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Hospitals in Kauai

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Hospitals in Kauai

We are planning a trip to Kauai for 6 days and I'm currently pregnant (5mo's). Just planning ahead, can anyone tell me about the local hospital in Kauai? Where it's located? The size, etc. I have no restrictions and can travel but just trying to prepared "in case".

Thanks!

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1. Re: Hospitals in Kauai

There are three that I'm aware of. The main hospital is in Lihue. The Wilcox Memorial Hospital: http://www.wilcoxhealth.org/

There is also a small hospital on the west side in Waimea. The only time I had to take one of my children to the emergency room was there. http://www.kvmh.hhsc.org/

And there is one in Kapaa. http://www.smmh.hhsc.org/

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2. Re: Hospitals in Kauai

The largest is Wilcox. Rated one of the best smaller hospitals in the country. My understanding is it ranks pretty high up the scale for hospitals of it's size.

It's in Lihue, near the airport and Walmart. It's about a half mile north of the Walmart, on the same side of the street (main highway 50/56). Another point of reference -- the exit road from the airport is Ahukini Road. Ahukini road deadends at the main highway. Turn right at the dead end. You'll pass Walmart on your right. No more than 1 mile up the road, on your right.

Where are you staying? I believe there are some other smaller emergency clinics that others can fill you in on.

Edited: 1:44 pm, May 16, 2011
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Aloha from Kaua'i!

"Martik" is right - the "main" hospital is in Lihu'e - Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

However, there are two smaller ones - the Kaua'i Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waimea (which I highly recommend if you have to go to the emergency room for something not life threatening - great staff and friendly!!).

Also Mahelona Hospital mauka in Kapa'a (inland) - they are known for having a long term care facility and they also have a 24 hour emergency room.

If you don't need an "emergency room" - there are Medical Clinics all over the island - the one here in the Koloa/Po'ipu area is in Old Koloa town and the doctor there is my "family doc" - Dr. Michael Murray - they have walk-ins all day everyday until 3pm - if it isn't an emergency, I'd recommend going to one of these.

Also in Kalaheo, Ele'ele, Kapa'a, Kilauea - I'm sure there must be one farther North as well, but can't remember.

These are all walk-in clinics as well.

Malama Pono,

Janet

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The west side hospital was fabulous when I had to take my son there in 2000. My husband also ended up in the emergency room there this last March and there was no wait and the staff was excellent. We usually stay in Poipu so if we need to go, we will drive to the west side. Janet, thanks for mentioning the clinics, I forgot about those.

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Although Wilcox Hospital delivers babies it's not equipped to handle complicated obstetrical situations. It's part of a telemedicine network that enables it to communicate with an obstetrical center on Oahu, Kapi'olani Women and Children's Hospital, but as far as I know the capabilities are limited to diagnostic services.

Complicated emergencies and treatment needs (of all kinds) are handled by airlifting patients to hospitals on Oahu.

Wilcox was rated one of the "top 100 rural hospitals in the country."

But it is just that---a "rural hospital." Good at what it does, to be sure, but very limited.

BTW, I'm on the receiving end of many patients from Kauai. They truly love their little hospital and really don't want to come to Oahu but the care they need is simply not available at Wilcox.

Edited: 1:57 pm, May 16, 2011
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Just to put KailuaMama's comment into perspective, they can and do deliver by C-section at Wilcox. I know somebody who had a complication during a regular birth and they did the C-section right there.

So, yes, for complicated premie care, Oahu is the place, but Wilcox does routine surgery on-island.

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The rate of c-section deliveries in the US is over 30% so c-sections are considered very commonplace obstetrical procedures and are done at all hospitals that deliver babies, including Wilcox. Unforeseen complications do happen, as KauaiHiker noted, and they often happen very quickly. Time is of the essence and having to ship the Mom to another island for the procedure would often not be feasible.

Kapi'olani on Oahu gets the distressed newborn. If Mom is in trouble after delivery, however, she will go elsewhere, most likely Queens. And if Mom is in trouble, pre-delivery, and delivery is not imminent, she will also often get airlifted to Queens. One of the rooms in the ICU at Queens has a fetal monitor hookup that connects it to a monitor in the labor unit so both Mom and baby are watched very closely. The ICU nurses take care of the Mom while the labor and delivery specialists keep an eye on the unborn baby.

I know, probably TMI, but just some info for expectant folks who may be traveling to the islands.

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We just got back from Kauai 5/14/11. My DH was transported by ambulance the first week of 5/11 to Wilcox. He received excellent care and the staff was very compassionate. The drs talked to me several times. He seems to be fine now//it was some issues that we had never addressed before and was pretty scary.

Wilcox gets a 10 from me and DH. I intend to email them with my check/lol and thanks.!!!

The staff even called the next day to check on him.

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9. Re: Hospitals in Kauai

As a pregnant traveler, it is a good idea to get/bring a copy of your paperwork - all your prenatal care . . . then you have the latest data if an issue did pop up, though that is unlikely. Have a great trip! :)

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Something tells me your a first time mother!