Wilcox Medical Center Launches Newly Renovated Emergency Department: Kauai Now: Kauai News & Information

Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe recently celebrated the completion of its newly renovated emergency department.

The entrance to the newly renovated emergency department at Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe. (Courtesy photos)

State and county leaders recently joined medical center staff and community members in a blessing of the new emergency department. Renovations began in October 2020; however, the service remained open at all times during construction.

This is the first time the medical center’s emergency department has been completely renovated and updated since it opened in 1995. Wilcox averages 25,000 emergency visits and 450 trauma activations per year.

The $5.1 million renovation project was funded by donations from the community, including some from the Wilcox family descendants and doctors and medical center staff, among others. Kaua’i’s business community also contributed.

The new space includes two trauma resuscitation rooms and several specialized treatment rooms. Wilcox Medical Center is Kaua’i’s only Level III trauma center and the first in Hawaiʻi to be verified by the American College of Surgeons.

The two new trauma rooms will help improve the efficiency of life-saving care, with larger doors to facilitate the rapid movement of equipment and patients around the area. Suites can also accommodate additional members of the trauma team, the latest technology and essential supplies.

“We know how devastating a traumatic incident can be, especially for our small community,” Jen Chahanovich, president and CEO of Wilcox Health, said in a press release. “Most of these medical emergencies involve multiple patients who need care simultaneously. We know that investing in these state-of-the-art trauma suites will continue to improve emergency care for the people of Kaua’i.

Kahu Jade Waialeale Battad speaks at a recent blessing ceremony for the new emergency department at Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe.

The newly renovated ward also includes three negative pressure rooms where patients suspected of having infectious diseases will be treated, helping to prevent air from flowing into other areas to contain airborne diseases. Additionally, specially designed equipment is readily available in the department’s new pediatric and OB-GYN rooms.

The new emergency department also includes a dedicated behavioral and mental health patient room with telehealth capabilities, featuring advanced video technology that allows Wilcox staff and specialists from across the Hawai’i health system Pacific to engage with patients at any time without entering the room.

All patient care areas are now completely private.

For more information about Wilcox Medical Center, click here.