially like to thank our Hawaii County first responders for their adept response and care. My wife Noriko and I look forward to a speedy recovery and are confident that Lee will do a phenomenal job as acting mayor.”
Lord mentioned, “I look forward to representing you honestly and with integrity in the absence of Mayor Roth. My wife Linda and I are praying for a speedy recovery for Mitch and look forward to his return.”
Roth assumed workplace on Dec. 7 after garnering over 58% of the votes towards political newcomer Ikaika Marzo within the Nov. 3 election.
Roth, a former Hawaii island prosecutor, succeeded Harry Kim, who served as Hawaii island mayor for 12 years, however did not advance following the Aug. 8 main.
While serving as a Hawaii County prosecutor, Roth was greatest recognized for his function in acquiring convictions within the infamous “Peter Boy” Kema case 20 years after the 6-year-old’s demise by the hands of his dad and mom.
Just after his election win, Roth advised the Star-Advertiser’s livestream present “Spotlight Hawaii” that he wished to alter “the philosophy of government to a government that helps people thrive and succeed, versus being always in control. When we’re always controlling things, we stifle creativity and we stifle progress.”
U.S. Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) prolonged his prayers and properly needs to Roth and his household in an announcement in the present day that additionally praised the Hawaii island healthcare amenities that served the mayor.
“I would like to extend my prayers and well wishes to Hawaiʻi Island Mayor Mitch Roth for a full and speedy recovery,” Kahele mentioned. “We also extend our aloha to his wife Noriko and their entire family who are supporting him at home.”
“I want to thank the doctors and staff of the North Hawaii Community Hospital as well as the Hilo Medical Center for their quick actions to aid Mayor Roth. The Hilo Medical Center’s interventional cardiology program and cardiac catheterization laboratory provides crucial care for those in need,” he mentioned. “We are deeply grateful for the important life saving work they do every day.”