Queen's Medical Center offers a proposal to restore HMC West

Published On: Aug 03 2012 10:58:00 PM HST

It's a deal that could restore emergency medical services for Leeward residents by next year.

The Queen's Medical Center is offering to put up just over $73 million to buy and restore Hawaii Medical Center West.

Queens formally filed its request for approval with the State Health and Planning Agency Thursday. It's the first time we're getting to see the details. 

Queen's is offering $21.2 million to buy the West Campus. Then it plans to shell out $25 million for construction projects, $18 million for equipment, and another $9 million for moving costs.

HMC shut down both its East and West campuses last December.

A big concern for lawmakers: a new deal would mean scaled back services to save money, but Queen's plans to match the number of beds - 134 - previously offered by HMC West.

Lawmakers are liking what they see.

Queen's needs an additional 10 permits and licenses before it can reopen the facility - which it hopes to do by next July.

We got no response from St. Francis, but in a Queen's spokesperson says, "The process has been complex and time consuming. We are encouraged and look forward to its completion in coming months."

The public has until August 13 to submit testimony, or ask for a public meeting on the transfer.

If no one does, the Planning and Development administrator could made a decision right away.


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