Hawaii Healthcare Heroes on Community Matters

Source: http://hah.org

Listen on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 a.m. as HAH President and CEO Hilton Raethel talks with Community Matters radio show host Rick Hamada (KHVH AM 830) about the Hawaii Healthcare Heroes awards.

They will be joined by Dr. Ian Okazaki, an oncologist at the Straub and Pali Momi medical centers, who was chosen as a 2016 Hawaii Healthcare Hero.

The awards were started five years ago by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii as the only patient-nominated healthcare recognition awards on the nation.

Five Heroes are chosen each year and recognized at the HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala. To see the list of this year’s Heroes, and to find out more about this year’s Gala, click here.

Dr. Rebecca Sawai: 2018 Hawaii Healthcare Hero

Kaiser Permanente patient Jeffrey Peterson had been diagnosed with colon cancer, and had been through surgery, as well as chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

He was just starting to feel normal again, but he also faced having another surgery.

It was at that moment, when he exited the office of the surgeon who was to perform the second surgery, that he saw the surgeon who performed the first one, Dr. Rebecca Sawai.

Dr. Sawai listened as he told her about his doubts about further surgery. Then she told him, “Jeff, this is just where we wanted you to be.” That one incident, part of a chain of interactions between the doctor and the Peterson family, led Jeffrey Peterson to continue with his surgery and eventually recover.

As a result, he has been able to see his two sons graduate from college, and is expecting his first grandchild. He nominated Dr. Sawai as a 2018 Hawaii Healthcare Hero for the help and guidance she gave to him and his family.

Five healthcare professionals receive the Hawaii Healthcare Hero distinction each year out of hundreds nominated. She will be recognized at the 2018 HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala on October 20 at the Ko’olau Ballrooms.

In the photo above, Jeffrey Peterson (right), Dr. Sawai and Kaiser Permanente staff gather in her office to reveal her award and honor her with lei and hugs.

For more Gala information please click here.

HAH Inaugural Healthcare Conference

A student rate of $100 per person is now being offered for the HAH Inaugural Healthcare Conference “Building a Stronger, Healthier Hawaii: Integrate, Innovate & Inspire,” scheduled for Sept. 20 and 21 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

In addition, 11 continuing education hours have been approved for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers. Participants must attend both days of the conference to receive the CEs.

The conference brings together healthcare and social service professionals to foster new partnerships, share skills and knowledge, and generate new ideas for collectively building a stronger, healthier Hawaii.

Participants may choose from four conference tracks:

  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Advancing trauma-informed care
  • Focusing on behavioral health across the life span
  • Integrating primary care and behavioral health

The keynote speakers are (left to right in photo above) Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, science director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center; Ruben Juarez, PhD, professor of economics and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Economics at the University of Hawaii; Drew Ramsey, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons whose work focuses on the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety; and Kevin B. Kunz, MD, MPH, DFASAM, executive vice president of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and the Addiction Medicine Foundation.

The cost for HAH members is $300 per person; for non-members, the cost is $350.

Click here to register, and for sponsorship information.

Silent Auction Donations Support Scholarships

Each year, proceeds from the Silent Auction at the annual HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala fund healthcare scholarships for Hawaii residents. The scholarships are important in supporting a healthcare workforce that meets Hawaii’s needs today, and in the future.

This year’s scholarship recipients are studying medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, healthcare administration, and more. They will be recognized at the HAH Awards and Scholarship Gala on October 20.

Anyone who wishes to support the scholarship fund may donate an item to this year’s Silent Auction. Click here for the donation form or contact Sharie Higashionna-Ibarra at [email protected], or 521-8961.

For direct contributions to the scholarship fund, please make checks out to the Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation (the nonprofit foundation of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii), and mail to HAH at 707 Richards Street, PH2, Honolulu, HI 96813.


HAH Holiday Office Closure

The Healthcare Association of Hawaii will be closed on September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday, September 4. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.