Hospital Receives Trauma Center Re-Designation
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2016


North Hawaii Community Hospital has been designated again as a Level III Trauma Center by the State of Hawaii Department of Health.  This re-designation confirms that North Hawaii Community Hospital continues to meet the rigorous standards set by the State of Hawaii for a Level III trauma facility and is equipped to work within the State Trauma System to assist in the care of trauma patients in Hawaii County.


The Level III designation means that North Hawaii Community Hospital offers comprehensive emergency services with rapid treatment of patients. Trauma surgeons are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, along with 24-hour access to radiology, laboratory and anesthesia services.  North Hawaii Community Hospital was first designated in 2013 and as required by the State of Hawaii, must be surveyed every three years to maintain the Level III designation.


“Achieving Level III designation assures members of our community that they will receive high quality emergency services when they or a loved one are brought to North Hawaii Community Hospital, including precise injury assessment, stabilization, resuscitation, and patient transfer services when necessary,” said Kim Bastien, North Hawaii Community Hospital Trauma Program Manager.  “In addition, our proximity to the airport in Waimea and affiliation with The Queen’s Health Systems allows for rapid medical evacuation to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, the state’s only level II trauma center.”


North Hawaii Community Hospital’s trauma team was activated for 135 patients in 2015.  The most common causes of trauma in North Hawaii are falls, motor vehicle collisions and ocean-related injuries.