Saturday June 16th Community Meeting to Discuss NHCH Concerns 6-8pm at the Waimea Elem School CafeteriaSubmitted by margaretwille on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 11:23am
Because we are concerned about the North Hawaii Community Hospital's choices and priorities:
Women's Center and Its Birthing Unit Being Dismantled - 2/3 of current clientele refused services "overnight"
Sleep Disorders Center closed "overnight"
Doctors being let go "overnight" (or contract not renewed)... anesthetists, hospitalist (general hospital doctor)
Nurses and midwife quitting because they do not want to work under these conditions
Financial persons who questioned the accounting for the Women's Center's birthing unit let go "over night"
(just after he moved here and purchased a home)
[These employees are subject to gag orders -- i.e. ordered not to speak to the community -- or else!]
Key members of the Board of Directors (Sharon Vitousek and Carolyn Quick) just resigned from the Board
Important grant that would have benefited the Women's Center/Birthing Unit "falls through the cracks"
Task Force (that disagreed with Administration's hardline position) terminated "overnight"
Hawaiian healthcare program gets low priority administrative support
Rooms that could be used for patient rooms, instead being used for "boutique" hospital doctor's offices
-- even though there are not enough patient rooms so some must be transported to other hospitals
State legislation that would immediately bring this hospital about 4 million that is now at risk --not
being lobbied for aggressively
NHCH's community volunteers concerned they are being underutilized
We ask you:
-SHOULD WE STAND BY SILENTLY AND WATCH OUR BELOVED HOSPITAL BE SUBJECT TO THIS TYPE OF MANAGEMENT ?
-AND HOW DO WE AS A COMMUNITY SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - in the face of these disturbing actions?
-CAN WE CORRECT SOME OF THESE WRONGS?
-HOW DO WE SUPPORT STAFF WHO ARE SUBJECT TO GAG ORDERS SO THAT THEY WILL STAY WHILE WE WORK OUT THIS SITUATION?
BRING YOUR IDEAS, QUESTIONS, AND SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION, TO THIS COLLABORATIVE BRAINSTORMING SESSION.
and thank you for your concern...
Members of the North Kohala Community Should Take Credit For Getting the Marines to Agree to Limited Use of UpoluSubmitted by margaretwille on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 9:03pm
WHT June 13, 2012, Military to limit use of Upolu
If you want to know why the Military revised its plan watch the video below of the exchange with North Kohala community members and the Marine representatives at the information meeting held in Waimea last December:
HERE IS THE VIDEO PRESENTATION: DEFINITELY WATCH THIS:
The point has also been made by many -- that generally this theater is viewed as being marketed for productions that appeal to only a select high end sector of the community. We need to broaden the community support base. To that end, I suggested that over this interim that arrangements be made for use by the area schools -- as a teaching forum. Rather than having performers come to perform for students... students should be able to use this stage for learning -- not just for performing arts... but as a way to add performance to any subject. This is just one way of encouraging broader community investment.
What are your ideas?
Here are a few photos of the live shots.
The Outdoor Circle's Waimea Nature Park is called "Ulu La'au" - a garden of trees -- which for me celebrates and aptly describes Waimea as well -- as a big garden of trees. Well recently you may have had the opportunity to enjoy the little gardens of trees at the annual Waimea Bonsai show. If you missed it -- here are a few photos -- to encourage you to attend next year. I am always inspired by the beauty and grace and spirit of each of these displays.
And HERE is a link to the Ulu La'au Nature Park
^A melodious thrush and some other residents from Waimea