In Depth History

Lucy Kalanikumaikiekie Henriques and her cousin Lucy Peabody share a vision of improving healthcare in North Hawaii.


Lucy Henriques wills land and a trust fund for a medical facility at Makahikilua in Waimea.


Northern Hawaii Hospital Corporation (NHHC) forms to plan an acute-care hospital.

Parker Ranch owner Richard Smart commits to a new hospital, but agreement with the State and community cannot be reached as to where and how it should be built.


Lucy Henriques Medical Center (LHMC) is chartered as an alternative and phase-in for the NHHC.


LHMC opens freestanding Emergency Room, X-Ray, Lab and Medical Offices.


North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) incorporates as a non-profit 501(c)(3), kicks off grass roots effort to provide access to acute-care services within the “golden hour.”


NHCH Advisory Board forms with representatives from North Hawaii communities.


State Legislature appropriates $824,000 for plan and design of NHCH.


NHCH preliminary planning calls for 50-bed, acute-care facility, estimated cost at $25 million; Legislature passes Resolution of Intent to fund half of construction.


Legislature approves $12.5 million grant-in-aid to be matched by private funds. Capital Campaign begins. LHMC pledges $2 million.


NHCH fund raising reaches goal, matching State’s $12.5 million.


State Certificate of Need (CON) is granted. Architectural design process begins.


NHCH ground breaking and construction starts. State releases appropriation.


Construction is completed, and NHCH opens in May, integrating blended medicine into a beautiful and uniquely-designed hospital setting. Management agreement is signed with Adventist Health Care.


NHCH purchases Kohala Home Health Care.


Solution Point recognizes NHCH as Best in Class for hospitals under 350 beds for Customer Satisfaction in Food, Housekeeping and Total Process.

NHCH earns JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accreditation and is ranked #1 in National Survey.


LHMC and NHCH merge. North Hawaii Dialysis, owned and operated by Lucy Henriques Medical Center, merges with and is operated by North Hawaii Community Hospital.


Campaign for the New Century is launched to upgrade and expand Imaging Department. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 1.5 Tesla Unit and Four-Slice CT Scanner are acquired.


Modern Maturity magazine lists NHCH as one of the nation’s 15 “Hospitals with Heart.”

NHCH ranks #1 in HMSA’s Hospital Quality and Service Recognition Program in the small hospital category and receives full three-year accreditation from JCAHO.


The Association of Healing Health Care Projects Organizational Award acknowledges NHCH’s commitment to the ethic of “Healing Ourselves, Our Relationships and our Communities.”


$6.5 million Imaging Campaign is completed. The Hospitals for a Healthy Environment H2E Award for Environmental Pollution Prevention Efforts is received.

Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services, visits and speaks at NHCH.

Statewide award is earned for patient safety protocols within our Surgical Services Department.

The Waimea Women’s Center and the North Hawaii Ohana Care, a private-duty division of the Home Care Department, are launched.


NHCH is recognized by the Governance Institute for maintaining the highest standards of healthcare through an ongoing pursuit of excellence in governance.

Professional Research Consultants Five Star Customer Service Award is received for scoring in the top 10% for “Excellent” responses in Emergency Services and Imaging Services.

Richard Smart Big Island Community Achievement Award for Environmental Protection is received. Hospital Annex Building opens to house Kohala Home Health Care, North Hawaii Ohana Care and Labman.

NHCH Board authorizes the development of the Hawaii Heart Brain Center (HHBC) at North Hawaii Community Hospital.


Clinical affiliation with the #1 heart hospital in the nation, The Cleveland Clinic, and partnership with The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu are announced.

The American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines®-Coronary Artery Disease Initial Performance Achievement Award, a first in Hawaii and one of only 36 hospitals in the nation, is received.

HeartMath Stress Relief Program is launched as part of the HHBC’s community health education program.

NHCH is recognized by the Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E) partner program for efforts to improve the environmental performance of the healthcare sector.

Statewide Emergency Preparedness Exercise is held at NHCH. Medallion presentation program is launched for all new employees. HMSA recognizes NHCH as “The Best Hospital” in its size category.


NHCH celebrates its tenth year in operation with a 10th year birthday party.

Project IntelliCare, an Electronic Medical Records system, begins implementation in September.

The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Coronary Artery Disease Annual Performance Achievement Award, is received.


A new affiliation is developed with Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) for stroke patients. MMMC offers state-of-the-art neurointerventional therapy that is designed to remove the clot that is causing the stroke.

NHCH Innovation Day is proclaimed by Governor Linda Lingle on September 11, 2007, for NHCH’s dedication to the health and well-being of our citizens.

Hospitalist program is launched to improve patient care and reduce length of stay in the hospital.


Kohala Home Health Care is recognized as the 2007 and 2008 Home Care Elite Award winner.

The American Heart Association Gold Award for Performance Achievement in Cardiac Patient Care is received.


NHCH holds its first Human Pink Ribbon on the front lawn in an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.  About 500 men, women and children dresse in pink to participate.


The Joint Commission awards the Gold Seal of Approval to NHCH, following an extensive site-visit at the end of May.


NHCH celebrates its 15th anniversary (May 28th)