A much needed hospital will soon open up in Ewa.
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The Queen's Medical Center-West Oahu opens next week.
From the outside it doesn't look very different. The five-story building used to be the old Hawaii Medical Center.
But inside now is a new high-tech medical facility.
"The whole first floor was completely gutted and major renovations took place on the other floors and we were able to buy the building next door which supports the (operating room)," said Susan Murray, Queen's West COO.
The hospital will have 80 beds, a state-of-the-art emergency room with four doctors on staff at all times, plus in- and out-patient surgery.
It will also bring much-needed relief to the Leeward community.
"It's life or death in some situations. Previously the nearest hospital was Pali Moami and for people living in Wahiawa, that's a long distance," said Dr. Whitney Limm.
"EMS and AMR both are so excited about us being here because time is health if you urgently need care. The sooner you can get that care, the better, and they feel that will add that capacity to west Oahu," Murray said.
About 450 employees have been testing the equipment, practicing procedures and participating in mock emergencies.
"The day-in-the-life gives the nurses, doctors and staff opportunity to get practice runs and ID gaps before the opening," Limm said.
The new hospital is a $100 million investment. It opens May 20.