Mak­ing A Dif­fer­ence, One Pa­tient At A Time

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Ale­gendary jazz vo­cal­ist; a brave stu­dent at Cen­tral Union Preschool; a ded­i­cated founder of Hawai‘i Meals on Wheels; a long­time news an­chor and beloved re­porter. Th­ese are the he­roes who have in­spired the lo­cal com­mu­nity and will gala, an an­nual tra­di­tion for Hospice Hawai‘i that falls in line with Na­tional Hospice & Pal­lia­tive Care Month.

Es­tab­lished in 1979 with the goal of sup­port­ing pat i ents with l i f e- l i mit­ing i l l nesses and t heir fam­i­lies, Hospice Hawai‘i was founded when a group of 11 vi­sion­ar­ies in end-of-life care joined forces to pro­vide pal­lia­tive care and sup­port to en­hance pa­tient com­fort and pro­mote the high­est qual­ity of life. For Hospice Hawai‘i, hospice care is all about liv­ing your end-of-life jour­ney with dig­nity and com­fort, and above all, it’s about choos­ing how you want to live for as long as pos­si­ble.

Hawai‘i is a lead­ing provider of qual­ity end-of-life care for Hawai‘i’s com­mu­nity. Our or­ga­ni­za­tion is com­prised of a team of trained and com­mit­ted care­givers ded­i­cated to help­ing pa­tients and their fam­i­lies face this tran­si­tion with hope and with­out fear, sur­rounded by un­con­di­tional love. In or­der to ful­fill this com­mit­ment, we of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary pro­gram of care de­signed to sup­port pa­tient choices, pre­serve their dig­nity and al­low them to live as fully as pos­si­ble in what­ever place they call home.

Hospice Hawai‘i wouldn’t be able to pro­vide the ser­vices that it does with­out the gen­er­ous sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity. One av­enue of sup­port is through events like ors our Hall of He­roes and very spe­cial mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who have sup­ported our mis­sion to bring hope, re­duce fears and im­pact lives. This year’s theme is Oceans of Won­der, and will take place on Satur­day, Nov. 11, at Wai‘alae Coun­try Club. The spe­cial evening will honor the lives and lega­cies of Jimmy Borges, Grayson Gou­veia, Ir­m­gard Hor­mann, and Kirk Matthews. Com­mu­nity awards will also be pre­sented to Percy Ihara, Dr. Ser­ena Lo and Stat Med­i­cal Inc.

To learn more about Hospice Hawai‘i’s pro­grams and ser­vices, make a do­na­tion or reg­is­ter as a vol­un­teer, visit hos­pice­hawaii. org or call 924-9255. Hawai‘i char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions may send re­quests for space in ei­ther Proof Pos­i­tive or the free ad­ver­tise­ment be­low to bmoss­man@mid­

(From left) Ken Zeri, pres­i­dent and chief pro­fes­sional of­fi­cer of Hospice Hawai‘i; Jim Al­berts of Hawai­ian Elec­tric Com­pany and cur­rent board chair; and Lance Tanaka of Par Hawai‘i and im­me­di­ate past board chair at last year’s Na Hoa Malama fundraiser.

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