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North Hawaii Community Hospital is a 35-bed rural acute care hospital located in Waimea, Hawaii Island. More than 300 employees and over a dozen employed physicians staff the main hospital, as well the outpatient clinics located in the Lucy Henriques Medical Center and at the Hale Ola Pono Primary Clinic located near Longs Drugs.

North Hawaii Community Hospital holds the following recognitions:

  • The Joint Commission accreditation
  • Level III Trauma Center designation
  • Kohala Home Health Care – TJC accredited; designated Top Agency of 2016/HomeCare Elite
  • Baby-Friendly designated birth facility by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.

Our Mission

To fulfill the intent of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV to provide in perpetuity quality health care services to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians and all of the people of Hawaii.


Vision

Our vision is to treat the whole individual - mind, body and spirit - through a team approach to patient-centered care, and ultimately to become the most healing hospital in the world.


Values

As ohana, we value an environment of aloha which nurtures trust, respect, self-expression without fear, open minds and hearts and continuous improvement.


Our History

North Hawaii Community Hospital’s roots date back to the early 1900s when Lucy Kalanikumaikiekei 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 2013, a corporate affiliation formally brought North Hawaii Community Hospital into The Queen’s Health Systems 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 Systems 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 Systems 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.