News & Current Events
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.
Due to construction work at Straub Medical Center on Saturday, Nov. 30, one lane of S. Hotel Street will be partially closed from 6 a.m. until the late afternoon. It is recommended that drivers use alternate routes in the area when possible.
As part of the continued build-out of the Diamond Head Tower, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children opens its new Kobayashi & Kosasa Family Dining Room to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Located on the second floor, the new space features a 9,000-square-foot kitchen and 14,000-square-foot dining room that is three times the size of the existing cafeteria. In addition to seven new serving areas -- Pizza, Grab & Go, Salad Bar, Entrée, Grill, Deli Bar and Action Station -- it also features a full-service licensed Starbucks.
The Backstreet Boys Surprise Super Fan and Pediatric Cancer Patient at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
The Backstreet Boys demonstrated the shape of their hearts along with their aloha spirit during a surprise visit to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Group members Nick Carter and Brian Littrell stopped by Kapiolani right before their Nov. 5 concert at the Blaisdell Arena to visit with patients and staff, and to surprise pediatric cancer patient Jordan Ilae for her end-of-chemotherapy celebration.
Straub, Pali Momi and Wilcox Medical Centers Recognized by Healthgrades for Quality Care and Exceptional Patient Outcomes
Straub, Pali Momi and Wilcox Medical Centers were recently recognized for quality care and exceptional patient outcomes by Healthgrades. Among the various awards received, Straub was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery and Gastrointestinal Care, and is the only hospital in Hawaii to receive these designations. Straub also received 5-star ratings for 13 different specialty procedures and treatments. Pali Momi received 5-star ratings for Pacemaker Procedures, Hip Fracture and Bowel Obstruction Treatment outcomes, and Wilcox received 5-star ratings for Treatment of Stroke and Hip Fracture outcomes.
Dr. Leslie B. Chun, a local physician and health care leader, has been named chief executive officer of the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. The medical group, which will officially be formed on December 15, 2019, will bring together over 600 employed physicians and allied health care professionals under one operational structure. Chun has 15 years of experience over a wide range of the health care industry both in Hawaii and across the country as a practicing internist, educator, medical director for an international health care analytics company, and hospital administrator.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children’s hospital facility dog Winnie is leaving her post as the medical center’s Chief Canine Officer as she and her handler, Kapiolani Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Wendi Major, are moving to the mainland. The animal-assisted therapy program at Kapiolani will continue with another dog from Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and a new handler once training is complete.
The new Straub Medical Center – Kapolei Clinic & Urgent Care recently opened with the two new primary care physicians on staff – Internal Medicine Physician Dr. Claudio Lencinas, who moved over from the Straub Medical Center – Pearlridge Clinic location, and Family Medicine Physician Dr. Janee Sells, a newly hired Straub physician.
The new Straub Medical Center – Ward Village Clinic & Urgent Care recently opened with three primary care physicians on its staff – family medicine physicians Dr. Jimmy Chen, Dr. Katsuya "Andy" Iizuka and Dr. Akolea Ioane.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels Presents Kapiolani with $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to Support Pediatric Cancer Research
Hyundai Hope On Wheels®(HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, presented Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children with a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. Kapiolani is one of 77 recipients receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year to develop innovative approaches to finding a cure for the disease.
In its 13th year, the 2019 Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids raised a remarkable $300,138 in two days. For 28 hours on-air, radio listeners tuned in to KSSK 92.3FM/AM 590 to hear inspiring stories about how Kapiolani cares for some of the most medically fragile children and their families. Kapiolani has partnered with KSSK since 2006 to take to the airwaves with live broadcasts that bring awareness and funding to programs and services for pediatric medicine. The 2019 results bring the overall total amount raised to $2 million in the event’s history.
Wilcox Medical Center Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Launch of New Emergency Department Fundraising Campaign
As part of its 80th anniversary celebration, Wilcox Medical Center has embarked on a campaign to raise funds to upgrade its Emergency Department and expand its trauma services for the Kauai community. Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, who have a home on Kauai, have made a generous donation to renovate multiple rooms of the Emergency Department. They are among a number of contributors who together have gifted nearly $1 million to the campaign.
Straub Medical Center – Ward Village Clinic & Urgent Care provides primary care, urgent care, imaging and lab services in the heart of the growing Kakaako community. The clinic, located in Aeo residential tower, is second new Straub clinic to open in July 2019.
Kapiolani Medical Center Provides Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings for Uninsured and Underinsured Women
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children recently offered free cervical and breast cancer screenings as well as other information and education on women’s health for uninsured and underinsured women as part of the See, Test & Treat program. Held through a grant from the College of American Pathologists Foundation, the free cancer screening and health education program is designed to remove barriers to early cancer detection in underserved populations and to empower women to take charge of their own health and well-being.
The most comprehensive clinic to date from Hawaii Pacific Health is now open to serve residents of Central and West Oahu. Conveniently located at Ka Makana Alii in West Oahu, Straub Medical Center – Kapolei Clinic & Urgent Care offers a variety of services and features specialists from Straub Medical Center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and Pali Momi Medical Center.