Kaneohe’s First Pediatrician Retires
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Dr. Henry Yim, Kaneohe’s first practicing
pediatrician, is retiring from his scrubs
and passing the practice — and three
generations of patients — on to son Dr.
Gregory Yim. (See story on page 5.)
Photo by Nathalie Walker, staff
After 45 years of caring for children, Dr. Henry L. Yim - the first pediatrician on the Windward side of the island - saw his last patient June 30 at Windward Pediatrics in Kaneohe.
Yim’s retirement marks the passing of the torch to his son, Dr. Gregory Yim, who has worked half time for a dozen years at Windward Pediatrics Inc. The shift gives his father the opportunity to take a load off while working half time.
“Since my son Gregory has been home and working with me, I’ve been enjoying more golfing, tennis, traveling and spending time with our nine grandchildren,” said the elder Yim, a Kaneohe native who has cared for three generations of the town’s youngsters.
He will continue at the practice, however, as office manager and medical consultant. “Dr. Dean Britos, who is born and raised in Hawaii, is starting July 1 and will be handling most of my patients. So there will be a total of three doctors here.”
The now retired Dr. Henry Yim (front, center) is
surrounded by his staff (clockwise from left) Dr.
Kathleen Morimoto, Edith Tanaka, Ann Kam, Kelly
Tuamoheloa, Pam Manzano, and Dr. Gregory
Yim. Photo by Nathalie Walker, staff photographer.
A dedicated family man, Yim always practices what he preaches. He put his three children first in his life - next to their mother - and isn’t shy about encouraging the same philosophy in the families he sees.
A healthy family should strive for three things, he said: Gather together each night for dinner, bathe the children whenever possible, and in their early years put them to bed and read and listen to them.
“Availability, open communication, compassion and integrity are principles I believe in and practice,” he said. With most of his patients, he recalled last week, it isn’t the actual physical check-up that concerns parents the most. Parenting and behavior generate the most questions.
“Healthwise you take just 4-5 minutes to examine them,” he said. “After that, we sit down and talk, and sometimes the talking takes like 10-15 minutes. We talk about anything they want to and typically that’s the reason they are here.
“To me, one of the most cardinal things is just loving their mother. In other words the moth-er’s and father’s love for each other helps the child to grow.”
Yim has been married for the past 46 years to Bernadine Tom Yim, and they have three children: Gregory (who is also a pediatric neurologist at Kapiolani Medical Center); Robyn Yim Pang, a pathologist and president of the Blood Bank of Hawaii; and Kaneohe family dentist Chad Yim.
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