News & Current Events
Hawaii Pacific Health President & CEO Ray Vara Discusses COVID-19 Vaccines with Pfizer and Moderna Leaders
As national chairman of the American Heart Association, Hawaii Pacific Health President and CEO Ray Vara helped moderate a featured presentation of the Association's recent Scientific Sessions international conference that included American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and leaders from Pfizer and Moderna discussing the development of the COVID-19 vaccine and future applications for the technology used to create it.
Hawaii Pacific Health Partners with Honolulu Fire Department and Department of Health for Keiki Drive-Through COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
Hawaii Pacific Health, the Hawaii Department of Health and the Honolulu Fire Department are teaming up to allow parents to get their kids vaccinated from the comfort of their vehicle with upcoming drive-through vaccine clinics for children ages 5-11 and their families on Oahu. The HPH Keiki Vax Squad Drive-Through clinics are scheduled on Nov. 13-14 at Aloha Stadium and Nov. 20-21 at Kapolei High School. The drive-through clinics will help make the vaccination process quick, convenient and kid-friendly.
Hawaii Pacific Health Employees Donate More Than $1 Million to Support Patient Care Through Annual Employee Giving Campaign
As part of the 2021 Hawaii Pacific Health Employee Giving Campaign, nearly 4,000 employees raised a total of $1,068,127 through generous donations of either gifts or pledges, which will go toward Hawaii Pacific Health medical programs and services that directly benefit the local community. This is the fifth straight year that employees have raised at least $1 million to support the organization’s mission to create a healthier Hawaii.
John McNamara to Join Hawaii Pacific Health as Senior Vice President for Marketing and Communications
John McNamara will join Hawaii Pacific Health as senior vice president for marketing and communications on November 1. McNamara has more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry, having spent the last six years as president of CommPac, a Honolulu-based public relations agency, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company and providing strategic counsel to local, mainland, and international clients on media relations, marketing, crisis management and community engagement.
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.
Wilcox Medical Center has received an overall hospital quality star rating of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its 2021 star ratings update. Wilcox is one of only seven hospitals in Hawaii to achieve a 5-star rating, and is one of 455 hospitals out of 4,586 across the United States to receive five stars.
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.
Straub Medical Center Only Hospital in Hawaii to be Recognized as One of America's 250 Best Hospitals for 2021
Straub Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second year in a row (2020-2021). The only hospital in Hawaii to receive this distinction in 2021, Straub is in the top five percent of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed across the U.S. for its superior clinical performance.
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.
In conjunction with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Wilcox Medical Center will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to adults on Kauai ages 75 and older starting Friday, Jan 15. The vaccine clinics will be open to patients of Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic, as well as the general public.
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.