The Queen’s Medical Center Becomes a Watson Caring Science Institute Affiliate

Boulder, CO – April 2022 – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce that The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii has been named a National Caring Science Affiliate System of WCSI. The designation recognizes The Queen’s Medical Center’s exemplary integration of Human Caring Theory, and leadership commitment to offering informed Caring Science practices, to their patients, their families, and their system.

Kelly Johnson, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, and CNO said “Queens Medical Center adopted the Theory of Human Caring as the theoretical foundation for the professional nursing practice model decades ago…” She went on to say, “This theory is a beautiful compliment to the Aloha Spirit and the betterment of the world, that is foundational to Hawaiian culture. The journey continues on our Caritas Consciousness Journey through our affiliation with the Watson Caring Science Institute.”

Jean Watson Director and Founder of WCSI said, “Queens Medical Center has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science. We are thrilled to welcome the organization as a National Caring Science System.”

To become a National Caring Science Affiliate System, The Queen’s Medical Center has demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted, and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole-person health and healing for its staff, patients, families, and the surrounding community.

About The Queen’s Medical Center, HI

The Queen’s Medical Center is the largest private hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii, licensed to operate with 575 acute care beds. With 3,600 employees—including 1,160 nurses and over 1,100 physicians on staff—it is also one of Hawaii’s largest employers. Queen’s is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and affiliated with the Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA). The medical center is also approved to participate in residency training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

In 2009, The Queen’s Medical Center achieved Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognition is held by six percent of hospitals in the United States. Queen’s is the first hospital in Hawaii to achieve Magnet status. The Queen’s Medical Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. For more information, visit

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