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Great New CEO at North Hawaii Hospital; Time to Figure Out How to Provide for On-site Psychological Services

John White, the new CEO at North Hawaii Hospital is great. He is capable and optimistic and interested in working with the community and staff as a team: our “ohana”. He needs and deserves support. Such a breath of fresh air following the holier than thou attitude of the Waimea elites formerly in control of our hospital. SEE West Hawaii Today "Things are on the Right Track- New CEO" http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/articles/2009/06/10/front/

The mission of North Hawaii Hospital is to provide for the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. John looks forward to our hospital becoming a model of that holistic mission. At this time he has his hands full recruiting needed physicians and working to organize the finances and general routines of the hospital. One important arena he says is important but which he cannot take on is the need for some in-house psychological facilities here in Waimea. Presently there is no facility or staff to address the mental needs of patients. For example if a child or adult is admitted because of an attempted suicide (and suicides are on the rise during these challenging times), as soon as the patient is physically stabilized, this person who is still in need of intense psychological care, must be to the family or transferred away from this community and family to either Kona or Hilo hospitals for further evaluation.

Consistent with our hospital’s mission to address mind and spirit – and not just the physical body – establishing some sort of on-site psychological facility is an essential component, and maybe one that we as a community could facilitate.

[I attended the June 11th North Hawaii Hospital Community Open House]