Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports 2014 - Page 6

BECAUSE OF YOU... Families have a special place for reflection An important part of providing care at Pali Momi Medical Center is meeting the spiritual needs of patients and their families. Located on the second floor next to guest registration, the hospital’s newly renovated chapel offers a peaceful reprieve for those coping with the illness of a loved one. The makeover was a collaborative effort between Pali Momi leadership, staff and the community. Staff pitched in to help with the planning and construction. Donations to the hospital provided new paint, flooring and a custom-designed, stained-glass centerpiece enclosed in a light box. Island families receive the comfort they need The Mitch Kouchi Surgery Center Waiting Area in Wilcox Memorial Hospital, a 341-square-foot lounge and consultation room, is named in recognition of Mitch Kouchi, a member of a long-time Kaua‘i family that has made generous contributions to the hospital. “It is especially fitting that this gift is named in recognition of a family that has done, and continues to do, so much for our Garden Island community,” said Kathy Clark, president and CEO of Wilcox and CEO of Kaua‘i Medical Clinic. “We are honored to work alongside them and the anonymous donor who made the contribution on his behalf, to help the residents of Kaua‘i.” Pictured (L to R) Egan Kouchi, Mitch Kouchi, Ron Kouchi, Scott Kouchi. “The chapel is a work of many people,” says Pali Momi Chaplain Nathan Kohashi. “It’s a sacred space used on a daily basis where people come to find a sense of peace in the midst of pain.” Honoring a legacy helps others Gerald Yoshito Sakaguchi was born in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. His family’s experiences in the camp would influence Sakaguchi throughout his career as an attorney, where he gave his time and expertise to help those who faced injustice. Chaplain Nathan Kohashi in Pali Momi’s newly renovated chapel. The chapel is dedicated to the memory of Pali Momi board member, volunteer and supporter Maude Nishimoto. Local artist Annalee Jones created the chapel’s centerpiece—a stunning stained-glass design featuring an image of the hospital’s iconic sculpture, the ‘āina lani. She also generously built and donated the light box. Sakaguchi instilled these values in his children, and when he passed away in 2012, his son Dr. Bradley Sakaguchi, an OB-GYN at Straub Clinic & Hospital, decided to honor his father’s memory by establishing the Gerald Yoshito Sakaguchi Fund. The fund serves as a legacy to Sakaguchi and his children, who have all contributed to the fund, which supports high-quality medical care for patients who are not able to afford it—a simple, direct support to those in need. Gerald Yoshito Sakaguchi Dr. Bradley Sakaguchi, Straub Physician 4 5