Queen's agrees to reopen former HMC West

Published On: Aug 27 2012 11:30:32 AM HST
Updated On: Aug 27 2012 01:04:13 PM HST
HMC West Queens proposal
HONOLULU -

The Queen's Health Systems, corporate parent of The Queen's Medical Center, and St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii announced Monday that they have reached an agreement that enables Queen's to acquire and reopen the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus.

"This is an exciting day for the West Oahu community," said Jerry Correa, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. "We recognize the vital need to reopen the Ewa hospital with an emergency department for West Oahu residents and our agreement represents a major step forward in that direction.  We believe Queen’s solid track record of quality care and thorough understanding of Hawaii's culture and the health needs of the local community make it ideally suited to operate the West hospital. We look forward to working with Queen’s to expedite the reopening of the West campus hospital."

"The Queen’s Medical Center is very excited about reopening the hospital and providing needed medical services to the West Oahu communities," said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen’s Medical Center.  "Over the coming months, Queen’s will be committed to creating a campus that the people of West Oahu can be proud of. Our goal is to build an active and vibrant Queen’s presence in West Oahu to serve this large and growing community, and to fulfill the mission of our founders, Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV."

Queen's says it is committed to investing approximately $50 million into improvements to the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus that will include an expansion and modernization of emergency, surgical and imaging services.  The closing date of the sale is scheduled for October 2012.  Queen’s hopes to reopen the hospital by Fall 2013.

St. Francis Healthcare System continues to operate its other non-hospital based services, including hospice care in people’s homes islandwide, at nursing homes, and its own inpatient hospice centers in Nuuanu and the Ewa campus; home health on Oahu and Kauai; bathing and personal grooming services and other services.

On April 25, 2012, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Faris ordered the return of the hospital assets of the former Hawaii Medical Center to St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii and its affiliates. The assets include properties and equipment at both the East and West campuses of the former Hawaii Medical Center.

St. Francis Healthcare System sold the hospitals to Hawaii Medical Center in January 2007.  Hawaii Medical Center subsequently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization twice; the first time in August 2008, and again in June 2011.

Hawaii Medical Center began to wind down the hospital operations at the two campuses in Liliha and Ewa, starting with the closure of its emergency departments in December 2011.  Hawaii Medical Center officially closed at the end of last year.

The substance and status of the agreement are confidential.

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