Wilcox Emergency Department Blessing

State and county leaders joined Wilcox Medical Center staff and community members to celebrate the blessing of the facility’s new Emergency Department (ED) in May 2022. It’s the first time the ED has been completely renovated and updated since it opened in 1995.

The new space features two trauma resuscitation suites with more space for the latest technology and trauma teams. Several specialized care rooms include negative pressure rooms for infectious disease cases, and new pediatric and OB-GYN rooms with specially designed equipment.

Wilcox is Kauai’s only Level III Trauma Center and the first in Hawaii to be verified by the American College of Surgeons.

“We know how devastating a trauma incident can be, especially for our small community,” said Jen Chahanovich, president and CEO of Wilcox Health. “Most of these medical emergencies involve multiple patients who need care simultaneously. We know that investing in these state-of-the-art trauma suites will continue to elevate the emergency care for the people on Kauai.”

Renovations began in October 2020 and Wilcox's ED remained open at all times throughout the construction.