UHA Health Insurance Supports Wahiawā Health
Wahiawā Health - left to right
Kealoha Fox (Board Member), Scott Harada (Board Secretary), Howard Lee (UHA President & CEO), Bryan Talisayan (Chief Operations Officer), Lucio Pascua (Chief Medical Officer), Jay Raymundo (Board President), Eilene Hirota (Board Member), Taite Sukamoto (Board Member). Sitting: Thelma "Aunty Aloha" Kikipi (Board Member)
UHA Health Insurance Donates $10,000 to Wahiawā Center
for Community Health to Support Rural Health Care
Honolulu, HI (May 24, 2018) – At a ceremony yesterday, UHA Health Insurance (UHA) donated $10,000 to the Wahiawā Center for Community Health (Wahiawā Health).
Support for rural health care has been a giving priority for UHA; in addition to the donation to Wahiawā Health, the organization has been a financial supporter of a loan-repayment program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine that assists doctors who serve in rural areas.
In support of area small business, yesterday’s post-donation reception was catered by Marian’s of Wahiawā, the parent company of Dots, a Central O‘ahu institution.
Bev Harbin, Wahiawā Health’s executive director, accepted the $10,000 check with nearly three dozen staff and board members in attendance. Representing UHA Health Insurance at the donation ceremony was President and CEO Howard Lee.
“As a federally qualified health center as of Jan. 1, 2018, Wahiawā Health looks to donors such as UHA to help provide needed equipment, pediatric furniture and so many necessities that a new non-profit struggles to afford. The people of Wahiawā have gone so long without their own health center that the needs are so overwhelming; help from organizations such as UHA will make this a proud place for Wahiawā,” says CEO Harbin.
“It’s only natural that people prefer to receive health care as close to their homes as possible since travel can be a barrier for a number of reasons,” explains Lee of UHA. “Wahiawā Health plays a critical role in keeping our neighbors in Central O‘ahu healthier and happier as access to care is absolutely critical to good overall health.”
About Wahiawā Center for Community Health
Incorporated in 2012 and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity, Wahiawā Health received official designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in December 2017. Wahiawā Health brings affordable, high-quality and accessible care to the people of Wahiawā – regardless of ability to pay and on a sliding discount – in alignment with its mission: "In the spirit of aloha and compassion, Wahiawā Health provides access to affordable, quality health care and wellness services to promote a healthy community."
About UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance)
UHA was founded as University Health Alliance in 1996 by a group of physician faculty at University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine. UHA provides medical, drug and vision plans to more than 4,600 Hawai‘i employer groups and nearly 62,000 members. As the only health plan in Hawai‘i founded by physicians, it was the first to offer preventive and wellness care focused health plans in the state, and now offers one of the largest physician and provider networks in Hawai‘i. By meeting strict quality standards to ensure clinically sound decision-making that respects the rights of patients and medical providers, UHA received accreditation in Health Utilization Management through URAC, the independent non-profit that promotes healthcare quality.