Tripler Army Medical Center (Tripler) is one of the largest military medical treatment facilities in the Pacific region. Located in central Oahu, in the state of Hawaii, Tripler also manages the Warrior Ohana Medical Facility, located in Kapolei, Hawaii and the Warrior Transition Battalion on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Nearly 400,000 people in the Pacific region are eligible to receive care at Tripler, Regional Health Command-Pacific’s premier teaching medical center. This includes Active-Duty service members from all branches of service, their eligible families, military-eligible retirees and their families, veterans and eligible residents of the surrounding Pacific islands.
Tripler’s service region includes Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Johnston Atoll, Guam, American Samoa and various Pacific Island nations.
Tripler has been healing heroes since before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The origins of Tripler date back to 1907 when several wooden structures at Fort Shafter were used as a hospital. In 1920, the facility was named after Brig. Gen. Charles Stuart Tripler, in honor of his contributions to Army Medicine during the Civil War. At the start of World War II, it was quickly realized that the current hospital was too small, so plans for a new Tripler hospital atop Moanalua ridge were drawn in 1942. Construction was completed in 1948.
Each day Tripler provides 1,970 clinic visits, conducts 3,350 lab procedures, fills 1,800 prescriptions, conducts 565 radiology procedures, treats 135 emergency room patients, cares for 135 inpatients, performs 26 surgical procedures and conducts nine live births.
Tripler is accredited by the Joint Commission and has a staff of 3,851 military, civilian and contractor personnel that are evaluated to ensure that the medical center continues to provide quality and excellence in medical care.
Additionally, Tripler provides graduate medical education for more than 260 personnel each year in 14 different physician training programs and 11 non-physician graduate programs. This equates to supplying approximately 15 percent of all of the Army’s licensed physicians each year.
Tripler also completes multiple Global Health Engagements (GHE) missions throughout the Pacific each year. GHE’s enhance ready and deployable medical forces by placing Soldiers in more austere environments while meeting medical training requirements. These activities also present opportunities for key medical professionals to deploy in support of their operational unit, thereby further developing relationships in times of peace.
• Simulation Center (one of only four to be accredited by both the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the American College of Surgeons Accredited Education Institutes.)
• Unique Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs sharing capability
• Foreign Toxicology Drug Testing Laboratory (Processing more than 65 million specimens monthly)
• Tele-health covering five times zones, including the International Date Line
- Virtual Intensive Care Unit capability
- Inter-disciplinary Pain Management Clinic
- Graduate Health Education program – 260 students covering 25 programs
Tripler has multiple public and private partnerships with the Department of Defense (DOD) Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, the University of Hawaii’s John Burns School of Medicine and the University of Hawaii School of Nursing. Tripler provides medical services to the Hawaii Veterans Affairs hospital. Tripler is also one of two teaching centers with civilian residents appointed and funded by the VA. Sixteen physicians are currently enrolled which is the most in the DOD.
Tripler continues to renovate and upgrade medical facilities and capabilities to provide health care to all eligible beneficiaries. Current ongoing projects include:
- Simulation Center
- Progressive Care Unit
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
- Intensive Care Unit