News & Current Events
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.
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.
Kauai Medical Clinic Restructures Patient Check-In at Lihue Clinic with Launch of Central Registration
Kauai Medical Clinic will begin use of a new centralized check-in system at its main clinic in Lihue beginning Monday, February 4, 2019. When entering the main clinic, patients will see a new registration counter with dedicated registration staff that will allow for a more immediate and efficient check-in process for appointments.
Kauai Medical Clinic recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Kapaa clinic location at the Kauai Village Shopping Center. The new 7,900-square-foot clinic, which is nearly four times the size of the current Kapaa clinic location, is expected to be completed by fall 2019. It is part of Wilcox Health's larger efforts to expand primary care services on Kauai.
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.
Effective Monday, Oct. 15, all health care personnel at Wilcox Medical Center and Kauai Medical Clinic will either be immunized for influenza or will wear a mask when in designated patient care areas at the medical center and clinic locations. This new flu immunization policy is designed to help prevent the spread of the flu and keep patients and health care personnel safe.