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Kuakini at a Glance

347 North Kuakini Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

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   • Founded as the Japanese Charity Hospital, April 1900
   • Kuakini Hospital and Home, 1942
   • Kuakini Medical Center, 1975
   • Kuakini Health System, 1984
   • Kuakini is the last existing hospital in the United States established by Japanese Immigrants
   • Kuakini celebrated its 100-year anniversary in the year 2000

   • Kuakini Medical Center (KMC)
   • Kuakini Geriatric Care, Inc. (KGC)
   • Kuakini Foundation (KF)
   • Kuakini Support Services, Inc. (KSS)

   • KMC is a non-profit organization licensed by the Department of Health and approved to have a maximum of 212 acute care beds.
   • KMC is accredited by the Joint Commission.
   • KMC is certified by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
   • KMC is certified by the American Health Care Association (AHCA). CLICK HERE to view the AHCA certification letter
   • KMC is certified by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH). CLICK HERE to view the HAH membership certificate.
   • KMC is a teaching hospital with accredited programs in medical residency, surgical residency and geriatric fellowship under the John A. Burns School of Medicine.
   • KMC is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as an approved cancer program.
   • KMC's Laboratory Department is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
   • KMC's Laboratory's Blood Bank is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)/College of American Pathologists (CAPS).
   • KMC's mammography service (acute hospital and Plaza Imaging) is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
   • KGC is certified by the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
   • KGC is a non-profit organization licensed by the Department of Health for 40 SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) Beds, 147 ICF (Intermediate Care Facility) Beds, and 34 residential care home beds.
   • KGC's Adult Day Care Program is licensed by the Department of Human Services to operate a day care center for elderly and disabled adults.
   • Pali Day Care Center is licensed for 40 participants.
   • Aiea Day Care Center is licensed for 42 participants.
   • KMC is licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use of radioactive materials in Nuclear Medicine services.
   • KMC is licensed by the Department of Health as a radiation facility.
   • KMC's Continuing Medical Education program is accredited by the Hawaii Medical Association.

Administrative Officers
Gary K. Kajiwara, President and Chief Executive Officer
Gregg Oishi, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
June Drumeller, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Virginia Walker, Vice President, Nursing Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Quin Ogawa, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Nobuyuki Miki, M.D., Vice President, Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer  

Mission Statement
The mission of Kuakini Health System is to improve the health status of the community by:
   • providing comprehensive health care services and programs at reasonable cost,
   • continuously improving the quality of health care services and programs,
   • encouraging clinical research, supporting training and educational programs for health care personnel, and
   • offering community service programs.

Centers of Excellence
Kuakini Health System is a leader in the areas of:
   • Cancer (Oncology) care - Including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and cancer rehabilitation.
   • Cardiac care - Including open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization and angioplasty, and cardiac rehabilitation.
   • Gastroenterology Services - Including endoscopy and gastroscopy.
   • Geriatric care - Including geriatric medicine, long term care, and adult day services.
   • Orthopedic surgery - Including arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement, and related rehabilitation services.
   • Pulmonary disease treatment - Including video bronchoscopy, sleep disorder testing, and pulmonary rehabilitation.
   • Research - KHS sponsors several federally funded and internationally recognized research programs and clinical research in various area such as clinical trials for cancer care.
   • Telemedicine and Cyberhealth - Including the use of telemedicine for direct patient care, patient-physician consultation, physician training and education, and health education.

Other Facts
   • The Kuakini Health System Auxiliary is the largest active auxiliary/volunteer group for a health care organization in the state of Hawaii (over 400 members contributing more than 38,000 hours annually.) Savings in labor costs are estimated at more than $304,500 annually, based on Hawaii's minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

   • Kuakini is an owner/member of Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare alliance in the U.S. Premier brings together an alliance of approximately 3,000 hospitals and 110,000 healthcare providers for group purchasing benefits, networking, consulting services and benchmarking.

   • Kuakini Medical Center was the sixth largest private acute care hospital in Hawaii in 2012. (*Statistic taken from Pacific Business News List of Hospitals)