Hospital Expands To Meet ER Needs
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.