HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Queen's Medical Center announced Tuesday that it has initiated steps to start an organ transplantation program.
The news comes after the Hawaii Medical Center announced on Dec. 16 that it would be shutting down its two hospitals.
"The organ transplantation program, which was established by St. Francis Medical Center over four decades ago and is now operated by the Hawaii Medical Center, is a major and unique community asset," Queen's Medical Center President Art Ushijima said. "It is the only program of its kind in the state. Without it, hundreds of Hawaii residents will need to seek this service on the mainland. Queen's is very mindful of its importance and has taken steps to continue this vital program for the people of Hawaii."
Queen's is looking to hire an organ transplant staff and is currently in the process of submitting an application to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
This process could take up to several months, however, Queen's is requesting an expedited review and approval of its application to minimize the potential of any patients having to travel to the mainland.