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Kuakini Health System

Celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2010, Kuakini Health System (a Hawaii Business Top 250 company) ranks among a select few long-running and successful local companies. Beginning as a 38-bed charity hospital, today it provides broad-based health care services including an accredited 212-bed acute care hospital that is also a teaching hospital affiliated with local colleges and universities, leading-edge research programs, geriatric medicine, an on-campus 187-bed long term care facility and state-of-the-art digital imaging and network infrastructure.

“We are a mission-driven organization that has stayed true to our founding purpose of providing care for our citizens and improving the well-being of our community,” says President and CEO Gary Kajiwara on the nonprofit's mission that has guided Kuakini’s business and patient care philosophy.

In the 1960s, Kuakini’s leadership made a pivotal decision to close the medical center’s obstetrics and pediatrics departments to focus on adult care. “It proved to be the key strategic move, as Hawaii’s population began aging,” says Kajiwara. Among its pioneering initiatives are Kuakini’s research programs - internationally recognized studies including the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program, Kuakini Japan-Hawaii Cancer Study and Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study. Since the 1980s, Kuakini has served as the headquarters for the University of Hawaii’s Geriatric Medicine and Fellowship Program.

Encompassing the range of adult health care, Kuakini offers expertise in diverse specialties such as orthopedics, gastrointestinal services, oncology, ambulatory care and Kuakini’s Sleep Disorders Center. With its groundbreaking geriatric services and research on aging, Kuakini is at the forefront of today’s focus on “staying healthy as you age.”

It is possible because of its Health Care Team, “the heart of Kuakini,” consisting of physicians, employees and volunteers. “We recognize how integral our workforce is to maintaining quality patient care and are strongly committed to in-sourcing our major services,” says Kajiwara. Its community support exemplifies Kuakini’s “Caring is Our Tradition,” with individuals comprising its biggest donor base and its approximately 500 member auxiliary/volunteers group which is the largest in the state.

Looking towards the future, Kuakini will continue to focus on providing exceptional, safe patient care and to prepare for the national health care reform legislation. “In the changing health care landscape, we are well-positioned with an all digital imaging facility and developing innovative ways to leverage technology that will improve patient care. Our business philosophy and core values set the strong foundation for serving the young and older adults under our proven tradition of caring,” says Kajiwara.

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