American Savings Bank Employees Raise Nearly $60,000 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children

Funds raised will support Kapiolani's Child Life Services Program 04/23/2015

group of people posing for a photo with a large donation check from American Savings Bank for nearly $60000

American Savings Bank employees raised $59,990 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children through their annual giving campaign, Kahiau. The funds will support the hospital’s Child Life Services Program, which provides activities for pediatric patients to help bridge the gap between home and the hospital.

“We’re extremely grateful to the employees at American Savings Bank for their continued generosity,” said Martha Smith, CEO at Kapiolani Medical Center. “Being in the hospital can be an unfamiliar and stressful situation for children. This gift will support our Child Life staff in their work with pediatric patients and their families to help them cope positively with their illness, hospitalization and recovery.”

“Kahiau is the perfect description of the spirit of generosity and compassion for our communities that our American Savings Bank ‘ohana demonstrate every day,” said Rich Wacker, President and CEO of American Savings Bank. “We’re proud to support the work of Kapiolani in caring for Hawaii’s most vulnerable patients and their families.”

Kapiolani Medical Center is one of American Savings Bank’s participating nonprofit partners for Kahiau, which, in Hawaiian, means to give from the heart without the expectation of anything in return. American Savings Bank works closely with the Kapiolani Health Foundation and its other Kahiau partners to combine financial support and personal engagement.


Photo Caption: Pictured left to right are Jeff Arce, Chair, Kapiolani Health Foundation Board of Directors; Michelle Bartell, Corporate Communications & Community Advancement Manager, American Savings Bank; Rich Wacker, President & CEO, American Savings Bank; Beth Whitehead, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, American Savings Bank; Martha Smith, CEO, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children; Tom Mundell, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Hawaii Pacific Health; and Ray Vara, President and CEO, Hawaii Pacific Health.


About Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children:
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is well recognized as Hawaii’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 207 beds, the not-for-profit hospital is Hawaii’s only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It delivers 6,000 babies a year, and is also a tertiary care, medical teaching and research facility. Specialty services for patients throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, maternal fetal medicine, and high-risk perinatal care. More than 1,500 employees and more than 630 physicians provide specialty care at Kapiolani. The hospital is home to Kapiolani Women’s Center and the Women’s Cancer Center, and also offers numerous community programs and services, such as the Kapiolani Child Protection Center and Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapiolani is an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health, the state’s largest health care provider. Learn more at

About American Savings Bank:
Since 1925, ASB has served Hawaii’s businesses and communities by providing a full range of financial products and services including business and consumer banking, home loans, insurance, and investments. ASB is one of Hawaii’s leading financial institutions, with online and mobile banking services and branch locations statewide offering evening, weekend and holiday hours. For six consecutive years, ASB has been named one of Hawaii Business Magazine’s “Best Places to Work.” For more than 90 years, ASB has been helping build strong communities. ASB team members have contributed more than 18,000 hours of volunteer service, and the bank has donated millions of dollars to Hawaii schools, non-profits and community organizations. Learn more at


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