Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital’s roots date back to the early 1900s when Lucy Kalanikumaikiekie Henriques and her cousin Lucy Peabody shared a vision of improving health care in North Hawaii, and created a trust fund and land endowment. However, it wasn’t until 1977 that the Lucy Henriques Medical Center opened with an emergency room, x-ray lab and medical offices, with hopes for a full service community hospital.
In 1987, North Hawaii Community Hospital was officially incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3). State and private funds allowed the hospital to be built and open in 1996 as an acute care facility that incorporated blended medicine in a unique setting. In 1999, the Lucy Henriques Medical Center merged with the new hospital. A clinical affiliation with The Queen’s Medical Center began in 2005, and in 2014, a corporate affiliation formally brought North Hawaii Community Hospital into The Queen’s Health System family of companies.
The Queen’s brand of health care began in 1859 with the founding of The Queen’s Hospital by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV in response to the diseases that were decimating the Hawaiian population. The Queen’s Hospital became The Queen’s Medical Center in 1967, and The Queen’s Health System umbrella company was established in 1985 to provide expanded health care services and programs to the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. Today, The Queen’s Health System has extended its mission not only to North Hawaii, but to the Island of Molokai through Molokai General Hospital, and to the West Oahu region by opening The Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu.