Surgical Services Unit Announces May Closure

May 6, 2019 Hospital Staff

Wahiawa General Hospital has announced the planned closure of its Surgical Services Unit.  The final day for surgical procedures is May 15 with complete unit closure occuring May 31, 2019.

“Whereas this decision was not easy, it allows our hospital to focus on and add resources in support of our core services:  the Emergency Department, Diagnostic Imaging, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Critical and Long Term Care, as well as Laboratory Services,” said Brian Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer. This change in services was fully supported by the WGH Board and hospital Administration.

“We have always enjoyed serving the needs of our community and we will continue to do so with focus on our mission: to meet the healthcare needs and exceed the expectations of our patients and customers,” Cunningham shared.

The unit closure comes at a time when WGH is evaluating all patient service lines and the role they play in securing the continuum of healthcare across the island of Oahu.

During the transition period, all scheduled surgery patients will continue to receive the highest level of patient care. Additionally, WGH is working closely with all future surgery patients to identify the best options of care for them once the surgical unit shuts down.

“We are working closely with the other healthcare facilities across the island to confirm that any future surgery patients will receive the appropriate care they need,” said Tammy Kohrer, WGH’s Chief Nursing Officer. “In addition, our deepest appreciation goes out to all of the staff and physicians who have worked in our surgery department over the years delivering the best care possible to our patients and the communities we serve.”