Kapiolani Health Foundation
I believe that love is the basis for everything.
You can’t heal without love.
Donna Brown, mother of Kahiau
(Kapiolani patient with cerebral palsy)
Ways Your Support Helps
As a not-for-profit medical center, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children relies on the community to fulfill its mission of creating a healthier Hawaii. Generous donors play a vital role in helping Hawaii's only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty medical center provide exceptional medical care to women, children and families.
Our specialty services for patients throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, critical care air transport and maternal fetal medicine.
Our dedicated funding opportunities channel your gifts to the areas you care about most. To learn more about the various funds created to support Kapiolani Medical Center, contact our foundation at 808-535-7100.
Child Life Services
Kapiolani Medical Center’s Child Life Services encompasses three areas: Child Life Specialists, Education Liaison Tutoring Program and Integrated Services. The Child Life Specialists manage the play therapy program for inpatients and outpatients. They also manage the Playroom, a dedicated space where pediatric patients can play in a safe haven and forget about being sick and hospitalized. Play Therapy activities are vital to care and recovery by allowing patients an opportunity to learn about their illness and socialize in a fun setting with other patients and siblings. The Education Liaison is the connection to school and helps patients keep up with their school assignments. Integrated Services offers natural and holistic therapies such as healing touch, aromatherapy and infant massage.
Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team
As an island community, we serve patients and families across the Hawaiian Islands. Funding supports statewide critical care transport services via airplane and/or ambulance, 365 days a year. A registered nurse and a registered respiratory therapist accompany children on Oahu, as well as on flights between the Hawaiian Islands and to the mainland. Kapiolani’s Pediatric Critical Care Transport team is specially trained to care for tiny babies and sick children, providing the highest level of intensive care throughout their transport.
We understand that providing the best care for women and children facing life-threatening and life-ending illness isn’t just about clinical medicine. Palliative Care support exists in the funding of the Chaplaincy Program and Butterfly Program. Kapiolani’s chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and family members that respect and honor cultural beliefs and rituals. The goal of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life for medically fragile and complex patients and their families.
Women have unique health needs and concerns, and often put their families’ health first. Women’s Center funding has allowed us to purchase state-of-the-art equipment like tomosynthesis (3D breast imaging) and ultrasound units, assists with patient navigation, provides medication and medical supplies to patients in need, and furthers our public and patient education and outreach. The High-Risk Breast Program at Kapiolani aims to prevent breast cancer by identifying problems early, and providing women with the necessary resources they need to manage their risk. The Kapiolani Women’s Center is the first Oahu facility to be named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the doctors who specialize in mammography and breast diagnostics by the American College of Radiology.
Every Donation Counts
Your gifts to Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center are invaluable. They help us create a healthier Hawaii for our patients, our communities and our state.
Gifts to our Hawaii Pacific Health medical centers enable us to:
- Create programs for preventive care, lifesaving services and emotional support.
- Invest resources to promote health and well-being.
- Purchase equipment to advance technology.
- Train physicians and caregivers, transforming patient care now and for the future.