Emergency medical services will return to Ewa, as the new sale of an old Oahu hospital is announced.
It took nearly a year to reach an agreement over the deal, and the hospital's reopening could take even longer.
"This is a very exciting day, for the Sisters of St. Francis and the people of West Oahu," said Jerry Correa, the President of the St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii.
The day of celebration came nearly 350 days after Hawaii Medical Center West shut down. The closure left Ewa residents without nearby emergency services. So many were happy to hear the news.
"I think its great, I live right across from the hospital and that's why I moved there. I think we really need it, Ewa really needs a hospital," said Ewa resident Alma Caberto.
Queen's Health Systems bought the hospital for $40 million and has big plans to spend another $30 million improving services.
"We want to expand emergency services, imagery services in support of the hospital and surgical services," said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen's Medical Center.
St. Francis Healthcare Systems will use the money it received from the sale to transform its former medical center in Liliha into a non-hospital care center.
"We would like to have service lines like skilled nursing facilities, wellness centers, assisted living and so forth," said Correa.
Those changes will take even more money and outside developers so right now, there is no target time for those services to start up.