Isle hospital discusses affiliation with Queen’s
Stephens Media Hawaii
North Hawaii Community Hospital and Queen’s Health Systems — corporate parent of Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu — are exploring an affiliation that officials with both entities say will improve health care on Hawaii Island.
Queen’s Health Systems announced late Tuesday the formal agreement that allows Queen’s to explore the possibility of a formal affiliation with Waimea-based North Hawaii Community Hospital. The agreement also allows Queen’s to conduct in-depth due diligence into the physical and regulatory requirements needed before moving forward, said Cedric Yamanaka, Queen’s Health Systems and Medical Center spokesman.
The specific nature of any affiliation between Queen’s and NHCH will be determined and announced after the due diligence work is completed, he said. That process is expected to take three to four months.
The formal affiliation would build upon a clinical affiliation started in 2005 to help streamline the transport of cardiac patients needing care beyond what NHCH can provide, said Yamanaka and Wayne Higaki, North Hawaii Community Hospital vice president of public affairs and chief development officer.
Sen. Josh Green, D-Kona said an affiliation could include a sharing of management resources, main streaming electronic health care records and share position time, which could enhance the ability to bring specialists into the area.
Queen’s Health Systems has had a formal affiliation with Molokai General Hospital for more than two decades. The hospital has been a subsidiary of Queen’s since 1987 when Queen’s assumed the hospital’s debt load.