News & Current Events
State and county leaders joined Wilcox Medical Center staff and community members today to celebrate the blessing of the facility’s new Emergency Department (ED). The new space features two trauma resuscitation suites and several specialized care rooms. Wilcox is Kauai’s only Level III Trauma Center and the first in Hawaii to be verified by the American College of Surgeons.
In an effort to create a healthier Hawaii and increase use of local produce, the Wilcox Health Café will institute “Meatless Mondays” starting May 23, 2022. Meals will feature locally grown produce sourced from across the state.
Matt Sasaki has been named vice president of Hawaii Health Partners (HHP), the physician-led accountable care organization of Hawaii Pacific Health. An experienced health care management professional with a multi-faceted background, Sasaki will support HHP’s efforts to transform health care in Hawaii.
Hawaii Pacific Health and its medical centers and clinics are recognizing their nurses during National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 through May 12, 2022.
Amy Thomas, APRN, FNP, has been named system chief nurse executive for Hawaii Pacific Health. She will lead efforts to further nursing excellence within HPH medical centers and clinics in order to provide the highest quality care possible for the developing needs of the community.
In honor of National Nurses Week, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and The Garden Island newspapers published special Nurses Week inserts on Sunday, May 1, that featured Hawaii Pacific Health nurses from across our system.
Mathew Loughlin has been named vice president of hospital operations for Pali Momi Medical Center. He will be responsible for working with teams throughout the medical center to increase operational efficiencies and continue quality, cost-effective care initiatives addressing the health care needs of the Central and West Oahu communities.
Midweek honors National Nurses Week by shining the spotlight on nurses from each of Hawaii Pacific Health’s medical centers.
They both began their medical careers on Kauai in the 1970s. Now, Wilcox Health is celebrating two doctors who have cared for Garden Isle families for 100 years combined – Dr. Monty Downs and Dr. Roger Netzer.
Haumea Friel has been named a 2022 National Champion by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals – a first for a child from Hawaii. The 7-year-old accepted the honor as part of Children’s Hospital Week celebrations in Orlando, Florida.
Dr. Paula Lee recently joined the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group as its newest gynecologic oncologist. In addition to her appointment with HPH, Lee will serve as professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Highlights New Online Resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), a program of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, is observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) by offering the public several opportunities to learn more about issues surrounding consent, respecting boundaries and resources in place for survivors.
Xander Cabales says his mission in life is to inspire others. The 15-year-old will do just that over the next year as he serves as the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Xander accepted the prestigious role in front of Kapiolani staff members today at the medical center’s auditorium. He will share his courageous story throughout the coming year, inspiring countless CMN community partners and supporters committed to the health and well-being of Hawaii’s keiki.
Thousands of women will run, jog and walk around their neighborhoods for the 2022 Hawaii Pacific Health Virtual Women’s 10K & 5K Fun Run. This year, the 44th running of the state’s premier race for women will honor a woman who blazed a trail for a healthier Hawaii – Martha B. Smith.
Hawaii Pacific Health and its four medical centers – Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center – recognized their physicians during Doctors’ Day events today. Each medical center honored its doctors with accolades from leadership and patients, lunch and a special gift for the more than 1,500 doctors who practice across the HPH system.