This year, REHAB celebrates 60 years of serving Hawaii and the people of the Pacific. From the beginning, the community has been pivotal in REHAB’s success. When REHAB first opened, it was housed in the back of Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital in two Quonset Huts. In 1953, it was merely considered a department within Children’s Hospital. The staff could only treat 18 inpatients at any given time.
Within a couple of years, the urgency for rehabilitation services in Hawaii was apparent. REHAB needed more space to accommodate the increasing demand in the community. Children’s Hospital agreed to start construction on a new building geared for rehabilitation. To start the build out, Children’s Hospital matched $150,000 contributed by U.S. Public Health Service and the Ford Foundation. The Junior League of Honolulu generously paid the remaining $355,000 in costs.
The result; a new two-story building with a gymnasium large enough for patients to play volleyball and a beautifully tiled pool with a state of the art retractable roof. A kitchen was specially built on two-levels, one for standing patients and the other for those in wheelchairs, along with a smaller clinic and administrative offices. A true place of healing.
Today, the first floor houses our Nuuanu Outpatient Clinic and the second is the Hawaii Wing of our inpatient hospital. The pool is still there and remains one of the nicest heated therapy pools in the state with its (still) retractable roof. As you can see, REHAB has really grown in the past 60 years. We now treat over 5,500 patients each year in our inpatient hospital and three outpatient clinics.
Even amidst all of the renovations at the hospital and changes in healthcare, one thing remains the same, our mission. We strive to get all of our patients back home and functioning as independently as possible. This would not be possible without the help of generous donors like yourself. Thank you for supporting REHAB throughout the past 60 years and all the years to come.