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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Regional Director of Employee and Labor Relations

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has hired Kristie Chorny as the Hawaii Region director of employee and labor relations. She will provide leadership and guidance within the areas of labor relations, employee relations and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action for the organization’s Hawaii Region.

Chorny brings over 20 years of experience in human resources and labor relations to her role, serving most recently as director of Labor Relations at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, one of the organization’s largest regions. She provided labor relations consultation and support in a region consisting of over 73,000 bargaining unit employees and serving more than 4 million health plan members throughout 21 hospitals and 30 medical office facilities.

As Hawaii Region director, Chorny supports labor strategies for staffing effectiveness and operational effectiveness initiatives. Her accomplishments include work on Kaiser Permanente’s Labor Management Partnership, an innovative model for labor relations that provides an integrated and collaborative approach to contract negotiations and quality care delivery.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Chorny’s career included management and labor relations roles at Kellogg, Foss Maritime and Verizon Communications. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human resource management and master’s degree in organizational management from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.


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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Senior Director Of Provider Contracting

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has hired Maria Regina “Gina” Rafer as the senior director of Provider Contracting. She is responsible for overseeing contracts for hospital, ancillary and provider services, and for maintaining relationships with Kaiser Permanente’s network providers.

Rafer has 20 years of experience in health care management, serving most recently as director of Provider Contracting and Value Based lead at Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and as corporate director of National Provider Relations at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. There, she led provider innovation, provider initiatives and network strategy for the New York division of Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has held management positions with a focus on provider relations and network management at WellCare of New York, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna. Rafer also served as an adjunct professor and instructor at Bryant & Stratton College in Syracuse, New York, teaching pre-license training for life, accident and health insurance to work in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid health plan markets.

Rafer earned bachelor’s degrees in history and mechanical engineering from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, and holds her New York State license to sell life, accident and health insurance.


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Billy Kemper Dominates Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Hawaii

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Across the island, Maui’s own Billy Kemper (HAW) won the Jaws Challenge at Pe‘ahi, one of three stops on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Big Wave Tour (BWT), for the third time in his career. Competition resumed with Round 1 Heat 2 after being called off yesterday and Kemper picked up where he left off to set today’s tone with more exhilarating performances as he battled back and forth with Kai Lenny (HAW) in the Final.

“Yesterday was probably the most radical day of surfing competition and I’m glad I got to kick that day off and got to end this event,” Kemper said. “This is for my mom and if you’re looking down on me right now mom, this one’s for you.”

This marks a career-defining moment for Kemper as his third Big Wave Tour win on home turf. Kemper’s ability to hunt down some of the heaviest waves and attack the barrels on offer separated him from the rest of the competition today with a brilliant 23.84 (out of a possible 30) heat total.

“I put everything into this year and I was second guessing if I’d be able to surf again by the end of the year,” Kemper continued. “My team got me back here and this is for us. I didn’t do this on my own. My beautiful wife, my children, I love you guys so much.”

Men’s Jaws Challenge at Pe’ahi, Hawaii Final Results:
1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 23.84
2 – Kai Lenny (HAW) 23.56
3 – Albee Layer (HAW) 17.40
4 – Tyler Larronde (HAW) 16.06
5 – Grant Baker (ZAF) 8.10
6 – Koa Rothman (HAW) 2.19Beachwaver Maui Pro Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.67
2 – Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.67

Beachwaver Maui Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.50 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.36
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.67 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.44

Beachwaver Maui Pro Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4.67
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.94 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 12.57
QF 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.40 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.60
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.66 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 12.40

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $164,000 in Grant Funding to Improve Public Health

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente has awarded $ 164,000 in community benefit grant funding to community health initiatives in Hawaii. The grant recipients are working to improve public health with a focus on serving low-income and vulnerable populations.

“At Kaiser Permanente of Hawaii, we’re committed to building healthier communities across the state,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of Hawaii. “We’re proud to support organizations and initiatives working toward the same goal to improve public health and access to care for everyone in our community.”

Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice received $ 50,000 to further establish the Hawaii Budget and Policy Center, a valuable community resource that provides state poverty reports and analyzes budget and tax policies that address poverty and inequity in the state. The center will research and analyze key policy issues, with specific focus on policies that address health and well-being for low- and moderate-income households, in order to improve efforts by service providers, lawmakers and government officials. The center’s work has the potential to impact more than 150,000 Hawaii residents living in poverty.

Boys & Girls Club Hawaii received $ 40,000 to provide comprehensive mentoring and community programming to promote healthy eating and active lifestyles. Through the grant, Boys & Girls Club Hawaii will partner with organizations to provide learning and leadership opportunities through sports clinics and leagues, culinary arts programs and even business training to 400 at-risk youth on Oahu.

Hawaii Primary Care Association received $ 40,000 to improve access to mental and behavioral health services within community health centers. The majority of patients served by community health centers live below the federal poverty level and 14 percent are uninsured. The grant will help build capacity for community health centers to screen, provide interventions and offer referrals to treat substance abuse and other behavioral health issues, giving more than 11,000 patients a network of support and services.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $ 34,000 to expand its school-based health services program. The grant will support two school-based health centers at Waianae High School and Waianae Intermediate School, which provide acute care, immunizations, physical exams and basic medications such as antibiotics to a large population of Native Hawaiian students, regardless of insurance status. School-based health centers also increase access to behavioral health services, addressing a critical need for greater support for adolescents facing bullying, stress, violence, depression and suicidal thoughts. More than 3,800 adolescents living in Waianae are expected to benefit.


