Hawaii hospital temporarily closes ED

Wahiawa (Hawaii) General Hospital has temporarily closed its emergency department, effective March 18, due to heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues.

The nonprofit hospital has previously dealt with issues related to its HVAC system in other areas of the facility, which led to the closure of its intensive care unit and more recently the temporary closure of its inpatient unit, according to a March 15 WGH news release. 

Other problems "relating to the aging plant and facility" were also mentioned as ongoing challenges for the hospital. 

The ED closure will allow WGH to fix its HVAC system, with a work completion timeline unclear.

"We are confident that through our collective efforts, emergency department services will soon be restored to the communities of Central O'ahu and the North Shore," Brian Cunningham, CEO of Wahiawa General Hospital, said in the release.

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