The Queen’s Health Systems is opening a health center in Kahala as part of its strategy to increase outpatient services and decrease escalating emergency room visits for non-urgent conditions.
The two-story center at 1215 Hunakai St. near Kahala Mall will include primary care, urgent care, imaging and physical therapy in a 10,000-square-foot building, opening in the summer.
“Queen’s has made a commitment to provide high quality and accessible care to all of the people of Hawaii where they live and work, and our team looks forward to servicing our East Honolulu communities in the very near future,” Bernadette Merlino, vice president of Queen’s ambulatory services, said in a news release.
Queen’s Island Urgent Care for walk-in patients will be part of the health center, restoring urgent care services in the community after the closing of Island Urgent Care in August 2018, after more than 12 years in Kahala.
Island Urgent Care shut down because of a 300 percent rent hike and a requirement to pay 8 percent of sales following the redevelopment of Kahala Square, Dr. Robert Ruggieri, the clinic’s president, said at the time.
Queen’s announced in October that it was acquiring Island Urgent Care, including four walk-in clinics in Kapahulu, Pearl Kai, Kakaako and Hawaii Kai.
The new entity, Queen’s Island Urgent Care, is slated to begin operations in January.
Meanwhile, the health care provider is expanding to West Oahu, with the opening a 15,000-square-foot family health center at 91-6390 Kapolei Parkway in the Ocean Pointe subdivision. The facility, which will be staffed with nine providers and 30 employees, will provide primary care, urgent care and lab services starting in the summer.