News & Current Events
David Underriner has been named executive vice president of Oahu operations for Hawaii Pacific Health, serving as chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Health’s three medical centers on Oahu – Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center. Underriner has extensive experience in the health care industry, with more than 35 years serving in various administrative and executive leadership roles in Hawaii and Oregon.
Hawaii Pacific Health and North Kansas City Hospital Healthcare Workers Help Deliver Baby on Flight to Hawaii
Hawaii Pacific Health Family Medicine Physician Dr. Dale Glenn and North Kansas City Hospital NICU Nurses Lani Bamfield, Amanda Beeding and Mimi Ho helped deliver a premature baby and provide care for mom and baby on a Delta Airlines flight from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Honolulu. Mom and baby were immediately taken to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and doing well.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children's new Chief Canine Officer Ruby is a two-year-old Labrador Retriever who serves as a full-time Hospital Facility Dog for the medical center. Trained and donated by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, Ruby works with pediatric patients, families and staff at the medical center.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and the Hawaii Nurses Association (HNA) reached a tentative agreement last night on a new three-year contract that covers approximately 725 nurses at Kapiolani. Nurses will vote on whether to ratify the tentative agreement on January 20-21, 2021.
Hawaii Pacific Health has been named a trusted testing partner for the State of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program and will now be providing COVID-19 travel screenings for interisland travel in partnership with Clinical Labs of Hawaii at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children on Oahu and Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai, with more sites to be available soon, including Clinical Labs of Hawaii locations statewide.
A record $427,575 in donations for the 2020 Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids showed how much the community is pulling closer together this year to support Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Held virtually for the first time in the event's 14-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event included one of the largest participant pools ever with the commitment of iHeartRadio, KSSK 92.3 radio personalities, sponsors, online phone bank teams, Kapiolani patient families and staff members taking donor calls.
The Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 Employer Hotline is available to provide employers and business owners with access to physician experts for guidance on handling COVID-19 workplace exposures. It is a resource for Hawaii employers who have questions about how to manage workplace situations related to COVID-19, including what to do if an employee tests positive and how to manage exposures in the workplace.
Haumea Friel, a 5-year-old Kapiolani patient, will share her message of courage and strength as the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Friel was introduced as Hawaii's Champion in front of hundreds of supporters from across the state at the inaugural CMN Partner Celebration.
Hawaii Pacific Health is now accepting applications for its 2020 Health Careers Summer Internship program. This unique paid internship program offers students a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the health care industry, learn more about general operations within a hospital system and explore a variety of different health care professions. The six-week paid internship program runs June 22-July 31, 2020, on Oahu and June 15-July 24, 2020, on Kauai. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 6, 2020.
Hawaii Pacific Health has once again been named a recipient of the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement by organizations who have utilized health information technology, process improvement and organizational culture to substantially improve clinical outcomes and drive operational and financial value. HPH is the first three-time winner of the Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence since the program’s inception in 1994.
Hawaii Pacific Health Establishes New Medical Group for Employed Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers
Hawaii Pacific Health has united its employed physicians and advanced practice providers together under one operational structure to form the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. The group, which was officially formed on Dec. 15, 2019, is a not-for-profit corporate subsidiary of Hawaii Pacific Health comprised of nearly 700 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care providers, and will provide a framework for increased collaboration, coordination, and consistency throughout the Hawaii Pacific Health system.
As part of the continued build-out of the Diamond Head Tower, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children opens its new Kobayashi & Kosasa Family Dining Room to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Located on the second floor, the new space features a 9,000-square-foot kitchen and 14,000-square-foot dining room that is three times the size of the existing cafeteria. In addition to seven new serving areas -- Pizza, Grab & Go, Salad Bar, Entrée, Grill, Deli Bar and Action Station -- it also features a full-service licensed Starbucks.
The Backstreet Boys Surprise Super Fan and Pediatric Cancer Patient at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
The Backstreet Boys demonstrated the shape of their hearts along with their aloha spirit during a surprise visit to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Group members Nick Carter and Brian Littrell stopped by Kapiolani right before their Nov. 5 concert at the Blaisdell Arena to visit with patients and staff, and to surprise pediatric cancer patient Jordan Ilae for her end-of-chemotherapy celebration.
Dr. Leslie B. Chun, a local physician and health care leader, has been named chief executive officer of the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. The medical group, which will officially be formed on December 15, 2019, will bring together over 600 employed physicians and allied health care professionals under one operational structure. Chun has 15 years of experience over a wide range of the health care industry both in Hawaii and across the country as a practicing internist, educator, medical director for an international health care analytics company, and hospital administrator.