For the more than 71,000 residents on Kauai, Wilcox Medical Center is the only Level III Trauma Center.

Wilcox was designated as the first neighbor island to achieve this trauma status and also serves as Kaua‘i’s Primary Stroke Center. For these reasons and many more, the hospital is seeking support to expand and upgrade its emergency department facilities.

Community funding would help to create dedicated resuscitation trauma bays and renovate the current space to enhance the workflow.

Here are some of the needed changes that make up this project. 

  • Adding two new trauma resuscitation suites are necessary to take the place of standard emergency rooms.
  • The new trauma bays need to be outfitted with x-ray imaging, to provide space for all trauma staff, and in room access to all trauma supplies and medicine.
  • The Wilcox Emergency Department triage room needs improved access and patient privacy.
  • Improve floor plan between nursing observation stations and emergency rooms.

Wilcox averages 24,311 emergency visits each year and over 400 trauma activations through its emergency department. The medical center also serves the growing population with four birthing suites and at the most critical of times can treat patients with seven intensive care beds.

Founded in 1938 on a $200,000 gift from the G.N. Wilcox Trust, Wilcox Medical Center has been the health care provider and leader for generations of families on Kaua‘i. Seeking support for the Emergency Department ensures that the care island residents have come to expect will be there for the next generation.

To find out more on what this fundraising effort involves and how you can help contact Andy Bestwick at 808-245-1157 or