Hawaii Pacific Health Donor Reports Spring 2016 - Page 7

when it comes to cardiac care, we are the care from the first Pali Momi gala. The funds higher standard of care,” said John Kao, MD, will support a second interventional cardiac medical director of cardiology at Pali Momi. catheterization unit, which is scheduled to More than $600,000 was raised for heart be completed in December 2016. Richard & Rita May “Her warmth and ever-present caring for others” is what Richard “Dick” May would say best described his wife and best friend of 47 years, Rita May. Rita and Dick’s ties to Hawai‘i began when they met and got married in the islands while both serving in the United States Air Force. After moving to many places, the Mays’ dream of returning to Hawai‘i came true in 1990. In recent years, Rita became a “....lifesaving services were made possible only through the generosity of our donors.” patient of Pali Momi Medical Center. Her longest hospital stay was for six weeks before passing away in September 2015. During that time, the Mays developed a close bond to everyone from telemetry to respiratory therapy and housekeeping. Dick noted that Rita, always grateful for each act of care, dutifully recorded the names of all of whom she wanted to thank after her hopeful recovery. Following her passing Dick returned to Pali Momi to share Rita’s sentiments with the staff as she would have wanted him to. In addressing the leadership team, Dick said “Pali Momi delivers great care, but it is the caring that makes it so special,” before presenting a $5,000 gift in memory of his late wife. He then mentioned how for his latest birthday, knowing he wouldn’t leave Rita’s bedside, the staff bought him a cake and lei so they could celebrate together. The Mays considered the caregivers at Pali Momi as extended family, and Dick says he plans to continue visiting with his “new ‘ohana” in the years to come. 5