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United States : QUEEN S MEDICAL CENTER, ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM enter agreement.

An agreement have been entered by the parent of The Queen s Medical Center and St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii for The Queen s Health Systems in order to acquire the former Hawaii Medical Center West in Ewa and also to reopen the hospital in the fall of 2013.

Queen s noted that the sale of the West Oahu hospital to the operator of Hawaii s largest hospital is expected to be completed in October. It is also planning to invest about $50 million in order to upgrade the hospital and to expand and modernize the emergency, surgical and imaging services.

Art Ushijima, president of The Queen s Medical Center added, Over the coming months, Queen s will be committed to creating a campus that the people of West Oahu can be proud of. Our goal is to build an active and vibrant Queen s presence in West Oahu to serve this large and growing community, and to fulfill the mission of our founders, Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV.

Other health services such as hospice care in people s homes, at nursing homes and inpatient hospice centers, home health care and assisted living services, will be continued to be operated by St. Francis Healthcare System.

Jerry Correa, president and CEO of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii said, We recognize the vital need to reopen the Ewa hospital with an emergency department for West Oahu residents, and our agreement represents a major step forward in that direction. We believe Queen s solid track record of quality care and thorough understanding of Hawaii s culture and the health needs of the local community make it ideally suited to operate the West hospital.

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