The University of Hawaii Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB-GYN) is donating $100,000 to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, in conjunction with the University of Hawaii (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) faculty practice, University Health Partners of Hawaii. This gift will be recognized with the naming of three sleep rooms reserved for OB-GYN residents and physicians who need rest during long shifts, especially those working late nights and early mornings. The donation will be directed to support Women’s Services at Kapiolani.
“This is a very meaningful donation for our medical center and the many OB-GYN physicians and residents who are committed to the care at Kapiolani,” said Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. “We are honored to be a teaching facility for the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. The partnership we have with UH is reflected in the amazing work these doctors provide to the women who receive our services. This donation is an investment in the medical center, our doctors and our patients as well as their families.”
Kapiolani delivers 6,000 babies a year and is established in the community as a medical teaching and research facility. Community support allows Kapiolani to provide specialty care and programs for women, infants and children like no other facility in the state and the Pacific Region. As a not-for-profit hospital, Kapiolani serves every patient regardless of their ability to pay.
The facility also serves as a teaching hospital for JABSOM students and residents who are supervised by faculty physicians. Dr. Ivica Zalud, Professor and Chair of the UH Department of OB-GYN, emphasizes the great impact that Kapiolani has on the future caretakers of Hawaii.
“Our John A. Burns School of Medicine faculty are grateful and proud of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children,” said Zalud. “This is where we and our residents feel at home. This is the place where we advance women’s health and groom the next generation of physicians to care and advocate for women. This is the place where we push ourselves in pursuit of discovery. With this donation made through our faculty practice, University Health Partners, we hope to make overnight stays while on-call at Kapiolani a bit easier for faculty, residents and fellows.”
The rooms will be acknowledged as the JABSOM OB-GYN Faculty Call Room, JABSOM OB-GYN Resident Call Room and JABSOM Resident/Fellow Call Room.
Representatives from Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine and University Health Partners of Hawaii gathered to celebrate the donation of $100,000 to Kapiolani. Pictured are (l to r): Ray Vara, President & CEO of Hawaii Pacific Health; Martha Smith, CEO of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children; Dr. Ivica Zalud, Professor and Chair of the UH Department of OB-GYN; Chip Ellis, CFO of University Health Partners of Hawaii; Dr. Jerris Hedges, Dean of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine; Tom Mundell, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy for Hawaii Pacific Health; and Linda Jameson, Senior Development Officer for Kapiolani Health Foundation.
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 243 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 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 and adult care, critical care air transport and high-risk perinatal care. Over 1,500 employees and more than 630 physicians provide specialty care at Kapiolani. The hospital is home to the Kapiolani Women’s Center and the Women’s Cancer Center, and offers numerous community programs and services, such as specialty pediatric clinics, the Kapiolani Child Protection Center and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapiolani is an affiliate of Hawaii Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers and a not-for-profit health care network of hospitals, clinics, physicians and other caregivers serving Hawaii and the Pacific region with high quality, compassionate care. In addition to Kapiolani, Hawaii Pacific Health includes Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center. Learn more at Kapiolani.org and visit the Kapiolani Health Foundation at Give2Kapiolani.org.
About the UH JABSOM Department of OB-GYN
Physicians with the OB-GYN Department of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) provide coverage for multiple hospitals in Hawaii including Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen’s Medical Center and Pali Momi Medical Center. JABSOM OB-GYN physicians provide high quality care to women facing health problems though their life span, including complications and high-risk pregnancies. This dedicated group also provides essential services to many underinsured patients in Hawaii.
In addition to directly serving Hawaii’s families, the JABSOM Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women’s Health creates its clinical learning environment for medical students, residents and fellows through its University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP) practice, giving all learners the robust real-world experience they need. The department has 37 physicians, including four who are part-time and three professors emeritus. Another 107 OB-GYN physicians in Hawaii are volunteer faculty. Specialty training is offered in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Family Planning and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
About University Health Partners of Hawaii (UHP)
University Health Partners of Hawaii (formerly known as UCERA) is the faculty practice plan of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and is dedicated to supporting the educational, research and community service activities of JABSOM as well as other University of Hawaii health sciences. The practice plan includes more than 130 participating physicians. UHP physicians provide services for multiple hospitals in Hawaii including Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, The Queen’s Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center and Pali Momi Medical Center.