Hos­pi­tal Ex­pands To Meet ER Needs

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By PAIGE TAKEYA

More than 30,000 pa­tients pass through Cas­tle Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s emer­gency rooms an­nu­ally — a num­ber that has dou­bled in the last 20 years. That’s why the Kailua hos­pi­tal’s ER is still open, even in the midst of needed ren­o­va­tion and ex­pan­sion.

The fa­cil­ity’s 18 rooms will soon be­come 25 in a twophase project that be­gan last Novem­ber, bring­ing the depart­ment up from 7,500 square feet to 12,000. In June, 13 of the rooms should be fin­ished, with the re­main­ing 12 done by Novem­ber.

Only 13 rooms in the ER are op­er­a­tional right now, but hos­pi­tal vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions Travis Clegg said that things have been run­ning smoothly so far. “There’s re­ally been min­i­mal wait time, which helps,” Clegg said. “When we can be ef­fi­cient and move peo­ple through quickly … that re­ally helps to min­i­mize the im­pact to pa­tients.

“We did lose some rooms, but we have the best staff. We have amaz­ing physi­cians and amaz­ing staff. We’re very ef­fi­cient, but we’re also very, very com­pas­sion­ate.”

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, the hos­pi­tal also has been of­fer­ing

Nearly 90 vol­un­teers gath­ered at Ulupo Heiau State Park Jan. 19 in Kailua for Kupu Hawaii’s sev­enth an­nual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Ser­vice, where the non­profit youth con­ser­va­tion-train­ing group helped re­store and main­tain lo‘i and na­tive wet­land bird habi­tat, and cre­ated an out­door am­phithe­ater next to Kawainui marsh. Photo from Kupu Hawaii.

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