Queen's Medical Center West looking to hire, partner with some 60 doctors
Hospital expecting to open next spring
After more than two years shut down, the former Hawaii Medical Center West, and the people who want to fill its halls, is itching to reopen.
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"It's been a fast-moving project," said Susan Murray, COO of the renamed Queen's Medical Center West Oahu.
She said they're pretty much on track to open in the spring of 2014 and the recruiting process has begun.
She said they're aiming for a staff of about 400, including a 60-strong partnership of physicians from around the community, with 15 hired to work at Queen's full time.
"We're pulling from different parts of the island and we'll be recruiting from the mainland," said Dr. Whitney Limm, vice president of clinical integration and a transplant surgeon at Queen's.
"About a third of our health care staff lives in (West Oahu), and we've gotten calls from other health care providers saying their staff is buzzing about the opportunity," said Murray.
Not much has changed at the West Oahu campus except for the sign that was put up recently.
But Murray said she expects to get a demolition permit any day now, so the hospital can start rolling on renovations.
"We're looking to fix the lighting, make the parking lot brighter," said Audrey Hayashi.
Companies are scouting the area to hopefully partner with Queen's.
Hayashi works for EMCC Hawaii, which wants to update parking lot lighting, in what's expected to be one of many coveted contracts.
"It's a huge initiative and they're looking to improve all the standards here," she said.
"Fortunately we have about a year to plan for this," said Limm.
Physicians man some offices, companies work out of others, and hospice care still churns behind the parking lot at the old HMC campus.
But it’s the return of what once was that this community is asking for.
"They are asking for services they want from a hospital," said Limm.
Murray said they have a solid pool of doctors and nurses to pull from the islands and expects roughly 10 percent of the staff will be mainland hires.
When it opens, the hospital will offer 82 beds, with a potential of up to 130, and an emergency room the size it once was.
She said they expect to start recruiting nurses in the fall.
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