Breaking New Ground


a group of people with hard hats and shovels with a dog and a large digger in the background

Wednesday, February 19, was an exciting day as Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children broke ground on the first new building in the multi-year plan to expand and rebuild the hospital. In attendance at the ceremony were Kapiolani CEO Martha Smith, Hawaii Pacific Health President & CEO Ray Vara, Hawaii State Representative Della Au Belatti and various neighbors from the surrounding community. The project is slated for completion in spring 2016 and will open in fall 2016.

Pictured above are (from left to right): Eric Tessem, Vice President and Managing Director, DCK Pacific Construction; Steve Brecker, Vice President of Operations, Layton Construction; Bryan Nielson, Project Architect, HDR; Mark Polivka, Campaign for Hawaii's Children; Martha Smith, CEO, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children; Jeff Arce, Vice Chair, Kapiolani Health Foundation; Michael O'Malley, Chair, Kapiolani Health Foundation; Dr. Douglas Kwock, Chair, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Board of Directors; Ray Vara, President & CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health; (front) Tucker, Chief Canine Officer and Therapy Dog, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.


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