News & Current Events
On the heels of a successful pilot program, Hawaii Pacific Health has expanded its Medical Assistant Program to 12 Oahu high schools for the 2019-2020 school year. The unique partnership, believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, is a joint program between HPH and the local high schools to create a curriculum for high school seniors to prepare them for a career as a medical assistant in the health care industry.
Get Your Pancakes for IHOP's Free Pancake Day to Support Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Hawaii IHOP restaurants will celebrate Free Pancake Day® on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, by offering each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes. This annual family-friendly tradition aims to raise needed funds and awareness for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Travis Clegg has joined Straub Medical Center as its new chief operating officer, reporting directly to Art Gladstone, chief executive officer of Straub and Pali Momi Medical Center. Clegg will manage all clinical and business operations for the 159-bed medical center in Honolulu and its clinic locations statewide.
Hawaii Pacific Health is accepting applications for its 2019 Health Careers Summer Internship program. The six-week paid internship program runs June 17-July 26 on Kauai and June 24-August 1 on Oahu. This unique paid internship program offers students a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the health care industry, learn more about general operations within a hospital system, and explore a variety of different health care professions.
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation Donates $4 Million for Innovative Heart Care at Straub Medical Center
Representatives from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, Straub Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health recently gathered for a check presentation ceremony and sign unveiling for the new Clarence T. C. Ching Heart Center at Straub Medical Center. The Foundation's $4 million gift, the largest gift ever received by Straub, will fund the future renovation and expansion of two catheterization surgical suites, which are part of a $24 million overall renovation of Straub's Heart Center.
Kauai Medical Clinic Restructures Patient Check-In at Lihue Clinic with Launch of Central Registration
Kauai Medical Clinic will begin use of a new centralized check-in system at its main clinic in Lihue beginning Monday, February 4, 2019. When entering the main clinic, patients will see a new registration counter with dedicated registration staff that will allow for a more immediate and efficient check-in process for appointments.
The Sex Abuse Treatment Center Supports Sexual Violence Prevention Education in Hawaii Public Schools
The Hawaii State Legislature will be considering a bill during the 2019 session to establish a program in Hawaii’s public schools for curriculum-based and age-appropriate sexual violence prevention education. The proposed legislation is part of the Legislature’s Keiki Caucus package, and is supported by the Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), a program of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children.
Kauai Medical Clinic recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Kapaa clinic location at the Kauai Village Shopping Center. The new 7,900-square-foot clinic, which is nearly four times the size of the current Kapaa clinic location, is expected to be completed by fall 2019. It is part of Wilcox Health's larger efforts to expand primary care services on Kauai.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Installs Historic Commemorative Stone Found During Construction
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children recently installed in front of its main entrance a historic commemorative stone that was found during construction of the Diamond Head Tower. Etched with the dates 1874-1929 and March 26, the stone represents a time of great historical significance for Hawaii's only full-service medical center specializing in the care of women and children, which was founded by Queen Kapiolani.
Straub, Pali Momi and Wilcox Medical Centers were recently recognized for quality care and exceptional patient outcomes by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Straub was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery, and all three medical centers were recognized as 5-Star recipients for clinical achievement in various specialty areas.
Two Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Centers Achieve Elite National Recognition from The Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety
Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center achieved straight ‘A’s in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. With the Hospital Safety Grades, Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on how safe they are for patients. Straub has received an A rating since the program’s inception in 2012, while this is the third consecutive year that Pali Momi has received an A.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Honors Dr. Wallace Matthews with its Outstanding Physician Award
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children recently honored pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Wallace Matthews with its Outstanding Physician Award. Only four physicians have received this prestigious award since it was established in July 1992. Recognized for his outstanding and distinguished contributions in the areas of patient care, education and service, Matthews has been a member of Kapiolani’s medical staff for more than 35 years.
Hawaii Walmart and Sam's Club Stores Raise $276,831 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Helping kids live better really matters for Walmart and Sam's Club associates, customers and members in Hawaii who in just six weeks raised $276,831 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. The Hawaii campaign results are a 19 percent increase from last year and come when the national campaign reaches a major milestone mark. Walmart and Sam’s Clubs across the country and Canada have now cumulatively raised more than $1 billion for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since the fundraising effort began in 1987.
Effective Monday, Oct. 15, all health care personnel at Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic will either be immunized for influenza or will wear a mask when in designated patient care areas at the medical center and clinic locations. This new flu immunization policy is designed to help prevent the spread of the flu and keep patients and health care personnel safe.
Hawaii Pacific Health employees showed their giving power by donating their own money to help patients and patient families by raising a record $1,070,115 for the 2018 Employee Giving Campaign. This is the second straight year that Hawaii Pacific Health has surpassed the $1 million mark. The total raised was collected over a one-month period through personal gifts and pledges by more than 4,000 staff members.