Quality of Care at Kapiolani

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is well-recognized as Hawaii’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. It is Hawaii’s only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It is also a tertiary care, medical teaching and research facility for more than 100 years.

Specialty services for patients throughout Hawaii and the Pacific region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, critical care air transport, maternal fetal medicine and high-risk perinatal care.

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  • Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is the only full-service children’s specialty hospital in Hawaii.
  • More than 1,600 employees and 655 physicians provide specialty care at Kapiolani.
  • Kapiolani is home to the state’s only dedicated breast health and gynecological cancer centers.
  • Kapiolani was the first in the state to establish an Imaging Center of Excellence, providing a unique model of care with radiologists on site.
  • The medical center serves as Hawaii’s only dedicated bone marrow collection and transplant site for children, with an average of 95% of pediatric patients on clinical trials. Kapiolani cares for approximately 60 newly diagnosed patients and 150 patients in active treatment annually.
  • More than 6,200 babies are delivered at Kapiolani every year.
  • Kapiolani is home of the state’s largest and most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for more than 1,000 infants a year.
  • Completed in 2016, the Diamond Head Tower offers 200,000 square feet of state-of-the-art technology and spacious rooms that allow for family-centered care.
  • Kapiolani’s Child Life Services encompasses three areas:
  • Child Life Specialists, who manage the play therapy program and the Playroom, a dedicated space where pediatric patients can play in a safe haven and forget about being hospitalized.
  • Education Liaison Tutoring Program, which connects patients to school and helps them keep up with their assignments.
  • Integrated Services, which offers natural and holistic therapies such as aromatherapy and infant massage.
  • The team at Kapiolani has assisted in training many of Hawaii’s pediatric, obstetric and gynecologic doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Awards & Affiliations

  • Kapiolani is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit organization that certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States.
  • Kapiolani is the only hospital in Hawaii and one of approximately 50 nationwide to earn Level 1 Children's Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons. 
  • Committed to excellence, Kapiolani falls within the top tier of hospitals nationwide for positive patient experience, notably ranking:
  • In the top 5% in the country for pediatric patient experience.
  • In the top 10% in the country for adult patient experience.
  • Kapiolani is ranked “excellent” by U.S. News & World Report for protecting our most vulnerable babies from infections in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Each year since 2018, Kapiolani has been named among the top-ranked hospitals for positive patient outcomes following surgery.
  • The medical center serves as a major teaching hospital for the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine's Pediatric and OB-GYN programs.
  • Kapiolani is a member of the NCI-Sponsored Children’s Cancer Group.
  • Kapiolani holds The Joint Commission Advanced Palliative Care Certification.
  • Its Adult and Pediatric Cancer Program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
  • Kapiolani is a partner with the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry (HBMDR) to offer the only peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) and marrow collection program in Hawaii.
  • Since 1984, Kapiolani has served as Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital.
  • Kapiolani is a participant in the adult and pediatric National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP).
  • It is a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (SPS) Network.
  • Kapiolani received the 2021 Women's Choice Award for Best Hospitals in Best Mammogram Imaging Center.
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