HONOLULU –Kāhi Mōhala, a critical resource for behavioral health services in the community and the only hospital-based residential program in the state, will join The Queen’s Health System. The transition, pending completion of government agency notices and reviews, is scheduled to take place in December.
Kāhi Mōhala opened in 1983 on 14.5 acres in ‘Ewa Beach and remains Hawai‘i’s only free- standing, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital. The hospital is licensed for 88 beds and offers services including Child and Adolescent Acute Care, Child and Adolescent Residential Care, Adult Forensic (as patient overflow support from the Hawai‘i State Hospital), and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization. Current ownership of Kāhi Mōhala is with the Sutter Health network, an integrated, not-for-profit health system based in Northern California. As part of the agreement, The Queen’s Health System intends to offer employment to Kāhi Mōhala’s 250 employees.
“Kāhi Mōhala provides essential services to our community, and we are excited to build on their great work,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, President and CEO of The Queen’s Health System. “Kāhi Mōhala translates to mean ‘a place to blossom, open and shine.’ We appreciate the opportunity to help patients and their families continue on their path toward healing by supporting high-quality, compassionate health care.”
The Queen’s Health System plans to further develop essential behavioral programs that are well designed to support and care for the needs of the community, with special emphasis placed on enhancing access to outdoor activities in the park-like setting. The natural atmosphere is a known feature that supports healing and wellness, particularly for children and adolescents. Once Kāhi Mōhala unites with The Queen’s Health System, it will also help enhance better integration within Queen’s network. Kāhi Mōhala is approximately a mile away from The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu, which can help support patient care coordination.
“Sutter Health understood the importance of integrating Kāhi Mōhala’s services with a broader continuum of local care, connecting mental and physical health services to better serve the people of Hawai‘i and their whole health,” said Mark Linscott, interim administrator for Kāhi Mōhala. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with another not-for-profit health care organization, which has a legacy of caring for the Hawai‘i community. In the months ahead, we are committed to a seamless transition of services for our patients and their families, and we will support our employees throughout the transition process.”
Terms of the agreement are confidential.