Pali Momi Medical Center Opens New Transitional Care Unit


Pali Momi Medical Center recently opened a new Transitional Care Unit to serve patients as they transition to another level of care or prepare to return home after a stay in the hospital.

“This new unit is a significant step toward helping to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the hospital and the chances of them being readmitted, which are challenges that hospitals statewide are tackling,” said Pali Momi CEO Jen Chahanovich. “Individualized patient care coordinated by our team of professionals within this unit will ensure our patients receive the appropriate treatment and support to successfully manage their condition.”

The unit will also enhance the overall experience for patients at Pali Momi by opening up bed space and making patient pick-up more convenient. The 4,000-square-foot addition is located within walking distance of the patient drop-off area fronting Moanalua Road. It includes 10 fully-equipped private bays, a central nursing station, restrooms and a break room for staff. The unit will serve patients who are on observation status, holding for an inpatient bed or ready for discharge.

As Pali Momi looks toward celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014, it is in the midst of a number of facility upgrades. The new unit, which adds 10 new beds to the facility for a total of 138 beds, is located on the second floor in an area previously occupied by the Women’s Center and a portion of the guest registration area. The Women’s Center relocated last year to a space quadruple the size in the Pali Momi Medical Pavilion, a new outpatient medical clinic for Central and West Oahu located at the site of the former Inspiration Furniture store in Aiea.

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