The Queen's Medical Center—West O’ahu
Physicians Have Personal Visions for West O'ahu Community
Urologist David Wei, MD, is a man with vision. For years, he’s wanted to offer “all encompassing urologic care” to every O‘ahu resident living west of Halawa Valley. Similarly, for Orthopedist Jason Kaneshige, MD, who was born and raised in Waipahu, it was always his intention to come back to his community to serve their medical needs. In the spring of 2014, both physicians will realize their visions with the opening of The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu. Their commitment to West O‘ahu and its surrounding communities are typical of the core group of some 70 private practice, contracted, and employed physicians—both primary care and specialists—who will offer their services.
“Just like the downtown campus, we will have private practice, contracted, and employed physicians,” says Whitney Limm, MD, Queen’s Vice President of Clinical Integration. He anticipates that the mix will be about 60% private practice, 30% contracted, and 10% employed. “Included in this group are private practice primary care physicians. They will be sending their patients to our hospital, and we want to make sure we meet their expectations.” Many more than the 70 core physicians will also practice at QMC – West O‘ahu.
“Our intent is to have [the hospital] fully prepared as if it will be filled on opening day,” continued Dr. Limm. The West Physician Implementation Council (WPIC) was formed with a variety of specialists to be a preliminary physician leadership group for the services that will be provided at QMC – West O‘ahu. Each specialty presents its vision for West O‘ahu twice a month, he explained, so other specialties are able to react or give input. Through this process, the opening of QMC – West O‘ahu can be approached in a proactive, multidisciplinary fashion. Specialties will include emergency, hospitalists, general surgeons, urology, psychiatry, anesthesia, radiology ophthalmology, internal medicine, orthopedics, gastroenterology, and cardiology. There are plans to add additional specialties.
“We’re going to have physicians who previously practiced there and who never practiced there,” said Dr. Limm. Drs. Wei and Kaneshige represent two such doctors, respectively. “In the past, one-stop care for all urological needs and timely treatment for urological emergencies could not be offered because of inadequate operating room equipment, manpower shortage, and insufficient ancillary support,” says Dr. Wei of his all-encompassing urological care vision, “but now, with the new QMC – West O‘ahu, such a vision can finally become a reality.”
In private practice for 12 years, Dr. Wei served as Chief of Urology for Hawai‘i Medical Center before it closed. After earning his medical degree at USC Medical School, he did his residency at the University of Miami. He completed a Genitourinary Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before working at Straub Clinic and Hospital in 2001. He also became a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai‘i and taught a urology residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. In 2004, Dr. Wei opened an office at St. Francis – West Campus, then a second office in POB III in 2006. His first administrative position was serving as Chief of Urology for HMC.
With a current practice of over 5,000 patient visits a year, Dr. Wei specializes in robotic prostatectomies, open/laparoscopic genitourinary cancer surgery, and treatment for advanced stage prostate cancer.
Dr. Kaneshige belongs to a group of three orthopedists, who, as a group, treat every type of orthopedic condition except the spine. Dr. Kaneshige earned his medical degree at the University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine and did his orthopedics fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Partner Lorrin Lee, MD is also a fellowship-trained orthopedist; his other partner, Alexander Garber, specializes in sports medicine, shoulders, and elbows. “It was always my intention to come back to my community,” says Dr. Kaneshige, who says he is ready to commit to all West O‘ahu calls if needed. “I’m excited—it’s a big opportunity and a big need to fill the orthopedic needs of West O‘ahu.”