News & Current Events
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.
Sex Abuse Treatment Center at Kapiolani Highlights New Online Resources for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
The Sex Abuse Treatment Center (SATC), a program of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, is observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) by offering the public several opportunities to learn more about issues surrounding consent, respecting boundaries and resources in place for survivors.
Xander Cabales says his mission in life is to inspire others. The 15-year-old will do just that over the next year as he serves as the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Champion for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Xander accepted the prestigious role in front of Kapiolani staff members today at the medical center’s auditorium. He will share his courageous story throughout the coming year, inspiring countless CMN community partners and supporters committed to the health and well-being of Hawaii’s keiki.
Thousands of women will run, jog and walk around their neighborhoods for the 2022 Hawaii Pacific Health Virtual Women’s 10K & 5K Fun Run. This year, the 44th running of the state’s premier race for women will honor a woman who blazed a trail for a healthier Hawaii – Martha B. Smith.
Hawaii Pacific Health and its four medical centers – Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center – recognized their physicians during Doctors’ Day events today. Each medical center honored its doctors with accolades from leadership and patients, lunch and a special gift for the more than 1,500 doctors who practice across the HPH system.
Moanalua Panda Express Ranks No. 1 in the Country in Raising Money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Its official store number is 1282, but the Panda Express at Moanalua Shopping Center is No. 1 with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. The eatery raised $45,591 for Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawai‘i’s only CMN hospital, in 2021, which is more than any other location in the U.S. In total, 32 Hawai‘i Panda restaurants raised $394,455 for Kapi‘olani last year.
Gloria Brooks has been named chief operating officer at Pali Momi Medical Center and will manage all clinical and business operations for the 118-bed health care facility in Aiea. Brooks most recently served as vice president of hospital operations at Pali Momi. Prior to that, she led health information services at Straub Medical Center and the Hawaii Pacific Health system, after a decade of leading information management and operations for medical groups on the mainland. Brooks has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry.
Straub Medical Center is the Only Hospital In Hawaii Named One of America’s 250 Best by Healthgrades
Straub Medical Center has been named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals, placing it in the top 5% of nearly 4,500 hospitals assessed by Healthgrades. This is the third year in a row (2020-2022) that Straub Medical Center is the only hospital in Hawaii to receive the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™.
Hawaii’s Walmart and Sam’s Club Stores Raise $383,060 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
Cow bells, a pie-throwing event and generous local donors all helped Hawaii Walmart and Sam’s Club stores raise more money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals than any other market in the country in 2021. Hawaii’s 13 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations raised $383,060.83 for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Hawaii’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children Welcomes Dr. Louis Capecci as its First Full-Time Pediatric Heart Surgeon
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children recently welcomed Stanford Children’s Health pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Louis Capecci to its team. Capecci is operating as Kapiolani’s first full-time pediatric heart surgeon. He performs corrective surgery on infants, children and adults as well as works closely with pediatric cardiologists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists and other health care teams at Kapiolani Medical Center.
COVID-19 survivor Paul Greenslade and his wife, Karen, returned to Straub Medical Center nearly two years after his hospitalization for COVID-19 to reunite with the health care workers who helped save his life, and witness the unveiling of a new bench for the medical center's Healing Garden and a plaque commemorating Paul’s "second life." The bench was purchased through a donation made by the Greenslades to Straub in honor of the nurses, physicians and support staff who had cared for Paul.
Hawaii Pacific Health is accepting applications for its 2022-2023 Medical Assistant Program, a unique opportunity that gives high school seniors a hands-on introduction to a career in the health care field. Held in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education, Hawaii Pacific Health’s groundbreaking education and training program prepares high school students for a career as a medical assistant through a combination of in-classroom instruction and clinical experience.