Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports Spring 2016 - Page 5

Kapi‘olani Soirée Since its inception, Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children has been dedicated to providing high quality care to Hawai‘i’s women and children. Donations play a key role in ensuring Kapi‘olani is able to provide any patient in need, regardless of their ability to pay. On Sept. 5, 2015, the Kapi‘olani Soirée raised $500,000 in net proceeds for Kapi‘olani’s Child Life and Chaplaincy programs. Both of these programs help patients and their families cope with hospitalization and treatment, and would not be possible without the support of our donors. The Chaplain program provides spiritual support for patients, families and staff members at the hospital. Kapi‘olani is fortunate to have two chaplains who are on call 24/7, and whose services are continually available to families even after the patient is discharged. At age five, Taylor was diagnosed with acute remission again. She is now 13 years old, canChild Life specialists are a vital lifeline to our young patients, as they help bridge the myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood cer free, with a passion for cooking, playing gap between home and the hospital. These individuals coordinate with doctors, nurses cells. She received chemotherapy and led as the drums, riding horses and surfing. and other care professionals to ensure that life remains as normal as possible for our much of a normal life as she could. When the dreamsan that one day she can help patients. They cover everything from playtime Taylor to providing educational liaison to other doctors said she was in remission, she and her children with the same condition, by becomhelp with homework. family were overjoyed. For two years, Taylor ing Members a Pediatric Oncologist. Help support the Co-chaired by Kapi‘olani Health Foundation Board Michelle Ho and Kimberly was back to her usual routine, but then, at dreams like Taylor. Dey, the soirée gathered Kapi‘olani supporters for a nightof ofchildren glitzy Uptown meets urban eight and a half years old, she relapsed. DocDowntown by transforming a Kaka‘ako warehouse into the vibe of New York. Hawai‘i tors told her that this time she would need a Taylor’s Pin News Now Sunrise anchor Dan Cooke volunteered his services as the night’s emcee, bone marrow transplant. The news hit hard as “I designed a special Champion pin, the Aloha while internationally acclaimed storyteller and Hawai‘i’s first poet laureate, Kealoha, this type of treatment typically meant a trip Surfboard,” which represents my passion for performed with inspiration stemming from three Kapi‘olani patients: Kassian Neal, to the mainland, but Taylor was able to be- surfing in Hawaii.  The ‘L’ in Aloha symbolizes Keegan Passos and Taylor Tagatac. Kealoha spoke of the turning points in our lives that come the very first person to have the type of the cancer ribbon and the color orange is for bone marrow treatment she needed in Hawaii. leukemia.  The ‘O’ in Aloha is a gold hibiscus to Taylor’s Dad, Frank, was the bone marrow do- symbolize childhood cancer.” – Taylor Tagatac nor. In February of 2011, Taylor was officially in Kapi‘olani Construction Update Thanks to the generosity of donors, the first phase of a multi-year master plan to rebuild Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is in the final stretch. Kapi‘olani’s new Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Building will be completed in July 2016. The 200,000-square-foot building will provide additional space to meet the growing needs of Hawai‘i’s only fullservice children’s specialty hospital. Taking center stage is the expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which will be five times as large as the current NICU space. Growing from an 8,000-square-foot open-floor plan to a 40,000-square-foot floor with 70 private rooms, the new NICU will be equipped with the latest technology and allow parents and caregivers the ability to stay overnight. Research shows that patients heal better and faster when families are involved in their care. A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) also will feature 14 private patient rooms. Other services in the new building include an adult Medical Surgical Unit with 12 private rooms, an outpatient clinic and an expanded pediatric rehabilitation center. There also will be a conference center with an auditorium and education rooms to support Kapi‘olani’s commitment to academic medicine and research, and medical education and training for physicians and staff. define us – those that are marked by ceremonies and celebrations for some and those SAVE THE DATE that are marked by scars for others. Each of these patients has faced numerous medical JULY 2016 hardships and overcame various obstacles to get to where they are today. They know what it’s like to fight for their lives, yet they still view each day with bright eyes. OPEN HOUSE We would like to thank our volunteer soirée committee and sponsors for helping to Kapi‘olani Neonatal and make this event a success. We are grateful for their generosity in supporting our hospital Pediatric Intensive Care and vital mission. Unit Building 3