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Na Kama Kai elects Layla Dedrick as vice chair

Na Kama Kai elects Layla Dedrick as vice chair

Na Kama Kai elects Layla Dedrick as vice chair

HONOLULU - www.bellapietra.com - Bella Pietra owner Layla Dedrick was recently elected vice chair of Na Kama Kai, an Oahu organization for keiki whose mission it is to empower youth by creating, conducting and supporting ocean-based programs to increase the capacity of youth in the community through Hawaiian values, culture and environmental education.

"We are thrilled that Layla will be serving as our new vice chair," said Duane DeSoto, Na Kama Kai founder and chief executive officer. "Her leadership, love for the community, and business acumen will surely serve our organization well."

U.S. News Recognizes Queen's as Best Hospital in Hawaii

U.S. News Recognizes Queen's as Best Hospital in Hawaii

The following information is provided by U.S. News:

Washington D.C. – July 17, 2012 – The Queen’s Medical Center has been recognized as Best Hospital in Hawaii by the U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 hospitals are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

The rankings recognized The Queen’s Medical Center as “high-performing” in the following specialties: Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

“The Queen’s Medical Center is honored to be nationally recognized as the Best Hospital in our state,” said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen’s Medical Center.

UnitedHealthcare Names Dr. Ron Fujimoto as Chief Medical Officer of Community Plan

UnitedHealthcare Names Dr. Ron Fujimoto as Chief Medical Officer of Community Plan

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) announced Dr. Ron Fujimoto has joined UnitedHealthcare’s Community Plan for Hawaii as the new chief medical officer. His daily clinical duties will include complex case reviews, appropriate care reviews, clinical leadership for the internal clinical team and overseeing cost-effective initiatives. The position has been expanded to include serving as a medical liaison and providing relationship building with external provider partners through collaborative projects. Dr. Fujimoto will also have oversight on quality improvement and patient safety activities.

Dr. Fujimoto joined UHC Hawaii after seven years of serving as the medical director in HMSA’s Care Management Department where he was responsible for various areas including credentialing, quality improvement and disease management. He also had clinical oversight for HMSA’s Pharmacy Management Department quality and patient safety projects.

First Insurance Company Named One of the Nation's Top 50 Property & Casualty Company for Fourth Year

First Insurance Company Named One of the Nation's Top 50 Property & Casualty Company for Fourth Year

First Insurance Company of Hawaii announced today it has been named one of the nation’s top 50 property and casualty insurance companies for the fourth consecutive year – an honor that puts it in the top 2 percent of all insurance companies nationwide. The Ward Group, which specializes in insurance company benchmarking, analyzes more than 3,100 property and casualty companies in the United States and lists the top companies as the “Ward’s 50.”

“An important aspect of our philosophy is taking a long-term view of our business. We factor that into all of our critical decisions to ensure our continued stability,” said Allen Uyeda, First Insurance president and CEO. “Our inclusion in the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing companies validates the hard work we have invested in earning the continued trust of our policyholders and ensuring our financial strength over the longterm.”

Island Insurance Achieves Top 50 National Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

Island Insurance Achieves Top 50 National Recognition for Fifth Consecutive Year

Island Insurance Company, Ltd., the State’s largest locally-owned property and casualty insurance carrier, has been recognized as one of the Top 50 property and casualty insurance companies in the nation by the Ward Group for the fifth consecutive year.  The Ward Top 50 recognition places Island Insurance within the top 2% of the leading property and casualty insurers in the nation.  Island Insurance is the first Hawaii-based property and casualty insurance company to achieve the Top 50 recognition for five consecutive years.

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Statehood Day Holiday

Hawaii's Public Libraries will Observe Statehood Day Holiday

All public libraries will be closed in observance of the Statehood Day 2012 Holiday on Friday, August 17.

Four libraries normally closed on Fridays – Aiea Public Library, Hawaii Kai Public Library, Liliha Public Library, and Makawao Public Library – will also be closed on Saturday, August 18 to observe the holiday.  Kaimuki Public Library, normally closed on Fridays and Saturdays, will also be closed on Sunday, August 19 in observance of the holiday.   

Visit www.librarieshawaii.org or call your local library for more information.