News & Current Events
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and the Hawaii Nurses Association (HNA) reached a tentative agreement last night on a new three-year contract that covers approximately 725 nurses at Kapiolani. Nurses will vote on whether to ratify the tentative agreement on January 20-21, 2021.
In conjunction with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Wilcox Medical Center will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to adults on Kauai ages 75 and older starting Friday, Jan 15. The vaccine clinics will be open to patients of Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic, as well as the general public.
Hawaii Pacific Health has been named a trusted testing partner for the State of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program and will now be providing COVID-19 travel screenings for interisland travel in partnership with Clinical Labs of Hawaii at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children on Oahu and Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai, with more sites to be available soon, including Clinical Labs of Hawaii locations statewide.
A record $427,575 in donations for the 2020 Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids showed how much the community is pulling closer together this year to support Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Held virtually for the first time in the event's 14-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event included one of the largest participant pools ever with the commitment of iHeartRadio, KSSK 92.3 radio personalities, sponsors, online phone bank teams, Kapiolani patient families and staff members taking donor calls.
The Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 Employer Hotline is available to provide employers and business owners with access to physician experts for guidance on handling COVID-19 workplace exposures. It is a resource for Hawaii employers who have questions about how to manage workplace situations related to COVID-19, including what to do if an employee tests positive and how to manage exposures in the workplace.
Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center have achieved the Healthgrades 2020 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. This distinction recognizes Pali Momi and Straub as being among the top hospitals nationwide for patient experience according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
Hawaii Pacific Health President and CEO Ray Vara announced that the company would offer the coronavirus antibody testing through Clinical Labs of Hawaii at no cost to its 7,200 employees to better understand what level of infection exists in the local population. The test will be available to employees beginning May 1.
Haumea Friel, a 5-year-old Kapiolani patient, will share her message of courage and strength as the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Friel was introduced as Hawaii's Champion in front of hundreds of supporters from across the state at the inaugural CMN Partner Celebration.
Straub Medical Center is Only Hospital in Hawaii Recognized as One of America's 250 Best by Healthgrades
Straub Medical Center has achieved the Healthgrades 2020 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™, placing it in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades. Straub is the only hospital in Hawaii to be recognized as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals in 2020.
Hawaii Pacific Health is now accepting applications for its 2020 Health Careers Summer Internship program. 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 six-week paid internship program runs June 22-July 31, 2020, on Oahu and June 15-July 24, 2020, on Kauai. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 6, 2020.
Barry M. and Virginia S. Weinman Expand Cancer Care Research and Clinical Trials at Straub Medical Center with Historic $1 Million Gift
Straub Medical Center will further develop its cancer care research and clinical trials with a $1 million gift from Barry M. and Virginia S. Weinman. This gift is the most significant donation to cancer care at Straub in the history of the medical center, and will help expand local clinical trials at Straub while improving access for more cancer patients in Hawaii to receive experimental treatment.
Kauai Medical Clinic's Eleele Location Earns National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure
The clinic was one of just 542 physician practices and health systems to be recognized for achieving blood pressure control rates of 70% or more in their adult patient population with high blood pressure.
Hawaii Pacific Health has once again been named a recipient of the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement by organizations who have utilized health information technology, process improvement and organizational culture to substantially improve clinical outcomes and drive operational and financial value. HPH is the first three-time winner of the Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence since the program’s inception in 1994.
Hawaii Pacific Health Establishes New Medical Group for Employed Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers
Hawaii Pacific Health has united its employed physicians and advanced practice providers together under one operational structure to form the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. The group, which was officially formed on Dec. 15, 2019, is a not-for-profit corporate subsidiary of Hawaii Pacific Health comprised of nearly 700 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care providers, and will provide a framework for increased collaboration, coordination, and consistency throughout the Hawaii Pacific Health system.
Wilcox Family Members Donate $125,000 to Wilcox Medical Center in Honor of Namesake and Hospital Founder
As part of Wilcox Medical Center’s 80th anniversary celebration, descendants of its founder George Norton (G.N.) Wilcox are donating $125,000 in his honor. Wilcox family members – who include Kelley Carswell and family, Dr. Richard Goodale and family, David Pratt with sons Sam and Bill Pratt, and Kathy Richardson and family – are using this milestone anniversary to embark on a campaign to raise funds to upgrade the medical center’s Emergency Department and expand its trauma services for the Kauai community.