At a time when the rapidly rising cost of energy has made everything from transportation to food more expensive, the community has again embraced the work of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific with these incredible gifts.
Aging comes easier to some people more than it does to others. For our patients age 70 and older that live on a fixed income, making ends meet is a struggle. The cost of rehabilitation services to recover from stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, fractures or other trauma can be overwhelming at a time when they must focus on healing.
Each year REHAB serves approximately 700 patients ages 70 and older at its acute inpatient facility on Oahu, and over 4,000 patients through its three outpatient clinics located on Oahu and the Big Island. Approximately 1% of them are uninsured.
A grant for $15,000 from the Teresa F. Hughes Persons In Need Fund, for the second year in a row, has enabled the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation to provide these patients with therapy, caregiver respite, medical services, supplies, medications, dietary items and orthopedic appliances that are not covered by their insurance. These services and items help them to achieve their highest level of functioning and independence.
Longs Drug Store
Transportation is not merely getting from one place to another; it can define the scope and quality of your world. This is especially true for patients with disabilities that limit their mobility. For these individuals, simple errands to the bank or grocery store are not so simple.
Through a generous gift of $25,000 from Longs Drug Store and a $5,000 gift from Webco, the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific will purchase and adapt a van to make weekly trips in the community for our patients with physical disabilities. These simple trips in turn will train them to manage their own finances, shop for groceries, register to take classes at the University and be a part of the community around them.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Year after year The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. provides generous gifts of charity care to assist our patients with the greatest financial need to cover the overwhelming expenses incurred when recovering from an illness or injury. This past year a gift of $100,000 enabled the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific to continue to provide the highest level of quality rehabilitation services for our patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
FHB-REHAB Golf Challenge
In May 288 golfers, 135 donors and 60 volunteers converged on the Hawaii Prince Golf Course to make history by raising a record $258,825. What started as a very small, annual event that yielded $40,000 with 162 golfers in 1994 has become the biggest and most successful charity golf tournament in the state. More than a fun day under picture perfect skies, the money raised by the event will go towards providing quality care for our patients and the best education and training available for our staff through the First Hawaiian Bank Educational Endowment.
Started in 1994 with the support of Louis Vuitton Hawaii, our art therapy program is one of the most popular and fastest growing of the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation programs.
A generous gift of $75,000 from Louis Vuitton Hawaii enables us to continue to provide canvas, paint, and physical assistance to our patients and former patients. They bring their energy and creativity. Although some of them have disabilities that restrict or prohibit the use of their hands, while they paint there are no limitations as they explore the crest of a wave, the jet black hair of a geisha blowing in the wind, or a rainy day on a street in Korea.
Friends of Hawaii Charities
With an aging population and changes in the health industry, patients are leaving acute care hospitals earlier and are admitted to REHAB with complex issues that compound the effects of physical and cognitive disabilities. Increasingly, our patients, who suffer from stroke, brain injury and multiple traumas, are also experiencing complications from conditions such as pneumonia, heart attack, cancer, arthritis, Lupus and multiple sclerosis. This compounded effect often requires IV antibiotics, medication and fluids.
A $10,000 grant from the Friends of Hawaii Charities will be used to purchase the Sigma Spectrum Generation 2 Infusion System to help ensure that patients receive medications quickly, easily and safely in accordance with The Joint Commission Patient Safety Standards. In turn, this maximizes the patients' ability to receive therapy treatments; and thereby, improve their mobility and independence.
Sir Francis Bacon said, Knowledge is power. At the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, knowledge gives us the ability to provide the highest level of care available for our patients. These generous donors have provided gifts of education and training to our staff.
Over the past year the continuing education and training received by our physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, IT specialists and administrative staff enables us to provide our patients with the very best care available.
Each year we receive generous gifts that enable the hospital to determine and fund those areas of greatest need.
The Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation is very grateful for the ability to respond rapidly to the changing needs of our patients through these unrestricted gifts.