About Us

The Queen's Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital with a 160-year legacy of caring for the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin. A member of The Queen’s Health Systems family of hospitals, The Queen’s Medical Center is the largest private hospital in Hawaii. It is licensed for 575 acute care beds. Located in downtown Honolulu, Queen’s serves as the major referral center for cancer, heart disease, neuroscience, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine and behavioral health, and has the only organ transplantation program in the State of Hawaii. Queen’s is also the state’s designated trauma center--the first and only Level I trauma center in Hawaii. A major teaching hospital, Queen’s serves as a clinical training site for the residency programs of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The Queen's Medical Center is recognized as:

  • Best Hospital in Honolulu (U.S. News & World Report 2017-18)
  • Level I Trauma Center (American College of Surgeons)
  • Comprehensive Stroke Center (The Joint Commission, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association)
  • Cancer Center accreditation, with commendations (Commission on Cancer)
  • National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program member
  • Breast Center accreditation (National Accreditation Programs of Breast Centers)
  • Blue Distinction Center® for Spine Surgery & Cardiac Care (Blue Cross & Blue Shield Assoc.)
  • Premium® Cardiac Specialty Center (UnitedHealth)
  • Residency Training accreditation (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education)
  • Accredited by The Joint Commission
  • Magnet® Recognition (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Network® affiliation

The Queen’s 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.

Our History

Now known as The Queen’s Medical Center, The Queen’s Hospital was founded in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV in response to the diseases that were decimating the Hawaiian population. Because there was no money in the treasury, both the king and queen personally solicited funds and made their own donations to raise $13,530 to build the hospital. A temporary dispensary was opened in downtown Honolulu in 1859 while the trustees looked for a permanent location. The current 19-acre site at the foot of Punchbowl Crater was chosen, and the new hospital opened its doors in 1860. For over 160 years, Queen’s has introduced major advancements in health care, and has become a part of the cultural fabric of Hawaii.

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