By Erica Barry
HNN Summer Intern
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two years after construction began, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children celebrated the opening of its new Diamond Head Tower on Thursday.
The tower adds 200,000 square feet to the hospital, and features state-of-the-art pediatric and newborn intensive care units.
It's also equipped with the latest wireless communication and patient monitoring systems.
But Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani, said patients and their families will most likely notice that the new tower stresses comfort.
Both the pediatric and neonatal units now feature private rooms, "so our parents and our families can stay and help take care of their children," she said.
The new features are aimed at helping the hospital fulfill its mission of caring for Hawaii's women and children.
"Research shows that children heal better, faster, when they have a loved one staying with them," Smith said.
The tower is part of a three-phase construction project, which also includes a new emergency room and another patient tower.
"We want everyone to know how important this hospital is to our community. You really don't know it until you have an experience here," Smith said.
They hope to complete the entire project by 2025.