Kars for Kids

Kars for Kids

(HawaiiNewsNow)- Management and leadership from Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children will trade in their stethoscopes for salesperson badges in a unique fundraiser at Honolulu Ford Lincoln to benefit the hospital's Campaign for Hawaii's Children.

Kapi'olani Health Foundation and Honolulu Ford Lincoln have joined forces for "Kars for Kids," the first event of its kind in Hawaii, happening on November 29 from 2 - 9 p.m. What makes this unique is...no salespeople! Instead, visitors will be greeted by Kapi'olani's very own management, including COO Martha Smith and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Manager Sue Bankhead. Honolulu Ford Lincoln will donate profits from all new vehicle sales during the event toward a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit-Phase 1 of Kapiolani's Campaign to rebuild the hospital.

Honolulu Ford President Mark Benson said, "Honolulu Ford Lincoln has been serving Hawaii for nearly 60 years. As a family-owned company, we are honored to participate in this exclusive opportunity to contribute to a brighter future for Hawaii's only full-service children's specialty hospital."

"We are excited to partner on this innovative strategy to support Kapi'olani," said Martha Smith. "This event is a great example of the types of creative solutions local businesses have come up with that both meets their business goals and allows them to make a significant gift to our hospital."

Rapidly emerging technologies have fundamentally changed the care delivery process and a rebuild of the hospital is vital to provide the level of comfort and care that Hawai'i's families deserve. The Phase 1 renovation and rebuild will help Kapi'olani reach the following goals: 1) create family-centered space to deliver family-centered care, a concept at the center of hospital rebuilds nationwide; 2) meet the critical care needs of Hawai'i's keiki, as the Pacific region's sole tertiary referral center and Level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and 3) ensure adequate educational conference rooms and spaces are available as Hawai'i's ob/gyn and pediatric teaching hospital.

Paving the way for Phase 1 to begin in earnest, construction of a new parking garage is nearing completion, with a projected opening of February 2013. In 2014, construction will start on a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Honorary co-chairs of the Campaign for Hawaii's Children are Wendy Crabb, Tadd Fujikawa, Thomas Kosasa, MD and Nainoa Thompson.

Kapi'olani Health Foundation supports the charitable mission of its nonprofit hospital affiliate, Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children by raising funds to provide people of Hawai'i and the Pacific Region with specialty medical care, purchase life-saving equipment, support community outreach and education, and further local research. Learn more at www.KapiolaniGift.org <http://www.kapiolanigift.org/>.

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is well recognized as Hawai'i's leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 207 beds and 66 bassinets, the nonprofit hospital is Hawai'i's only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It is also a tertiary care, medical teaching and research facility. Specialty services for patients throughout Hawai'i and the Pacific Region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, air transport, maternal fetal medicine, and high-risk prenatal care. More than 1,300 employees and 612 physicians provide specialty care at Kapi'olani Medical Center. The hospital is home to Kapi'olani Women's Center, Kapi'olani Breast Center and Kapi'olani Women's Cancer Center - the state's only dedicated breast health and gynecological cancer centers. Kapi'olani offers numerous community programs and services, such as the Kapi'olani Child Protection Center and Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children is an affiliate of Hawai'i Pacific Health, the state's largest health care provider. To learn more, click HERE.

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