A full-service medical center offering a wide range of inpatient, outpatient, and home-based services, Castle Medical Center is a 160-bed facility with over 1,000 employees and staffed by more than 300 physicians. Located just outside of Kailua, Castle serves all of O'ahu and is the primary health care facility for the Windward side of the island. The hospital is owned and operated by Adventist Health, a Seventh-day Adventist health care system.More than 300 physicians have chosen to affiliate with Castle Medical Center, which offers the full range of medical and surgical care. Our hospital's mission—Caring for our community... Sharing God's love—is combined with an emphasis on technology and quality. We are continually developing therapies and new technologies and incorporating advancements in surgery to improve the results of our patient care. Innovations in imaging and scanning technology have allowed us to provide our patients with the best treatments and care available.Though medicine has seen many changes since the hospital was founded, Castle Medical Center has never lost sight of the human side of health care. Today, Castle’s commitment to providing innovative health care is still coupled with concern for each patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Since Castle first opened its doors in 1963, the hospital’s primary mission has been to meet the needs of the community. Fifty years ago, Windward residents welcomed their new hospital with sighs of relief. Finally, care was available close to home.
For years, Windward residents had contended with part-time ambulance service and unpredictable trips over the old Pali Road. In an emergency—when immediate medical care was critical—residents prayed that rockslides and sudden downpours wouldn’t slow their journey.
A small community group, long aware of these problems, launched a campaign in 1953 to establish a hospital in Windward O‘ahu. The late Robert Chung, M.D., and Ms. Carolyn Rankin were the hospital’s major proponents, and numerous fundraisers built financial and community support for the project.
The campaign continued to gain momentum. A series of articles in The Honolulu Advertiser documented the seven-year struggle for a Windward hospital. Castle Ranch donated ten acres of land as a site for the facility. The Seventh-day Adventist Church offered $600,000 towards construction, and $170,000 was raised through community contributions.
Though the Governor’s Hospital Advisory Council and the 30th Territorial Legislature backed the project, the state Board of Health refused to designate Windward O‘ahu as a separate hospital zone. As a result, federal funds for construction were stalled.
Not long after, two separate incidents further emphasized the need for a community hospital. Five men were injured when a roof collapsed at the nearly completed Cornet Store in Kailua. The next month, a two-year-old Kailua girl choked to death on a pill. Doctors in Honolulu felt her life might have been saved if a hospital operating room had been close to home.
The following month, the state Board of Health approved the proposed hospital, and federal funds were made available.
The $2 million facility opened January 16, 1963, a little more than a year after ground was broken. Castle Memorial Hospital, named after Harold K.L. Castle who donated the land, opened with 72 beds and 14 bassinets. In 1983, the hospital changed its name to Castle Medical Center to reflect the growth into outpatient services and programs.