Lani Tsuneishi Named Director of Nursing for Leahi Hospital

Lani TsuneishiHonolulu, Hawaii — Lani Tsuneishi, RN, MSN, has been appointed director of nursing for Leahi Hospital. She will oversee our facility’s nursing services departments.

Ms. Tsuneishi joined Leahi Hospital as an assistant director of nursing in February 2012, and most recently, served as acting director of nursing. Previously, she served as a registered nurse at the state Department of Health – Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe. Tsuneishi has over 30 years of healthcare and nursing experience having worked at Jones Convalescent Hospital, Children’s Hospital and the Department of Health, Immunization Department, Los Angeles, in addition to Kapiolani Children’s Medical Center.

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Around the Leahi Hospital Campus in an Electric Vehicle

Electric VehicleHonolulu, Hawaii — The Maluhia-Leahi Hospital Foundation recently received an electric vehicle donation from Rachael Wong to support Leahi Hospital’s inter- and intra- campus transportation needs.

It took the Leahi Hospital Maintenance Department less than an hour to understand and appreciate the benefits of having a donated Global Electric Motor vehicle added to its existing fleet of vehicles.

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The Leahi Hospital Nursing Office Renovations Are Complete

Leahi RenovationsHonolulu, Hawaii — Renovations of the Leahi Hospital nursing office located on the second floor of the Young Building are complete, and has a fresh, new look. Following extensive renovations, the consolidated nursing office now accommodates a total of nine staff, including the director of nursing, clerks, department secretary, nurse practitioner and nursing supervisors.

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HHSC Oahu Region Using Familiar Communication Tool for CMS Site Inspections

CMS SiteHonolulu, Hawaii — Soon after Leahi Hospital learned about its most recent unannounced Medicare/Medicaid site inspection in July, the Nursing Department became inundated with phone queries from its section heads anxious and curious to learn about the inspection’s new process called Quality Indicator Survey (QIS). So the Information Technology Department was asked to assist.

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Statement on Governor’s Release of $1.3 Million for Leahi Hospital and Maluhia

Honolulu, Hawaii — On August 10, 2012, Governor Neil Abercrombie announced the release of more than $1.3 million for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) for the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Oahu Region:

  • $502,000 for replacement of the electrical vault at Maluhia
  • $34,000 for replacement of a heat pump at Maluhia
  • $400,000 for the conversion of unused laboratories to information technology and fiscal services at Leahi Hospital

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Bon Dance Event at Leahi Hospital Lifts Spirits of Residents

Bon Dance at LeahiHonolulu, Hawaii — When it comes to Leahi Hospital summer treats, the summer Bon Dance continues to be a favorite at the HHSC long-term care facility located in Kaimuki. Under a cool summer night on July 28, residents, resident family members, staff and hospital neighbors were treated to the Hawaii Shin Kobukai Dance Club dancers wearing summer kimonos move in a circle to the beat of a Taiko drum in the Leahi Hospital Front Parking Lot. The mood was joyous with both residents and spectators of all ages.

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HHSC Oahu Region Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members

Honolulu, Hawaii — The Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Oahu Region Board of Directors has named two new members to its board of directors.

“This is a critical time in long-term care as we plan for the needs of Hawaii’s most vulnerable populations. We are fortunate to have strong community leaders on our board to help guide and direct our efforts,” said Coral Andrews, newly-installed board chair. “The Administration and staff at Leahi Hospital and Maluhia have truly fulfilled their roles in responding effectively to the needs of our long-term population for many years. We plan to build upon those efforts through collaboration among the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and engagement with community partners.”

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Maluhia Long-Term Patients Recognized for Military Service

Military ServiceHonolulu, Hawaii — On Thursday, January 26, 2012, two long-term care patients of Maluhia were honored for their outstanding military service during World War II. The 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment and Maluhia hospital staff honored Mr. Yoshiwo Shimabukuro and Mr. George Chinen by presenting each of them with gold medal to commemorate their service and sacrifice.

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HMC-HHSC Oahu Region Patient Placement Update

Ever since Hawaii Medical Center’s announcement to wind down its operations became known, the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and the other hospital systems have had an active role In the placement of its patients. For the HHSC Oahu region, our major responsibility was to assist in the effort of providing continued and uninterrupted quality healthcare to those patients who depend on on-going skill nursing care. I would like to extend my profound appreciation for your exemplary work in responding to this very unfortunate situation.

From the onset of closing process, the assessment team consisting of Maluhia’s Nora Rebucas, Neal Yanagihara and Elvie Del Rosario, in addition to Leahi Hospital’s Ruby Yogi-Yempuku, Pat Palacat, and Lydia Chock worked very closely with the HMC administrative team to ensure that our services would be able to meet the special needs of these patients.

Subsequently, Leahi Hospital was able to admit a total of five former HMC patients, while Maluhia is caring for another five.

Your hard work and all your extra effort that you have put forth during this unexpected period have not gone unnoticed. You understood what the situation was and did what we needed to do – responding effectively to the community challenge to care for these patients while helping to ease the increased level of stress that these patients were experiencing. Your willingness to do what was necessary to care for these patient transfers while caring for the other residents in your unit is one specific example of your giving 110 percent.

Your commitment to provide our residents with the best quality care possible makes me extremely happy, proud and impressed of the true professionals you are.

c. HHSC Oahu Board of Directors
HHSC Corporate Board of Directors
Bruce S. Anderson, HHSC President and Chief Executive Officer