Hawaii hospital acquired by The Queen’s Health System

In November, the Queen’s Health System in Honolulu acquired Wahiawa General Hospital after entering into an asset purchase agreement. The acquisition was a result of the participation of the nonprofit hospital’s board, providers, administration, and employees.

Wahiawa General Hospital temporarily closed its emergency department on March 18 due to issues with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. However, this did not deter Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu from immediately renovating and enhancing the Emergency Department and diagnostic services at Wahiawa General Hospital. This decision was made as Queen’s Medical Center – Wahiawa is the nearest emergency department for the residents of Wahiawa, Central O’ahu, and the North Shore, making it their initial priority.

Robin Kalohelani, RN, who serves as the regional vice president of operations, central, and associate chief nursing officer of the Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu stated in a news release that Queen’s plans to reopen the ED this summer. Through this acquisition, the community will benefit from increased access to providers, services and specialists. Queen’s has extended employment offers to nearly 100 Wahiawa General Hospital employees and is encouraging existing hospital employees to explore opportunities within the health system. This acquisition marks a significant step towards enhancing healthcare services in the region.

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