Queen’s-West Oahu Opens To Big Demand

The highly anticipated Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu opened its doors May 20, and it immediately began receiving patients.

Within its first three hours, the hospital’s emergency room had 11 patients. According to preliminarily volume statistics released by Queen’s, within the first week, there were 940 visits to the ER, 126 inpatient admissions and 51 inpatient transfers to Queen’s Punchbowl facility.

“Our Queen’s ohana is very grateful for the West Oahu community’s response and support,” stated Susan Murray, senior vice president of The Queen’s Health Systems, West Oahu Region, and chief operating officer of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu. “The teamwork demonstrated both at The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and The Queen’s Medical Center-Punchbowl has been outstanding. We continue to work together to address issues such as staffing and maintaining quality and safety, and ask for the public’s patience as we grow along with the needs of the West Oahu community.

“Every one of us at Queen’s is committed to providing our patients with access to quality health care at a state-of-the-art facility.”

In an effort to support such a large demand, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation recently donated $3 million to the new West Oahu hospital.

“The Weinberg Foundation’s generous gift is making it possible for Queen’s to grow and continue to impact and improve the lives of the people of West Oahu,” stated Art Ushijima, president and CEO of The Queen’s Health Systems.

“We already are making plans for expansion and hiring more people — providing jobs to those who live in the community. This would not be possible without the immeasurable support of our sponsors such as The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.”

“The needs are definitely in West Oahu,” added Eric Yeaman, chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Queen’s Health Systems. “We’ve experienced it in just the first few weeks. We are continuing to take steps to support West Oahu’s tremendous growth and fulfill the mission of our founders, Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV.”

In addition to the emergency room, the hospital also houses imaging, cardiology and specialty clinics, as well as inpatient and outpatient surgery. The facility currently has 80 beds — which it plans to ultimately increase to 135.

“The $3 million grant from Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is helping us bring a new level of health care to West Oahu,” said Ushijima. “We can continue to grow, adapt, and reach more people and save more lives.”