Kōkua Mau eNewsletter
June 2014

Aloha Kōkua Mau,

Summer is here but there are still lots of events happening.  I hope the you can join us for the Virtual Palliative Care Conference July 8-10, 2014.  You can participate in this NHPCO Conference without having to leave Hawai'i.  We will be sending registration information next week.  And please join us for the Kōkua Mau meeting on June 26 when Leilani Kapahu-Marino will be talking about Native Hawaiian perspectives on grieving and loss. 

And for those of you who have not yet renewed your Kōkua Mau membership for 2014 (or joined as new members), it is never too late!!  Just do it on line and then you can support Kōkua Mau and won't feel guilty any more!!  (Full Details to the right.) 
Mon 6/16 Open Discussion Forum

What's on your mind about hospice and palliative care?

Please join us at our Open Discussion Forum!

This month's new date and time: Monday, June 16th
from 5 to 7 pm
Ali'i Room at Capital One 360 Cafe
1958 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815

There is free parking behind the cafe and an overflow lot around the block. The cafe sells coffee, tea, baked goods and sandwiches. It is near where Ala Moana Blvd intersects with Kalakaua. Directions and parking instructions.

The room is limited to 20 people. Please RSVP to Leanne -or-Pat
Thur. 6/26 Kōkua Mau Meeting

In June our speaker will be Leilani Kapahu-Marino who will be speaking on Native Hawaiian approaches to Grief.  Leilani is a nurse specializing in palliative care for children and a dynamic speaker.  She is also one of the co-founders of Prince Albert Guild which is bringing perinatal hospice to Hawai'i.

We will also watch the two new ACP Decisions videos made especially for Hawaii with a local focus.

Additionally there will be updates and announcements so if you would like to be included on the agenda, contact Jeannette

Thursday June 26
Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu


July 8, 9 & 10 Virtual Palliative Care Conference 

We will be hosting 'Hot Topics in Palliative Care' a virtual palliative care conference organized by NHPCO (National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization) from July 8 to 10 in Hawai'i.
  • Registration details will follow soon.
  • We will all meet at a site where we can watch the presentations together, staring at 6:30 am (12:30 PM EST)-12:30pm daily
  • You can sign up for one, two or all three days, with a discount offered to Kōkua Mau members.
Each day has a theme and the topics seem very relevant with great speakers. More on our website.

    Tue. July 8 Theme: Community-Based Palliative Care
    Wed. July 9 Theme: Clinical Aspects of Palliative Care
    Thur. July 10 Theme: Palliative Care - Building Relationships

CMEs can be awarded (by NHPCO) for an additional $30 fee.

Congratulations Best Doctors!

Congratulations to our own Kōkua Mau members voted
"Best Doctors in Hawai'i" by Honolulu Magazine in 2014.
  • Daniel Fischberg  
  • Geoff Galbraith
  • Anna Loengard

Congratulations also to other friends of Kokua Mau:


Critical Care Medicine

  • Cherylee Chang
Internal Medicine
  • Brad Chun
Internal and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  
  • Aleza Matayoshi
  • Lam V. Nguyen

Medical Oncology:

  • Jefferey Lee Berenberg


In this Issue and from Past Newsletters:
Mon 6/16 Open Discussion Forum
5/29 Kokua Mau Meeting
Virtual Palliative Care Conference
Best Doctors in Hawaii!!
New App for AHCD
News from Hawai'i
Congratulations to Kapiolani
Kaiser achieves Advance Palliative Care Certfication
POLST Legislation Update
Video: Confronting Mortality
Tool Kit: CHF
Please Join Kokua Mau
Good to know

The American Bar Association has developed a smartphone app intended to make health care directives quickly and easily accessible. The lite version is just for Advance Directives but the Pro version ($3.99) allows storing of AD, POLST and other forms as well as a lot of other features. If anyone uses it, please let us know your experiences.

Thank you to Melissa Bojorquez for sharing that link with us.


News from Hawai'i

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i will close its 24-bed hospice unit in Ewa (O'ahu) next to The Queen's Medical Center West O'ahu on Sept. 30, 2014. It will keep its second hospice facility in Nu'uanu, and it will also maintain its home-based hospice care, which provides the bulk of its hospice care. Details in Pacific Business News.

Islands Hospice will be opening an in-patient hospice house in Kahalui, Maui. Details in Pacific Business News.  

Congratulation on Advance Palliative Care Certification Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children

Congratulations to Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children for receiving the Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission on April 24, 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.

Congratulations to everyone at Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children and HPH for all of the hard work this certification represents and their commitment to palliative care in Hawai'i.  They join Queen's Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente in achieving this distinction and shows the growing commitment to palliative care around Hawaii. 

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.   


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


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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