WIC and Dr. Jennifer Tan Heahlke were featured in Wednesday’s (9/14/2016) issue of Star Advertiser.
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Helping Hands Hawaii hosted its 11th annual fundraising dinner at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The organization honored Paula Akana and Pono Shim, as well as Kalihi-Palama Health Center for its homeless project.
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Kalihi-Palama Health Center was featured in the corporate philanthropy section of First Hawaiian Bank’s 2013 Annual Report. According to CEO and Executive Director, Dr. Emmanuel Kintu, “First Hawaiian Bank has been so supportive since our center opened. The bank’s generous backing is super-significant to our capital campaign. As we help meet the needs of our 21,000 patients, I know First Hawaiian will be right beside us.”
First Hawaiian Senior Vice President, Vernon Nakamura, currently serves as the President of KPHC’s Board of Directors. In the report he described the beginning of the partnership, “First Hawaiian encourages employees to volunteer. Thirty years ago, my boss said “Go out and help them at the health center.’ Ever since, we’ve had a great partnership. This is our community and we’re here to help.
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KHON2 provided news coverage for KPHC’s ground blessing on February 20, 2014. The ceremony marked the start of construction on KPHC’s new center for Comprehensive Women and Children’s Health Programs and also honored the work of Loretta Fuddy, the late director of the state Department of Health.
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Medical services, for the first time, was the fastest growing of 16 sectors tracked by the bank. Card transactions at hospitals, clinics and other care facilities rose 22.7 percent to $34.4 million from $28 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. It was the first time since the report began that medical services had a double-digit-percentage increase. Click on this link to view the article.
Hawaii has 14 health centers with 79 sites that served 144,427 patients last year, 23.95 percent of them uninsured. Click on this link to view the list.
The center plans to build about 30,000 square feet of space in order to better serve an increasing number of patients and add new services. The nonprofit health provider currently spreads its services among three locations in Kalihi on North King Street and one in Chinatown on South King Street. Click on this link to view full article.