Vera Zilber Birth Center

The Vera Zilber Birth Center at Castle provides comprehensive LDRP (labor-delivery-recover-postpartum) birthing services to Windward families.

We deliver over 800 babies a year in our beautiful birthing suites which have breathtaking views of the Ko‘olau Range.

Expectant parents have come to rely on the Birth Center at Castle for personalized care, modern comforts, and the convenience of being close to home.

The Birth of the New Birth Center

The renovation of Castle’s Birth Center, now the Vera Zilber Birth Center, is one of the most recent changes at Castle Medical Center.

The Vera Zilber Birth Center project was conceived when Castle President and CEO Kevin Roberts received an unexpected call from the grandfather of a young woman registered to give birth here. Businessman and philanthropist Joe Zilber, who founded the Milwaukee-based Joseph and Vera Zilber Foundation, offered a gift to Castle Medical Center in honor of his late wife, Vera Zilber. The generous gift quickly led to a request for architectural plans for the new Birth Center. Similar to a process we’re all very familiar with—pregnancy—the planning and construction itself took approximately nine months.

In December of 2008, the Vera Zilber Birth Center was complete, with a new secure entrance for the safety of our families. For the comfort of our visitors, there’s a contemporary reception area for anticipating families and four new birthing rooms equipped with deep Jacuzzi tubs for laboring moms. In addition to mommy’s comfort, each new room has a convertible bed for the weary, supportive new daddy to rest.

To add to Mr. Zilber’s gift, the late Dr. Eleanor Crim, Castle’s obstetrician and gynecologist and former chief of staff, generously bequeathed a significant gift for the continued improvement of the Birth Center. Dr. Crim devoted most of her life to obstetrics, and she continued her dedication to Castle Medical Center well into her retirement. Today, the Eleanor Crim Nursery memorializes her dedication and generosity.

We are grateful to the Joseph and Vera Zilber Foundation and Dr. Eleanor Crim for their thoughtful generosity. We thank you, our gracious community for allowing us the privilege to serve you in this most precious time of life.

For more information, please call the Vera Zilber Birth Center at (808) 263‑5270.

To learn about birthing classes, infant care classes, or tours of the Birth Center, please call the Call Center at (808) 263‑5400.

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Opening of Vera Zilber Birth Center,
Governor Lingle Keynote Speaker

Monday, December 15, 2008

After months of construction and renovation, Castle Medical Center celebrated the completion of this six-month project with a special ceremonial blessing of the Vera Zilber Birth Center, held on Monday, December 15. Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle was the keynote speaker at the event.

Joseph Zilber with Governor Lingle

At the opening are philanthropist Joseph Zilber
of Milwaukee with Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle.

In the past, Castle Medical Center’s Birth Center averaged 500 births annually, but now averages 70 births per month and more than 800 a year. From 2004 to 2007, the number of births at Castle increased by about 15% per year.

In 2007, Castle Medical Center received generous gifts from the Milwaukee-based Joseph and Vera Zilber Family Foundation and from the late Eleanor Crim, M.D., Kailua obstetrician/gynecologist and former Castle chief of staff, for the purpose of renovating its Birth Center. Castle then took the opportunity to combine these gifts with other funds raised at its “Chip In for Castle” Golf Tournament to use on the project. The project’s total cost was $1.2 million.

For patients, features of the new Vera Zilber Birth Center and Eleanor Crim Nursery include:

  • A beautiful new and secure entrance
  • Four brand new large rooms, for a total of ten rooms, for mothers to labor, deliver, and recover in, eliminating the need for transfers
  • New rooms that accommodate mother and baby and that have a nice wide bed for father to spend the night
  • Castle’s signature Jacuzzi tubs, now standard in every room, to keep mothers comfortable during labor
  • A private waiting area with TV for expecting families and guests.

And for staff:

  • A new secure medication room for the nurses
  • A beautiful new nurses station for improved work-flow.

These changes will help to promote the quality, safety, and comfort in our Birth Center for both patients and staff.

Birth Center staff at opening

Dr. Susan Chapman (left), chair of Castle’s Ob/Gyn/Peds Department
and Tina Johnson (center), director of the Birth Center,
pose at the opening with members of the Birth Center staff.