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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Ranks No. 1 in Medicare Measures Nationally

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Medicare plan has received national recognition for the third time this year, ranking No. 1 in the nation on two measures related to comprehensive diabetes care among Medicare patients (LDL cholesterol screening, and LDL levels less than 100). This report comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Quality Compass®, rating effectiveness of care among Medicare members. Nationally, Kaiser Permanente Medicare plans are No. 1 in 15 measures of care, with more top rankings than any other health plan in the nation.

Bennet Group Promotes Andrea Lum to Director

Bennet Group Promotes Andrea Lum to Director

Bennet Group Strategic Communications announced today that it has promoted Andrea Lum from senior account manager to director.


“Andrea has become a trusted advisor to her clients and continually develops fresh, innovative ways to deliver thoughtful, strategic communications campaigns while achieving real results,” said Joan Bennet, president of Bennet Group Strategic Communications. “Andrea’s new position is a result of her tremendous leadership within our company and the vital role she plays as a true communications partner with her clients.”

Rehabilitation Hospital’s Hilo Outpatient Clinic offers Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Rehabilitation Hospital’s Hilo Outpatient Clinic offers Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific’s (REHAB) Hilo Clinic recently added an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill to the outpatient clinic. 

The Alter G anti-gravity treadmill is a technology offering a revolutionary approach to rehabilitation with the ability to defy gravity and work towards regaining function. The differential air pressure technology developed by NASA was enhanced by AlterG to provide precise unweighting in increments to as low as 20 percent of the patient’s body weight. AlterG’s exclusive precision weight bearing control enables patients to determine where exercise becomes pain free and provides medical professionals a way to accurately measure and progress patient rehabilitation.

Latest Kaiser Permanente Technology Innovation Helps Members Love the Skin They're In

Kaiser Permanente today announced the launch of teledermatology, a virtual service allowing dermatologists to view images of suspicious moles, lesions and rashes via Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, their leading edge electronic medical record system.  “Tele-derm” started as a pilot project on Maui and the Big Island and is now available to all Kaiser Permanente patients to improve access to specialists, speed the diagnostic process and improve clinical outcomes.

Through the service, dermatologists review photos sent via secure email server from primary care physicians and determine whether a face-to-face appointment is necessary to further diagnose or treat the condition. The triage process is convenient for patients who do not need to be referred for further care, and leaves more time for specialists to treat patients whose skin problems warrant an in-person visit.

AMA Hawai‘i Announces New Individuals Awards for 38th Annual ‘Hawai‘i Marketer of the Year’

The Hawai‘i chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Hawai‘i) is now accepting applications for the 38th Annual Hawai‘i Marketer of the Year. Winners will be honored at the annual AMA Hawai‘i Marketer of the Year awards luncheon on April 9, 2015 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.

New individual recognitions this year include the AMA Lifetime Achievement award and AMA Young Marketer of the Year.

Companies are encouraged to enter their work in the following categories: Best Marketing of a New Product or Service; Best E-Marketing; Best Rebrand Marketing; Best Marketing of an Event; and Best Non-Profit Marketing.

Last year’s winners included: Hawaiian Host, Hospice Hawaii, Hawaiian Telcom, Aloha Petroleum, Ltd., Focus Opus and Hawaii Fashion Incubator.

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe New Year's Day 2015 Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries Will Observe New Year's Day 2015 Holiday

In observance of the New Year’s Day 2015 Holiday, all public libraries will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015. 

On New Year’s Eve – Wednesday, December 31 – all public libraries that normally offer Wednesday evening hours will close no later than 5 p.m.  Call your local library as closing times will vary.      

Please visit the HSPLS website: www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for regular public service hours.   



Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) recently promoted three staff members to the following positions:


Mariel Moriwake, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, was promoted from designer II to project architect. She joined AHL in 2005 and her focus includes healthcare projects, as well as educational and commercial facilities. She is also a sustainability coordinator. Her recent award-winning projects include Pali Momi Medical Pavilion and Windward Community College Library Learning Commons. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Hawaii.