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The Queen's Medical Center has opened the doors to its new, comprehensive Women's Health Center. For guests, the experience of coming to the Women's Health Center may make them forget they're at a hospital. A valet will take care of guests' cars at the hotel-style porte cochere. From there, they'll enter the newly renovated lobby, complete with its stylish coffee bar and gift shop; the entrance to the Women's Health Center is just to the left of the reception desk. Inside the Women's Health Center, you'll find a warm, intimate atmosphere with wood floors, incandescent lighting, floral motifs-and a concierge who will take care of your every need.

Offering a complete range of diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services tailored just for women, the Women's Health Center at Queen's is a convenient, friendly and inviting focal point where women can connect to the complete spectrum of care at Queen's.

Features of the Women's Health Center include:
*Diagnostic services-mammography, ultrasound, bone density testing and stereotactic biopsy.
*A medical director specializing in women's health.
*Access to physicians and medical experts in virtually every specialty.
*A navigator program for breast cancer patients.
*Osteoporosis evaluation and treatment.
*Physical therapy specializing in pregnancy and postpartum, lymphedema, osteoporosis and pelvic pain.
*Menopause consultation.
*Genetic counseling.
*Education, wellness and exercise classes.
*Support groups and counseling services.
*Massage and Healing Touch.
*Lifestyle coaching.

Whether you come for a mammogram or a massage, Queen's friendly staff is committed to make your experience both pleasant and seamless. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Women's Health Center at 808.691.5330.

The Queen's Medical Center now has two operating rooms specially designed for minimally invasive surgery. They are among the most advanced in the U.S. Kenric Murayama, MD, FACS, recently showcased the technology laden ORs, and demonstrated a new skills lab created to train laparoscopic surgeons. After developing and directing a highly successful minimally invasive surgery program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Dr. Murayama returned to Hawai’i to become director of QMC's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and of the Comprehensive Weight Management Program. He is also Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair for Clinical and Hospital Affairs and Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

Queen's surgeons already perform a wide range of minimally invasive procedures, but Dr. Murayama is here to build nothing short of a premier program. Advantages of the technique are smaller incisions, better cosmetics, quicker recovery and decreased wound complications. Requiring different skills than traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgeons insert a thin, lighted viewing lens (laparoscope) into the body to manipulate surgical instruments via a monitor in the operating room.

New, flat screen monitors-placed conveniently on booms-are one of the most notable features of the new operating rooms. Surgeons can also view digital x-rays—instead of films—on the monitors, or on a flat panel display on the wall. Other advantages are evident by their absence. For example, gone are equipment cords and bulky equipment.

The new Skills Lab was built to allow Queen's to become a teaching and training center via telemedicine. At the Skills Lab are monitors which can view a surgery in progress. An observer can zoom in anywhere in the OR during a procedure with razor sharp resolution, and two way telestration is available, allowing both surgeon and trainee to communicate by "drawing" on the screen. Residents can also practice manipulating and cutting inanimate objects with laparoscopic equipment.

Queen's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery offers general and many specialized surgeries, including bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery) under Queen's Comprehensive Weight Management Program. As the field expands, Queen's is equipped to apply advanced techniques, and to offer increasingly advanced procedures to the community.

The Queen's Medical Center has been awarded the JCAHO Stroke Center Designation, indicating the highest quality standard for stroke treatment. There are currently less than 20 designated programs in the United States. The special certification was established by JCAHO last December. Queen's has become the first such center in Hawai’i.

Similar to the most highly respected and advanced institutions in the country, the Queen's Stroke Center is a comprehensive treatment center that has all of the elements of the stroke "chain of survival." An Acute Stroke Team provides rapid evaluation-and most importantly-mobilizes and integrates an entire team of nurses, radiology technologists, laboratory technicians, nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, social workers, case managers, neuropsychologists and physicians.

Rapid evaluation is essential to give the only FDA-approved treatment for stroke, which is intravenous t-PA. Queen's is the only hospital in Hawai’i that allows opportunity for patients to participate in advanced treatments still undergoing national and international study.

Other features unavailable elsewhere in Hawai’i and offered by the Queen's Stroke Center include:
A stroke code team for fast assessment via physical exam, labs and CT scanning.
A dedicated unit for stroke treatment.
A "Get with the Guidelines-Stroke" (American Heart Institute) program to prevent a second stroke.

If you or someone else experiences one or more of the symptoms of stroke, call 911. (The symptoms are: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; or the worst headache of your life.) For more information, please call the Neuroscience Institute at 808.537.7152.

"Change is inevitable. Ugliness is not." That's the motto of Scenic America, a non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding America's national beauty and community character. Remarkable change has come to The Queen's Medical Center campus over the past several years, and the transformation from parking lot to rolling green has been noticed. Scenic Hawai’i has just named The Queen's Medical Center as the Betty Crocker Landscape and Garden Award winner in its professional division for its sweeping new landscaping.

The awards are named after the late Betty Crocker, not of cookbook fame, but a real Hawai’i resident who was dedicated to keeping Hawai’i green. The Queen's Medical Center lies within the Capitol Corridor, which encompasses the view plane to the Hawai’i State Capitol. By law, the designation requires Queen's to keep 40 percent of its property green. The challenge was to be in harmony with the landscaping of nearby properties, create a healing environment and reflect a Hawaiian sense of place. A berm surrounds the campus like a flowing lei.

Queen Emma, one of Queen's founders, and Dr. William Hillebrand, the hospital's first physician and renowned botanist, took great pains in the 1850s to transform the then dusty, barren plot of land into a healing oasis. D.Mark Gwinner, manager of Landscape Design & Development at Queen's, sees Emma as a visionary. "Her perspective on health care-that people need a nurturing environment to heal-is so enduring," he says.

Many trees on the grounds of The Queen's Medical Center are designated as Exceptional Trees (those with historic or cultural value). Some are as old as the hospital itself, planted with seeds Dr. Hillebrand collected in India or other places across the globe. Many trees on the grounds of The Queen's Medical Center are designated as Exceptional Trees (those with historic or cultural value). Some are as old as the hospital itself, planted with seeds Dr. Hillebrand collected in India or other places across the globe.

"I drive by Queen's everyday," says Mike Leidemann of Scenic Hawai’i. "We're very thrilled with the property. Scenic Hawai’i is happy to have developed a small way to reward and recognize [exceptional landscaping]."

The Queen's Medical Center's Labor and Delivery Department is addressing the nursing shortage by conducting a new course in the specialty, taught by it's own experienced nurses. Lately, more expectant mothers have been choosing Queen's award winning facilities and services, and more nurses were needed. L&D is poised to graduate three additional nurses. Other hospitals have similar L&D training programs.

"The L&D course is a proactive initiative to address the anticipated shortage of nurses in specialty areas," says Cyndi Kitkowski, RN, a clinical educator from Queen's Nursing Education who coordinated and helped teach the course. Cyndi points out that other specialty disciplines at Queen's, such as the OR and ICUs, already have training courses. L&D turned to their national organization, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, for help with the curriculum. With Cyndi at the helm, L&D RNs Katie Barbietto, Kuuipo Chai, Sandy Conley, Susan Ellis, Kandi Rothbaum and Barbara Wildern-all very experienced L&D nurses-pitched in to teach.

The result is a comprehensive course with rigorous classroom work and hands on experience with L&D nurse preceptors on the unit. Combined with a search for applicants who exhibited "intellectual humility and enthusiasm" and who "take responsibility for learning," Queen's new L&D course has attracted fresh new faces who are becoming the next generation of exemplary, well-trained L&D nurses—ones who make the birthing experience at The Queen's Medical Center both exceptional and safe.

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