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Hawaii Pacific Health Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts for Children Aged 6 Months Through 4 Years
Ten children ranging in ages from 14 months to 4 years received their first doses of the three-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than age 5 today at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.
Hawaii Pacific Health to Offer Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Younger Than Age 5 Starting June 25
Hawaii Pacific Health will begin offering Pfizer’s three-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years at vaccination clinics on Oahu and Kauai. Parents can now sign up online for the appointment-only time slots.
The June 2022 issue of HONOLULU Magazine features its annual list of Top Doctors in the state. This year’s list includes more than 200 doctors affiliated with Hawaii Pacific Health. Among those included on the list this year is Dr. Cass Nakasone, an orthopedic surgeon based at Straub Medical Center, who is featured on the cover.
YouTube Phenomenon Ryan’s World Teams up with Starlight Children’s Foundation to Deliver Smiles to Kids at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Starlight Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to delivering happiness to kids in hospitals, partnered with Ryan’s World to donate and personally deliver toys and games to pediatric patients at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. The 10-year-old YouTuber and his parents visited some patients in the hospital’s playroom and classroom, engaging them with coloring and play activities and distributing Starlight backpacks filled with Ryan’s World toys and games.
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.