A much-needed hospital will soon serve the Leeward community, filling a void that’s been lingering for two years. On May 20, the Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu campus will open its doors.
“We wanted to do the infrastructure, put in the technology that speaks well for today and going into the future. And that just took a little more time,” said Susan Murray, chief operating officer of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu.
The new hospital will have 80 beds when it opens, increasing to as many as 135 as needed. Services will include a state-of-the-art emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery, imaging, cardiology and specialty clinics. The new campus will fill the void that was created when the former Hawaii Medical Center-West closed its doors in December 2011.
“If we have an incident in Waianae, it takes about 30 minutes in traffic with lights and sirens to get to a hospital,” said Shayne Enright, spokesperson for Honolulu EMS. “This new hospital will cut that in half.”
But paramedics will still need to transport critical patients to Honolulu once they’re stabilized at the new hospital in Ewa. While Queen’s main campus on Punchbowl serves the needs of the state and Pacific Basin, the new facility will focus on the needs of West Oahu.
“It’s the highest percentage of Native Hawaiians on Oahu so that speaks to our heart and mission, high incidence of diabetes, young families,” Murray said.
The new hospital will be located at the former HMC-West campus, which Queen’s officially acquired from St. Francis Healthcare System in December 2012. Queen’s West Oahu has hired more than 350 workers so far and could employ nearly 100 more by its opening date.
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