Ground was broken Wednesday on a new intensive care unit at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. Once completed, it will provide critical medical care to families across the state and the Pacific.
“(The new facility will include) a newborn intensive care unit which will (consist of) 70 private rooms,” said Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children. “Today, we have an open unit (with) 46 beds.”
Smith says privacy is extremely important. “Research shows when a family participates in the care of the patient, they heal better and faster,” she said.
And sick newborns aren’t the only ones who will benefit. The care will focus on now and the future.
“Our pediatric intensive care unit will also be an all-private room unit,” Smith said. “There will also be some education space. We work with the University of Hawaii, with the school of medicine, and then also for training nurses.”
Even the company overseeing the project understands the importance of this new facility.
“I’m a dad who had a child with a heart defect and facilities like this are invaluable,” said Steve Decker, executive vice president of Layton Construction. “You can’t say enough about the good work that they do.”
The facility will cost $180 million to build. Kapiolani has more than $29 million to date.
The building should be completed by March 2016.