News & Current Events
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.
Travis Clegg has joined Straub Medical Center as its new chief operating officer, reporting directly to Art Gladstone, chief executive officer of Straub and Pali Momi Medical Center. Clegg will manage all clinical and business operations for the 159-bed medical center in Honolulu and its clinic locations statewide.
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.
The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation Donates $4 Million for Innovative Heart Care at Straub Medical Center
Representatives from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation, Straub Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health recently gathered for a check presentation ceremony and sign unveiling for the new Clarence T. C. Ching Heart Center at Straub Medical Center. The Foundation's $4 million gift, the largest gift ever received by Straub, will fund the future renovation and expansion of two catheterization surgical suites, which are part of a $24 million overall renovation of Straub's Heart Center.
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.
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.
Hawaii Pacific Health Recognized by Hawaii State Legislature for Excellence in Health Information Technology
As part of National Health IT Week, the Hawaii-Alaska Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), hosted a special Hawaii Health IT Day at the Hawaii State Capitol, which included a ceremony honoring Hawaii Pacific Health as the most recent recipient of the HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding achievement in health information technology.
Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox Medical Centers Receive 'A' for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox Medical Centers were among the 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for their commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients in the newest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.
Healthgrades Recognizes Straub Medical Center for Achievements in Patient Safety and Patient Experience
Straub Medical Center has been recognized for two distinctions in quality excellence from Healthgrades: the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Healthgrades 2017 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. Straub is one of only 26 hospitals in the nation to receive both the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Outstanding Patient Experience Award for three consecutive years (2015-2017).
Sports Medicine Symposium 2017 on Saturday, May 20, will feature Hawaii Pacific Health physicians discussing a wide range of topics, including adolescent back injury, management of high ankle sprains, vestibular rehabilitation and back to play evaluation protocols, sports nutrition, and how to improve communication on and off the field.
Straub Medical Center has been designated by HMSA as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Cardiac Care and Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries, both of which are part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.