Dean Jerris Hedges welcomed Honolulu Director of Emergency Services Dr. James Ireland to his office for a meeting on October 12, 2012 . Dr. Hedges, an Emergency Medicine Physician by training, and Dr. Ireland, the city’s top medical officer, are each working to increase the availability of medical services on O’ahu. Hospitals all over the island have faced overcrowded emergency departments since December 2011, when one of Honolulu’s major medical centers shut its doors.
Dr. Ireland, who oversees life-saving services performed by ambulance crews, paramedics and lifeguards on O`ahu, has been working to expand ambulance capability and address the crisis which developed when former Hawai`i Medical Center West closed. The resulting surge of patients at other emergency rooms throughout O’ahu is likely to persist until about a year from now, in 2013, when the new operator of the West O`ahu facility, The Queen’s Medical Center, re-opens on the site.
On September 24th, Dr. Larry Tseu hosted an evening with Hawai`i Governor Neil Abercrombie and First Lady Dr. Nancy Caraway in the state dining room of historic Washington Place, to support the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. The Cancer Action Network received $1,000 for every person who attended the dinner to assist its efforts. The Cancer Action Network is the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society, an organization dedicated to making cancer a national priority on the federal, state, and local levels of government. John A. Burns School of Medicine Dean Jerris Hedges is shown with hosts and guests as well as event chef Roy Yamaguchi. Contributed by Cory Chun, Government Relations Director of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.