News & Current Events
Wilcox Medical Center has received an overall hospital quality star rating of 5 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in its 2021 star ratings update. Wilcox is one of only seven hospitals in Hawaii to achieve a 5-star rating, and is one of 455 hospitals out of 4,586 across the United States to receive five stars.
In conjunction with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, Wilcox Medical Center will begin administering the Pfizer vaccine to adults on Kauai ages 75 and older starting Friday, Jan 15. The vaccine clinics will be open to patients of Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic, as well as the general public.
Hawaii Pacific Health has been named a trusted testing partner for the State of Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program and will now be providing COVID-19 travel screenings for interisland travel in partnership with Clinical Labs of Hawaii at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children on Oahu and Wilcox Medical Center on Kauai, with more sites to be available soon, including Clinical Labs of Hawaii locations statewide.
The Hawaii Pacific Health COVID-19 Employer Hotline is available to provide employers and business owners with access to physician experts for guidance on handling COVID-19 workplace exposures. It is a resource for Hawaii employers who have questions about how to manage workplace situations related to COVID-19, including what to do if an employee tests positive and how to manage exposures in the workplace.
Hawaii Pacific Health is now accepting applications for its 2020 Health Careers Summer Internship program. 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 six-week paid internship program runs June 22-July 31, 2020, on Oahu and June 15-July 24, 2020, on Kauai. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 6, 2020.
Kauai Medical Clinic's Eleele Location Earns National Recognition for Commitment to Improve High Blood Pressure
The clinic was one of just 542 physician practices and health systems to be recognized for achieving blood pressure control rates of 70% or more in their adult patient population with high blood pressure.
Hawaii Pacific Health has once again been named a recipient of the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement by organizations who have utilized health information technology, process improvement and organizational culture to substantially improve clinical outcomes and drive operational and financial value. HPH is the first three-time winner of the Davies Enterprise Award of Excellence since the program’s inception in 1994.
Hawaii Pacific Health Establishes New Medical Group for Employed Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers
Hawaii Pacific Health has united its employed physicians and advanced practice providers together under one operational structure to form the Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group. The group, which was officially formed on Dec. 15, 2019, is a not-for-profit corporate subsidiary of Hawaii Pacific Health comprised of nearly 700 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care providers, and will provide a framework for increased collaboration, coordination, and consistency throughout the Hawaii Pacific Health system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.