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Our History

The Queen’s Hospital, now called The Queen’s Medical Center, was founded in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV.

In King Kamehameha IV’s initial speech to the legislature in 1854, the King voiced his desire to create a hospital for the people of Hawaii. At that time, the continued existence of the Hawaiian race was seriously threatened by the influx of disease brought to the islands by foreign visitors. Queen Emma enthusiastically supported the dream of a hospital, and the two campaigned tirelessly to make it a reality. They personally went door-to-door soliciting the necessary funding. The royal couple exceeded their goal in just over a month, raising $13,530. In turn, the Legislature appropriated $6,000.

Through six generations, The Queen’s Medical Center has become a major provider of health care to the people of our State and a part of the cultural fabric of Hawaii.

Our 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.

Company Overview

The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC), located in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, is a private, non-profit, acute care medical facility and the largest private hospital in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin.

Established in 1859, QMC is the only hospital in the nation today with royal founders, Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. Today, over 150 years later, QMC is licensed for 505 acute care beds and 28 sub-acute beds.

As the leading medical referral center in Hawaii and the Pacific Basin, QMC is widely known for its programs in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine and trauma, behavioral medicine, and women’s health. It offers a comprehensive range of specialties, including gastroenterology, genetics, geriatrics, gynecology, neonatology, obstetrics, pulmonology, and radiology. QMC serves as the primary teaching hospital for most of the residency programs sponsored by the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.

In 2009, QMC achieved Magnet® status – the highest institutional honor for hospital excellence – from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognition is held by six percent of hospitals in the United States. QMC is the first and only hospital in Hawaii to achieve Magnet status.

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