Pohai Nani Bids Fond Aloha To Director Luann Foos

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - August 19, 2009
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Longtime Pohai Nani executive director Luann Foos is on her way to Florida to head up the largest Good Samaritan facility, Kissamee Village. Photo from Pohai Nani.

Longtime Pohai Nani executive director Luann Foos will transfer to the Good Samaritan Kissamee Village facility in Florida this month, and Patricia “Tish” Camero will take over the Kaneohe retirement home as interim director.

Residents hosted a farewell party for Foos on Aug. 5.

“It’s been the best working at Pohai Nani in Hawaii,” said Foos. “The staff makes it such a home for everyone who lives here and visits here. It is a very unique and blessed place that I’ve enjoyed for 15 years.”

Foos worked with the Good Samaritan Society at four of its facilities in Nebraska and Arizona before joining Pohai Nani in August of 1994. Since taking the helm of the the 200-unit apartment complex on the sprawling 16-acre campus, Foos has accomplished a lot.

She’s overseen the opening of four care homes on the property, added a third elevator and supervised two renovations of its skilled nursing center.

She leaves the Islands this Friday and will start her new job in Florida Aug. 24.

“I was asked to take a look at the opportunity,” she explained, “and I accepted the transfer - much to my heart’s sadness because I love it here so much.”

Foos will be at Good Samaritan’s largest facility, which has 600 apartments on 400 acres. Kissamee Village has a TV station, golf course and an amphitheater.

Camero was Pohai Nani’s skilled nursing center administrator for four years. Before joining Pohai Nani, the Baldwin High School graduate and registered dietitian worked for 24 years in another Kaneohe skilled nursing center as a dietitian, human resources director and administrator. Camero said her new endeavor wouldn’t be possible without the support of her husband Phil, a police detective, and their daughters Micah, Dani and Calla.

“The thing that excites me the most is the management team is very stable,” she said. “And they all are excited about ways this campus can grow and serve the residents better. We will strategically plan for what we can do.”

What she really loves about the place, she told Kukui O Pohai Nani, the residents’ newsletter, “is driving up our entranceway each day with its beautiful landscaping and being greeted by so many smiling faces.”

Pohai Nani is one of the more than 230 communities for seniors operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society.


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