Leahi Hospital Celebrates National Nursing Home Week 2008

Wedding VowsHonolulu, Hawaii — Leahi Hospital, as part of its National Nursing Home Week activities, May 12-16, hosted a renewal of wedding vows event for three couples. The nursing home staff honored Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dornan, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Clark, and, Mr. and Mrs. George Tamura who celebrated their 68th, 47th, and 50th anniversaries, respectively.

“This is a chance for us to celebrate these significant milestones,” said Vincent Lee, Leahi Hospital chief executive officer. “Hawaii needs to hear the positive story of these couples who have made the commitment to stay together, in spite of all the past, present, and future challenges. This celebration provides us with an opportunity to recognize these outstanding couples and how they reflect our theme, ‘Love is Ageless’ so well!”

All three couples renewed their vows together on the North Trotter patio under the warmth of the morning sun. The romantic ceremony concluded with each couple kissing each other and then collectively cutting a piece of the wedding cake to feed one another. The ceremony was followed by an extensive photo and interview session with all of Honolulu’s major media outlets.


Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dornan — Howard Dornan and Laura Thomas grew up in the same dairy farming neighborhood of Farmersville, New York – so was familiar with each other. Since Howard was 10 years older than Laura, he had a chance to date her older sisters first. However, on November 22, 1940, as fate would have it, Howard Dornan married Laura in New York. They had tow children: one daughter and a son. Additionally, the Dornans have 3 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. In 1970 the couple moved to Hawaii. Howard served as the manager for the Mariners Cove Bay Club in Hawaii Kai, while Laura worked as a caregiver at Arcadia. In light of Laura’s unexpected health issues, Howard became her caregiver in 1993. Then in 2001, they sold their Hawaii Kai home and moved into an assistant living facility. Subsequently, Howard began having memory problems and the family was advised to look for a nursing home. As luck would have it, Leahi Hospital had two openings, and both were admitted on February 5, 2008. The Dornans’ word of wisdom is, “It helps if love one another!”

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Clark — With the help of a mutual friend, Vincent Clark met Dolores Blok for the first time at a restaurant in Trenton, Michigan in 1961. Soon after, the couple wed on November 3 that same year. It was a second-time around for both of them. Vince had a daughter and Dolores has two sons from their previous marriages. The Clarks have 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Since Mr. Clark loved what Hawaii offered – ocean and golfing – they visited the islands on a frequent basis since 1976. They finally moved to Hawaii from Arizona in 1996, and continued to enjoy their retirement years. Then in 2007, Vincent suffered a stroke and subsequently, had to be placed in a nursing home. Mr. Clark has been a resident at Leahi Hospital since January 2008. The Clarks’ word of wisdom is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

Mr. and Mrs. George Tamura — George Tamura and Annie Takamori met through a traditional Japanese prearranged marriage in 1957 at Restaurant Café Nagisa, a restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue, owned by her father. Seven months later they were married on February 23, 1958. The Tamuras have one son and one daughter, in addition to on grandchild. After retiring as a long-time cook for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, George enjoyed doing hand-man things around the house, in addition to traveling with Annie. In 2001, George began battling aggressive dementia, which led the family to place him in a care home in Ewa. Subsequently, as his condition worsened, Mr. Tamura’s physician recommended that the family consider a nursing home. Since the Tamura’s resided in Kaimuki, Leahi Hospital was the ideal choice. George was admitted to the Kaimuki long-term care facility on September 25, 2001. The Tamura’s word of wisdom is, “Respect and honor the one you love everyday of your life!”

Leahi Hospital is one of 12 facilities operated and managed by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the State of Hawaii. As the state’s safety-net healthcare system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.

“The medical staff, employees, and management of Leahi Hospital are extremely pleased with this outcome, which reflects our on-going commitment and responsibility to improving quality healthcare for both our residents (long-term patients) and out-patients,” said Vincent H.S. Lee, chief executive officer, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Oahu region. “This collaborative government-provider quality improvement program brings about increased accountability and greater transparency that truly benefits consumers, nursing homes, and regulatory agencies. ”

The CMS program is intended to stimulate improvements in the nursing home’s provision of quality care. Leahi Hospital, located at 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Kaimuki, was classified as a special focus facility on the Medicare Nursing Home website, www.medicare.gov.

Leahi Hospital is one of 12 facilities operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the state of Hawaii. As the state’s community-hospital system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.