Castle Medical Center
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Castle Medical Center is a 160-bed medical center located in Windward Oahu. It provides a full range of services, including: acute care, 24-hour emergency services, outpatient and home care, wellness and lifestyle medicine, chemotherapy clinic, Surgical Weight Loss Institute, Hawaii Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Joint Care Center, birth center and interventional cardiology.
In 1953, the Windward Community Association began a campaign for a hospital to be established in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. Dr. Robert Chung, a physician and Mrs. Carolyn Rankin, organizer of a women’s auxiliary, were key leaders in the campaign. Ten acres of land were donated for a building site, the community raised $170,000 to fund the project and the Seventh-day Adventist Church donated $600,000. Although support was received from both the Governor’s Hospital Advisory Council and the 30th Territorial Legislature, the Board of Health refused to designate the area as a separate hospital zone. Their refusal prevented any federal funds from being available.
Two incidents emphasized the need for a local hospital. The first involved a collapsed roof that injured five men and forced them to travel to Honolulu to receive medical attention. The second involved a five-year-old girl who choked to death on a pill. Doctors agreed that had surgery facilities been closer, the child might have lived. Within months the State Board of Health gave their approval and access to federal funds became available.
On January 16, 1963, Castle Memorial Hospital opened. It was named in honor of Harold Kainalu Long Castle, who donated the land. The $2 million facility opened with 72 beds and 14 bassinets. In 1983, it became known as Castle Medical Center (CMC) due to the growth and success of the outpatient services and programs. CMC joined Adventist Health on January 28, 1973.
In 1986, a decision was made to expand and a $8.7 million renovation was completed in 1989. This renovation expanded operating suites, equipment was updated and the kitchen, lobby, chapel and gift shop was enlarged. The state’s first Labor-Delivery-Recovery-Post Partum rooms were also added.
Castle Medical Center is part of Adventist Health, a health care organization headquartered in Roseville, California. Adventist Health represents regional delivery networks spanning California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. The networks comprise 85 distinct business units including 20 acute care facilities—controlled, managed or leased—with more than 3,000 beds, 17,000 employees, numerous clinics and outpatient facilities, medical foundations and 18 home health agencies.
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