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The Queen’s Health System in Honolulu has acquired Wahiawa General Hospital, with the participation of the nonprofit hospital’s board, providers, administration, and employees. This acquisition came after an asset purchase agreement was entered into last November. According to a news release on April 3, Wahiawa General Hospital temporarily closed its emergency department on March 18 due to issues with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

Robin Kalohelani, RN, who serves as the regional vice president of operations central and associate chief nursing officer of the Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu stated in the release that Queen’s plans to immediately renovate and enhance the Emergency Department and diagnostic services at Wahiawa General Hospital. This decision was made as Queen’s Medical Center – Wahiawa is the nearest emergency department for the residents of Wahiawa, Central O’ahu, and the North Shore making it their initial priority. The Queen’s Health System aims to reopen the ED this summer providing improved access to healthcare services for the community.

Through this acquisition, patients will benefit from increased access to providers, services and specialists. Queen’s has extended employment offers to nearly 100 Wahiawa General Hospital employees and is encouraging existing hospital employees to explore opportunities within the health system. This acquisition marks a significant step towards enhancing healthcare services in the region.

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