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NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive “24K Magic World Tour” by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the food to the Salvation Army’s Hawaiian and Pacific Islands Division, which hosts an annual Thanksgiving meal program to help those in need.

Mars is set to perform the final show of his 200-date tour at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Sunday. It is his third consecutive night at the 50,000-seat venue.

The performer’s tour is in support of his multi-platinum 2016 album, “24K Magic.” It won six Grammy Awards earlier this year, including album, song and record of the year. The album includes the hits “That’s What I Like,” ”Finesse” and “24K Magic.”

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Welcomes New Physicians on Oahu and Maui

HONOLULU — Six doctors have joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii facilities on Oahu and Maui. They add to Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning staff of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical practice, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), which serves more than 255,000 members in Hawaii.

Vanessa Cabe, MD

Vanessa Cabe, MD

Vanessa Cabe, MD, has joined as a primary care physician at the Kaiser Permanente Waipio Medical Office. She graduated with her medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Huntington Hospital, in Pasadena, California. She is board certified in internal medicine.

 

Dardo Ferrara, MD

Dardo Ferrara, MD

Dardo Ferrara, MD, practices cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from National University of Cordoba in Cordoba, Argentina. Dr. Ferrara completed his internal medicine residency at Hospital Nacional de Clinicas in Cordoba, Argentina, serving as chief resident. He completed a second internal medicine residency, as well as fellowships in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Ferrara practiced cardiac electrophysiology at North Cascade Cardiology, part of PeaceHealth Medical Group, in Bellingham, Washington. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP

Melissa Kim, MD, FAAP, is a pediatric hospitalist at Maui Memorial Medical Center. She received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and completed her pediatric residency at University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Most recently, she served as a pediatric hospitalist at Nemours Children’s Health System at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, Florida, and Nemours Children’s Urgent Care in Melbourne, Florida. Dr. Kim is also an assistant professor, global status, in the department of pediatrics at her alma mater, Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH

Elisa Zaragoza Macias, MD, MPH, joins the cardiology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Macias completed her internal medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she also earned her Master of Public Health degree. She completed fellowships in cardiology and adult congenital heart disease at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. She comes to Kaiser Permanente from PeaceHealth Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington, where she served as echocardiography laboratory director and adult congenital heart disease director. Dr. Macias is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and adult congenital heart disease.

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH

Shauna Raboteau, DO, MPH, practices family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Nanaikeola Clinic. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California, where she also earned her Master of Public Health. Dr. Raboteau completed her family medicine residency through the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority in Puyallup, Washington, serving as chief resident. She is board eligible in family medicine.

 

Tom Feng, MD

Tom Feng, MD

Tom Feng, MD, joins the urology department at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his urology residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He also completed a robotics and laparoscopic fellowship at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.


About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Supports Community Health Initiatives With $105,000 in Grants

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 105,000 in community benefit grant funding to three neighbor island nonprofits working to improve community health and promote active living.

“Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles helps our keiki develop good habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re proud to support community initiatives that enable our children to get outdoors and thrive.”

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii was awarded $ 45,000 to promote accessible, safe bikeways and pathways for Hawaii Island residents through the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council, founded in 2013 with funding from Kaiser Permanente. PATH will develop a Safe Routes to School master plan for Hawaii County, with Walk to School Day programs in 12 schools and bike-share programs in Hilo and Kona. PATH will also provide a three-day bike safety education program and helmets to 1,200 students in 18 Hawaii Island schools.

Boys and Girls Club of Maui received $ 40,000 to promote healthy eating and physical activity among after-school program participants on Maui. The Triple Play program will support a Healthy Habits curriculum with nutrition, education and fitness components, encourage more physical activity and help youth track the progress of their health and fitness goals. The program will take place at six Boys and Girls Club of Maui clubhouses, reaching approximately 1,500 youth between the ages of 6 and 17.

Maui Economic Development Board was awarded $ 20,000 to expand STEM programming in schools and after-school programs in order to increase student interest in science, health care and technology fields. The grant also aims to improve students’ self-confidence, team-building skills and social skills. It will also help build career pathways for local youth by implementing 32 education and workforce development programs in 29 schools across the state. The program is expected to serve 14,000 students and teachers in Maui County, and an additional 31,000 statewide.


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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 119,000 in community benefit grant funding to three nonprofits seeking to promote economic opportunity and support workforce development throughout the state.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the shortage of health care workers and promoting economic opportunities in Hawaii,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Supporting Hawaii’s health care sector, and helping small businesses grow and create jobs are among many ways we are committed to a thriving Hawaii.”

Hawaii Community College (via UH Foundation) was awarded $ 69,333 for the school’s nursing program to help address health care labor shortages on Hawaii Island. Ninety percent of the school’s nursing graduates — approximately 40 students per year — go on to work in health care positions on Hawaii Island, addressing a critical need for care providers in rural areas. The grant will be used to purchase a simulation mannequin that provides essential clinical education and hands-on skills learning to maintain accreditation for the nursing program.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, in partnership with Mana Up (via YWCA Oahu), received $ 35,000 to promote economic opportunity, counseling and training for locally owned small businesses, with a specific focus on women’s leadership development. The nonprofits will offer a 10-month professional development course for 11 emerging women leaders, as well as a 12-week accelerator program for 20 local small businesses.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $ 15,000 to expand scholarships for health care students in Hawaii. A shortage of providers in primary care, specialty care, mental health and oral health care, especially on neighbor islands, affects the health of the entire state. HHERF plans to offer scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 to 15 or more Hawaii health care students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy and health care IT.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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