Kapiolani Breast Exam Kudos

Pamela Young
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Wednesday - October 13, 2010
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Aloha Pamela,

I would like to address the most important message that all women should listen to. I find it most appropriate this month, October, since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I would like to thank all the staff at Kapiolani Women’s Center, Artesian Plaza. What an amazing job all of these professionals do.

I recently visited Kapiolani Women’s Center for my yearly mammogram smash and squash. I go happily each year, since I realize the importance of early detection. Greeted there, you are escorted to a dressing area, where you put on a white robe, then are offered tea and snacks, and a seat in a reading area. The center provides a relaxing atmosphere, and if you did not know what the women were there for, you would think that it’s one of those nicer spas in town. At the end of your testing, you are offered a live, beautiful, long-stemmed rose. I take my rose home, display it proudly and keep it until I get my test results back.

This year, I got one of “Those Letters.” It said that “further testing is needed.” I was rattled, to say the least. You see, my mother and my sister are both survivors. I went in, had more testing, and I would like to say a special thanks to Celeste, who did my additional testing, and to Christine, who performed my ultrasound. Both women were so very caring, informative and obviously dedicated to reassuring me as I went through the entire process. I am happy to report that, for now, I am in the clear.

Gloria Holyak

Dear Gloria,

Kapiolani Women’s Center manager Donna Tsutsumi-Ota is happy you had a pleasant and positive experience. “Celeste Kamihara and Christine Tokunaga are part of the team here that hopes to provide quality service,” she says. “We urge all women to be diligent in their screening, especially during Breast CancerAwareness Month.” For inquiries, call 527-2588.

three star

Aloha Pamela,

I’d like to give APPLAUSE to the surgical staff at The Queen’s Medical Center. My daughter injured her knee playing soccer and needed surgery. The earliest date we were offered was two weeks after school was to start. Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio rearranged her schedule and agreed to perform the surgery on her non-surgical day, and then Audrey, a surgical nurse in the same-day surgery unit, rescheduled her CPR class so she could assist. The surgery was scheduled earlier in the month before school started and my daughter could recuperate at home. Without these caring people, my daughter would have missed classes at HCC and would quite possibly be facing failing her first semester. We are grateful for the care received from Dr. Ignacio, Audrey and the anesthesiologist and the recovery room nurses as well.

Diane MacDonald
Concerned parent

Dear Diane,

Dr. Elizabeth Ignacio, Queen’s orthopedic surgeon and UH assistant professor of surgery, doesn’t feel she’s deserving of APPLAUSE. “As a parent,” she says, “I understood what the MacDonald family went through, so for me, rearranging my schedule was simply the right thing to do. I join the MacDonald family in applauding Audrey Cline and the entire staff at The Queen’s Same Day Surgery Center. People like the MacDonalds and working with a Queen’s staff dedicated to patient care makes my job not only a privilege, but a pleasure and a blessing.”

(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail pyoung@kitv.com. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)

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