The Queen’s Health Systems, corporate parent of The Queen’s Medical Center, has officially acquired the former Hawaii Medical Center (HMC) West campus from St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. Both parties signed closing documents that enable Queen’s to acquire and open the former HMC West campus. This is the final step in the real estate transaction. The campus will be named The Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu. Queen’s plans to open the hospital in early 2014.
St. Francis Healthcare System had sold its East (Liliha) and West campuses to Hawaii Medical Center in January 2007, but the new owners subsequently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization twice—the first time in August 2008, and again in June 2011—then began to completely wind down hospital operations at the Liliha and West campuses, starting with the closure of its emergency departments. The two HMC hospitals closed at the end of 2011. 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 On April 25, 2012. The assets included properties and equipment at both the East (Liliha) and West campuses of the former HMC.
“Transferring the ownership of the West Oahu hospital assets to Queen’s is an important milestone for St. Francis,” said Jerry Correa, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. “We recognize the critical need to reopen hospital and emergency services in West Oahu. 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 have a deep appreciation for their mission.” St. Francis Healthcare System will keep the East (Liliha) campus and continue to operate its other non-hospital based services, including hospice care in people’s homes island-wide, at nursing homes, and its own inpatient hospice centers in Nuuanu and the West Oahu campus; home health on Oahu and Kauai; bathing and personal grooming services; and other health care services.
“The Queen’s Medical Center is looking forward to working together with the West Oahu community to open the campus as The Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu …,” said Art Ushijima, QHS/QMC President. “We are committed to being good partners and good neighbors [in building] a health care facility the [community] will be proud to support and utilize.” Recalling Queen’s founding in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, Art noted that Queen’s has served its mission of providing quality health care services for over 153 years. “We look forward to serving the people of West Oahu with the same standard of excellence that has been the foundation of our founders’ values and vision,” he said.
The acquisition of the land and facilities along with planned improvements will exceed $70 million. Major improvements at The Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu campus will include an expansion and modernization of emergency, surgical, and imaging services. Further terms of the agreement are confidential.
For future updates about the The Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu campus, please visit www.queens.org. The public is also invited to call The Queen’s Medical Center–West Oahu Infoline at 808.691.5048 for inquiries and updates.