Kōkua Mau eNewsletter
May 2014

Aloha Kōkua Mau,

Happy May.  We have great news about our successful POLST legislation and Kaiser Permanent receiving Advanced Certification in Palliative Care.  I hope to see you at some of the events this month and thank everyone who has renewed their membership or become new members.  It isn't too late and we count on your membership to keep our programs going.  Full details are below. 

POLST Legislation

We are happy to report the the POLST legislation to expand signing privileges to APRNs is waiting for the Governor's signature and should go into effect on July 1!! 

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible especially Senator Roz Baker who introduced the bill and Senator Josh Green and Representative Della Au Belatti who helped move it through the process. 

The Kōkua Mau POLST Task Force is made up of Drs. Cherylee Chang and Daniel Fischberg, Queen's Medical Center; Dr. Libby Char; Ken Zeri, Hospice Hawaii; Keith Ridley, DOH; and Jeannette Koijane, Kōkua Mau.  Additionally we had great support from Malia Espinda, QMC, and Kathleen Yokouchi and Valisa Saunders, Hawaii State Center for Nursing. 

There was support for the legislation from a wide variety of organizations who submitted supportive testimony and attended hearings throughout the process including Healthcare Association of Hawaii, The Queen's Medical Center, Hawaii Pacific Health, HMSA, The Department of Health, the Executive Office on Aging, UHA, the Hawaii Association of Health Plans, the Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses, Hawaii State Rural Health Association, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Maui County Office on Aging, Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency, Lanai Community Health Center, and a cadre of individual well-spoken nurses, many of whom are Kōkua Mau members. 

We are now working on revising the forms, updating the website and developing support material.  We will also be developing training materials so if you are interested in a POLST training, please let Jeannette know


Congratulation on Advance Palliative Care Certification to Kaiser


Congratulations to Kaiser Permanente for receiving Advanced Certification for Palliative Care for their Inpatient Palliative Care Program at Moanaloa Hospital from The Joint Commission on March 13, 2014.


Certification for Palliative Care is designed to recognize hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.They are the first Kaiser hospital in the country to receive this designation and had a perfect score!   


Congratulations to everyone at Kaiser for all of the hard work this certification represents and their commitment to palliative care in Hawai'i.   


In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
POLST Legislation Update
Advance Palliative Care Certfication
5/13 Oncology on Canvas
5/21 Pallitive Pupus
5/22 Bereavement Network
5/29 Kokua Mau Meeting
Video: Confronting Mortality
Tool Kit: CHF
Please Join Kokua Mau
Tues. 5/13 Oncology on Canvas

This year 4 hospitals - Queens, Kaiser, Kapi'olani and Tripler - celebrated Oncology on Canvas on the same day, April 12.

The moving works of art produced by people with cancer, their loved ones and caregivers, will be on display at Honolulu Hale from May 12-29.  The opening reception is on May 13 from 5:30pm -7:30pm.  Please join us.

Wed. 5/21 Palliative Pupus

Please join us for another dynamic, inter-disciplinary, case-based discussion from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care: Palliative Pupus

Wed. May 21
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Details on the case will be shared as we approach the date but please put this education and networking event on your calendar.


Thurs. 5/22 Bereavement Network of Hawaii

The next quarterly meeting will be held

Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Borthwick Mortuary

1330 Maunakea Street


Please RSVP by 5/15 to FMarquezWong@StFrancisHawaii.org 


The presenter will be Cynthia White, E.D., Kids Hurt Too, "Integrating Hawaiian Culture into Grief Support Services" plus film: "Poi For the Soul"


Thur. 5/29 Kōkua Mau Meeting

We hope you can join us for the Monthly Kokua Mau Meeting this month.  Our guest speaker will be Heather Chun from the Executive Office on Aging talking about Time Banking for Respite Care.  This is a new concept for Hawaii and Heather will be describing the pilot project she is working on.  Additionally there will be updates and announcements so if you would like to be included on the agenda, contact Jeannette

Thursday May 29
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu


Video: Confronting Mortality

The recent New York Academy of Science & Nour Foundation Forum in New York City "Confronting Mortality: Faith and Meaning Across Cultures" is now online. It is a discussion with Kokua Mau's own Lani Leary and Dr. Kripal and Dr. Kellehear.  Thank you to Lani for sharing the link with us.


GMCF Tool Kit: Reducing Hospitalization of Home Health Patients with CHF

You may be interested in this best practice home health tool kit: "Reducing Hospitalization of Home Health Patients with CHF."  The purpose of this Tool Kit, developed by Alliant GMCF, also known as Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF), is to assist Home Health Agencies in managing patients with congestive heart failure.

The PDF of the 27 page document can be found on our website. Thank you to Robert Eubanks for sharing the tool kit with us.

Please Join Kōkua Mau and Support our work!! 

As we start May, we encourage you to please renew your Kōkua Mau Membership. In honor of 2014 we are striving for 114 members this year. And yes, membership is tax-deductible.  

Membership and donations are an essential part of keeping Kōkua Mau fiscally sustainable. Individual Membership starts at $40 although the average membership is $100 and we welcome any level of support. We especially encourage organizational membership by community leaders that support our mission. Please contact Jeannette for details.


And indeed, with all donations going into programs we don't offer you a t-shirt, a tote bag with our logo, or even a pencil.  We can offer you: the low cost version of a virtual Kokua Mau mug

How do I join?


Please download our membership form and put it with a check in the good old mail. Or all online: chose your membership level and click the Donate Now button on the right hand side of the webpage. Please put 'membership' in the 'Designation (Optional)' field, click 'add to giving cart' and follow the subsequent steps. We know, the free version of network for good does not look exciting but it is free. Thank you! 


Benefits of Joining Kōkua Mau?


Kōkua Mau, is a local non-profit, community-benefit organization. (We are not a state agency!) Kōkua Mau is fueled by the passion of dedicated volunteers with a lean budget and every penny spent on making our work possible. Your generous tax-deductible gift will allow us to have a real impact on improving quality of life for those with serious illness and their loved ones.    

For over 14 years, Kōkua Mau has been a voice for outstanding hospice and palliative care and services in Hawai'i, providing high-quality information, trainings and ever growing networking opportunities.


Please contact Jeannette with any questions. 

Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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