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.
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.
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).
Women of All Ages Invited to Participate in 42nd annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women's 10K and 5K Fun Run
Bringing together women of all ages in an effort to create a healthier Hawaii, the 42nd Annual Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10K and 5K Fun Run is set to take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Kapiolani Park. The first and only all-female sanctioned race champions women while celebrating fitness and good health.
Featuring physicians from the Hawaii Pacific Health family of medical centers, this free community health event will focus on the latest advances in heart health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawaii Pacific Health Announces Inaugural High School Partners for Innovative Medical Assistant Training Program
Hawaii Pacific Health has partnered with Kapiolani Community College and five local public high schools to create the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Assistant Training Program. The unique partnership, believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, is a joint program between Hawaii Pacific Health and the local high schools to create a curriculum for high school juniors and seniors to prepare them for a career as a medical assistant in the health care industry.
Hawaii Pacific Health is proud to help launch a matching gift initiative by dedicated philanthropists Barry and Virginia Weinman to fund full scholarships for Hawaii residents starting their medical education at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
The new Hawaii Pacific Health Cancer Center at Pali Momi Medical Center opened with a blessing ceremony and grand opening event attended by physicians and staff, community and construction partners, and government leaders. The 24,000-square-foot center will provide comprehensive and coordinated cancer care, including diagnosis, treatment and support services, in one convenient and centralized location for Central and West Oahu residents.
Hawaii Pacific Health employees generously donated their own money to help patients and their families, raising $1,057,128 for the 2017 Hawaii Pacific Health Employee Giving Campaign. The record amount surpassed the campaign’s $1 million goal, and was raised over a one-month period through personal gifts and pledges by more than 4,100 staff members.