News & Current Events
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.
Kamehameha Schools and Hawaii Pacific Health are joining forces in an effort to improve the education, health, economic stability and social well-being of students and families across Hawaii. Kamehameha Schools’ Chief Executive Officer Jack Wong and Hawaii Pacific Health’s President and CEO Ray Vara signed a memorandum of agreement to work together toward shared goals of creating more resilient children and strengthening families through education, economic empowerment, expanded career pathways, increased aina-based experiences, improved community health and advancement of the Hawaiian culture and language.
JN Group Has a Big Heart for Cardiac Kids Giving $20,000 to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children
JN Group, Inc. presented a $20,000 gift to Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children in support of the medical center's pediatric heart care program. The donation was made up of a portion of sales during JN Group’s “Drive for Heart Care” campaign.
Kapiolani Patient and Cancer Survivor Lily Lyman Named Hawaii's 2019 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion
Lily Lyman, a 13-year-old Kapiolani patient and cancer survivor who is a student at Le Jardin Academy, was recognized at an assembly hosted at her school as Hawaii’s 2019 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) Champion. Lily will serve as the CMN ambassador for Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, joining other CMN Hospitals Champions nationwide who will share their stories throughout the year to help illustrate why children’s hospitals need local charitable support.
Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center Receive Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Awards
Pali Momi Medical Center and Straub Medical Center have received the Healthgrades 2019 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Pali Momi is among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals for patient experience, and Straub is among the top 15 percent of U.S. hospitals, a distinction it has received for 10 consecutive years (2010-2019).
Super Finish for the Ko Olina Children's Festival as Community Raises $65,000 for Kapiolani Medical Center
The sixth annual Ko Olina Children’s Festival drew more than 2,000 people with proceeds totaling $65,000 and benefiting Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children. Funds from this annual festival support Kapiolani’s efforts to provide health care services and specialized programs for women and children regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Over the past six years, a total of $340,000 has been raised by the Ko Olina Children’s Festival to benefit Kapiolani.