Kauai Medical Center
West Kauai Clinics
Physicians & Providers
Kauai Region Procurement
of West Kauai Medical Center
With the need
for healthcare in the community evident, the Waimea Hospital and
Morgue was built in 1927 at the end of Ola Road. The facility was
supported by the three neighboring plantations and local businesses
in the area.
By 1957, great strides in technology and hospital care gave rise
to the need for a larger facility. The hospital managing committee
spearheaded the building of KVMH. Stocked with the latest of equipment,
KVMH opened with private rooms equipped with toilet facilities,
air conditioned surgeries, and wards. It was considered “state of
the art” in those years. The original Waimea Hospital was transformed
into the Waimea Dispensary.
In 1993, responding to our community’s needs, a new Medical Surgical
Acute Care wing was built with capital improvement funding (CIP)
and added on to the then current structure.
In 1996, Legislature created the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
to govern the community hospitals that were under the direction
of the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Division of Community
Hospitals. Being part of the system has brought KVMH many benefits
including teleradiography, telemedicine, video teleconferencing,
and patient management information systems.
1996 also brought the opening of The Kawaiola Medical Office Building
attached to KVMH. It was built with CIP funds secured by Representative
In 1999, the
medical campus, now called West Kauai Medical Center, established
primary care clinic services in the Kawaiola Building and at Eleele.
In 2001, KVMH was the first hospital in Hawaii to be designated
a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) by the federal government ensuring
rural communities access to needed medical services through federal
cost reimbursement. It is also the only CAH hospital in Hawaii that
is fully accredited by JCAHO -Joint Commission for Accreditation
of Hospital Organizations.
That same year, Ho’ola Lahui Hawaii (HLH) opened discussions with
KVMH regarding the establishment of a Federally Qualified Health
Clinic on the West Kauai Medical Center campus. KVMH supported this
concept and the resulting collaboration is a model for providing
rural communities with a full continuum of care while operating
efficiently and effectively through improved utilization of services
In April 2003, KVMH celebrated the remodeled obstetrics unit, which
includes labor delivery recovery postpartum rooms, a new nursery
and nursing station. This important renovation was supported by
grant monies from the McInerny Foundation, Wilcox Foundation and
the KVMH Charitable Foundation.
We deliver over 250 babies each year. Our signature “baby feet” decorating the waiting area walls tells you that you are in The Family
In December 2004, the purchase of Kalaheo Clinic expanded primary
care and clinic specialty services. Provider specialties currently
include Pediatrics, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Women’s
Health, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and General Surgery. Visiting consultants include Cardiology, Nephrology
Our clinic provider complement includes fifteen physicians and a
Nurse Practitioner offering a continuum of care to address the expanding
medical needs of our island community.
The hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007.
In 2009, the Eleele
Clinic re-opened as the Port Allen Clinic in a new, bigger location in
Port Allen Marina Center providing space for more physicians and exams rooms to handle the
growing number of patients choosing West Kauai Clinics for their healthcare needs.
Exciting new services for our Kauai community are now operational including
Stress Testing, Extremity MRI, Digital Mammography, and Stereotactic Biopsy.
These services provide fast, clear results for diagnosis and treatment of patients,
minimizing travel and waiting time. The stereotactic biopsy, in most cases,
can prevent the need for surgery to extract tissue samples.
Our vision for West Kauai Medical Center is to continue serving the west side
communities by providing quality health care and enhancing the “personal touch.”
The KVMH Charitable Foundation, formed in 1998, has a charter to support
the major needs of the hospital. The Foundation raises funds for equipment,
patient care, staff programs and education, a building renovation and
expansion. The members of the Foundation obtain funds through grants,
community events and individual donations.
The foundation has hosted the Red Hat/Purple Dress fundraising gatherings and
an Annual Golf Tournament for years. In 2007, the foundation planned our 50th
Anniversary Celebration with the help of the Auxiliary – A Luau Under the
The KVMH Auxiliary is very active in raising funds for patient equipment,
services, and other hospital needs. It runs the KVMH Gift Shop. Each year
their Holiday Craft Fair is a delight for the community, staff,
residents, and visitors.
Please help continue the tradition of West Kauai health care services!
Both the Auxiliary and Foundation are in search of energetic individuals who are
interested in becoming members of these organizations and mobilizing their
campaigns for the future.
Contact us for more
information on the KVMH Auxiliary and KVMH Charitable Foundation.
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