Emergency Upgrade


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Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children held a blessing for its new, state-of-the-art emergency department.

Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children recently unveiled its new emergency department to the public.

We are very excited to open this space to the public as it is a great representation of our commitment to providing quality, family-centered care at Kapi‘olani,” says Kapi‘olani CEO, Martha Smith. “Th is new location for our emergency department features more space, private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art equipment to support our health care team in providing the level of care that Kapi‘olani is known for, and it will provide a more comfortable and private environment for our adult and pediatric patients.”

Located on the first floor of the Diamond Head Tower, offBingham Street, the new emergency department is now 14,000 square-feet, more than doubling the size of the previous emergency department. It also features 24 private treatment rooms (including two trauma rooms and two triage rooms); three rooms that are equipped as negative-pressure isolation rooms; an on-site satellite radiology suite for plain X-rays (eliminating the need to transport patients to the imaging department); separate adult and pediatric waiting areas, child-friendly d?cor; and a central, open business center.

“As parents, we are always trying to keep our kids out of harms’ way,” says Kapi‘olani Health Foundation Board Chair, JeffArce. “But accidents happen and when they do, it can be one of the scariest and most stressful times imaginable. Th ese health scares and concerns are the times when we, as worried parents, put our complete trust in the expertise of Kapi‘olani’s emergency team. After all, they are the experts, and Kapi‘olani is the only Level III pediatric trauma center in the state of Hawai‘i.”

The Level III pediatric trauma center designation means that Kapi‘olani provides the state—the entire Pacific region, for that matter—an emergency department that is staffed with board-certified adult and pediatric emergency medicine specialists.

“We all know that when you have a sick or severely injured child, whether they are a toddler or a teenager, they want their mom or dad, or any other family member who can comfort them through exams, tests and specialized care,” Arce adds. “Th ese improved spaces will enhance the medical experience by bringing families together— which is what Kapi‘olani is all about.”

In total, the emergency department treats more than 45,000 patients each year, averaging 125 daily visits from patients of all ages for everything from respiratory issues and broken bones to rare infections, pediatric traumas and pregnancy complications.

For more information on the new emergency department, go to kapiolani.org/ER.

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