The boards of trustees of Kapiolani Health Care System and the Queen's Health System, both based in Honolulu, have agreed to study "potential areas of collaboration."
Executives of both systems said they want to determine whether some form of shared system would improve both organizations' quality of services and help broaden community access as well as devise ways in which to better control healthcare costs. Neither health system would say whether a full merger is being explored.
Kapiolani Health Care is the parent company of 240-bed Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, 116-bed Kapiolani Medical Center at Pali Momi (Hawaii) and various other healthcare-related businesses. Queen's Health System, the Aloha State's largest private healthcare company, operates the state's largest private hospital, 566-bed Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, as well as 14 other subsidiaries.