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New Queen’s Facility Closer To Completion

UHA Health Insurance recently donated $100,000 to The Queen's Medical Center to fund the completion of its new West Oahu facility. Pictured (from left) are Queen's Medical Center president Art Ushijima, UHA president and chief executive officer Howard Lee, chief executive officer of Queen's–West Oahu Susan Murray and UHA chief medical director Dr. George McPheeters. Photo from UHA Health Insurance.

UHA Health Insurance recently donated $100,000 to The Queen’s Medical Center to fund the completion of its new West Oahu facility. Pictured (from left) are Queen’s Medical Center president Art Ushijima, UHA president and chief executive officer Howard Lee, chief executive officer of Queen’s–West Oahu Susan Murray and UHA chief medical director Dr. George McPheeters. Photo from UHA Health Insurance.

Medical insurance provider UHA Health Insurance recently pledged $100,000 to support the completion of Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu, which is due to open in the spring. The funds also will go toward the construction of a healing garden for patients and their families.

“This is a wonderful gift to start the new year, not only for Queen’s, but for the community of West Oahu,” stated Susan Murray, Queen’s Health Systems’ senior vice president of the West Oahu region and chief operating officer of Queen’s West Oahu. “UHA’s generous support helps us extend Queen’s high quality of care to the people of West Oahu.”

“For years The Queen’s Medical Center has been a great partner and has provided our members with excellent health care services,” said Howard Lee, president and chief executive officer of UHA. “We know that it has been a challenge to have a sustainable hospital in West Oahu, and we believe it is our corporate responsibility to support Queen’s and ensure the expansion and modernization of emergency, surgical and imaging services for a growing part of the island.”

Through its support of the healing garden, UHA Health Insurance hopes to assist patients in the healing process — beyond their physical needs.

The garden will provide a place to sit and relax and also feature a winding pathway, art sculptures and a gazebo.

“The connection between The Queen’s Medical Center and The Queen’s Medical Center– West Oahu will be found in the branches of a shower tree in the garden,” Murray said.

“Through air-layering, part of the white Queen Emma shower tree that is on the downtown campus will be planted in the healing garden at West Oahu. Palm trees will also be planted.”

“We know that there are several different avenues of healing,” added Lee, “and the garden will be an alternative way to help patients with their mental, spiritual and emotional healing.”

For more information, visit queensmedicalcenter.org.

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