Tripler Medical Center Facts
- Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
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- Phone: (808) 433-6661
Hawaii Tripler Medical Center is the largest military hospital in Asia. It also operates as headquarter of Pacific Regional Medical Center. And it comes under the administration of US Army. It is located in the city of Honolulu in the state of Hawaii. It also has the honor to have the title of being the only United Nations Peace Operations Institute in US. The hospital was built in 1907 as Tripler Army Medical Hospital but the name of the hospital was later changed in honor of Brigadier General Charles Stuart Tripler. The building is divided into smaller buildings specified different duties and departments.
The hospital has massive size and can accommodate large number of patients. During World War II the hospital had 450-bed but it was expanded to accommodate 1000-beds. Interestingly the color of the building is pink. There are different stories about having pink color of the building, some says that it was the choice of General Richardson who commissioned the hospital; infact pink color is very popular in Hawaii and it is favorite color of many people.
There is also a story that when the design of the building was complete, it was time to decide the color of the project and General Anderson looked outside the window at pink color sand and suggested that it should be similar to pink.
The hospital also works with United Nations and offers its services for research, training and education. It also supports universities and researchers in United States working in medical field. It also owns the honor of working as Center of Excellence in Disaster Management Humanitarian Assistance; the hospital works along United Nations and supports it in international operations and projects. Military personnel are also trained at Hawaii Tripler Medical Center as part of peacekeeping operations assigned to work around the world.