Volume 19, Issue No. 30 - July 19, 2010


Volume 19, Issue No. 30 - July 19, 2010
A Weekly Publication for the People of Queen’s | Volume 19 | Number 30 | July 19, 2010
Dentists for All Reasons
Dental Residents Kirsi Hakkinen, DMD
(seated), Kelliann Rita, DDS, and Shepard
DeLong, DMD.
They represent the best from all across
the U.S and the world. These are the three
dental residents selected each year to
participate in a Dental General Practice
Residency Program at the Queen’s Dental
Clinic that will extend their experience in
multiple specialties beyond dental school
training. The residents are fully licensed
dentists who represent the cream of the
crop of recent dental school graduates
and could have immediately gone into independent practice. Instead, they chose
to participate in the residency program
to learn more about the relationship between dentistry and medicine and become members of an elite group who have
the training and skill to perform work
over and above many others.
Established in 1960 and currently
headed by Mark Greer, DMD, MPH,
Director of Resident Education, the
Queen’s Dental Clinic is a valuable community resource that provides critically
needed services to those with physical
and mental disabilities, as well as emergency work on trauma patients and
Queen’s inpatients. Queen’s employees
can also save a lot of time and money
(ask about the discount on your copay),
and get top quality dental care at the
same time. This year’s dental residents
are Shepard DeLong, DMD, Kirsi Hakkinen, DMD, and Kelliann Rita, DDS.
Shepard DeLong, DMD (Dentariae
Medicinae Doctor), grew up in Portland, Oregon. He lived in various western states before returning to Portland
to attend Oregon Health and Sciences
University. A desire to find a career
that provided mental stimulation and
challenge combined with artistry and
service to others attracted him to dentistry. “I wanted to do something with
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Nani Rezentes’ Gives 44-Years
She didn’t quite make 45 years, but
hey, who can grumble? Giving 44 years
to Queen’s is tremendous. At Queen’s
since 1966, Nani Rezentes, RN, of Radiation Therapy, finally opted for the quiet life, like tending to her vegetable garden—a belated “victory” garden—and
painting the inside of her house, spending time with her 9-year-old grandson,
and a future grandchild due in November…and maybe writing her memoirs.
Nani has been here long enough to remember the old days (although the proposed writing would begin in her child-
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my hands,” related Shepard, who likes
to play the piano and the guitar. Since
dental school, he has been applying his
skills to making gold jewelry. Shepard
also enjoys skiing and surfing, and he
and his wife practice yoga and intensive
silent meditation.
After dental school, while looking for
Automation Comes
to Nalani 4
The Nalani 4 lab held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently to celebrate the official operation of a new automation line, the Roche Cobas 6000. Charlotte Wagner, lab manager, explained that the new machinery handles preanalytical processes such as sorting, aliquoting, and centrifuging. Ana Ortega-Lopez, MD,
Medical Director of the lab, added that it will
make the lab more efficient and better.
hood). Ah, the old
days, when there
was only one code
cart for the whole
hospital. That was
when she started
in ’66. The balky
defibrillator never seemed to work
properly, despite
being repaired, Nani recalled. Finally,
“Dr. Snodgrass threw it out the [Kinau 2]
window.” The hospital bought new ones
for each floor (three) after that.
Upon graduation from high school,
Nani’s father asked her what she wanted
to do. Like most teens, she didn’t know,
so she looked at the help wanted ads in
the paper and found many of them were
for nurses. She decided to enroll at The
Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing, but
didn’t expect to see “so many patients
a place to work with “the right fit,” Shepard discovered Queen’s dental residency
program. After visiting Queen’s, he knew
it was the right place. He hopes to gain
experience with a broader patient base,
treating more complex surgical and acute
care patients. After finishing the residency program, Shepard will either work in
public health or in private practice.
Kirsi Hakkinen, DMD, is from Cincinnati, Ohio. With an interest both in
science and sculpture (clay and bronze
casting), Kirsi attended the Harvard
School of Dental Medicine. Desiring
to gain more experience in all areas of
dentistry, she applied to the residency
and sick people,” and had never before
experienced people dying. At first, Nani
thought she’d better quit, but when
her grandmother got sick, and later her
grandfather, she became inspired by a
nurse who took care of them and was
unconditionally kind to everyone.
After nursing school, Nani worked
in Nalani 2, an all-male med-surg ward
with 12 beds. She later transferred to
Iolani 2, then to the evening Float Pool,
then to the Medical ICU. When Nani
graduated from nursing school, ICUs
were new, and covered everything from
cardiac to trauma. In those days, there
were no microwaves, so staff used to
heat their food up in the autoclave. Nani
couldn’t bring herself to do it though,
because that was where bedpans and all
were sterilized. Also, she recalled, medical waste was wrapped in old newspapers. Each day, one nurse was assigned
the task, which was called “idiot’s work.”
“You didn’t know if you would be the idiot for the day,” Nani remembers.
Nani finally settled down in Radiation
Therapy, where she stayed for nearly 30
years. Back then, Radiation Therapy was
a smaller unit housed behind the old
Queen Emma Clinics in Pauahi 1, where
the two-story, two-million volt x-ray machine was housed, among other ancient
cancer-shrinking machines. There were
just three doctors, one dosimetrist, one
physicist and one nurse: Nani Rezentes.
When asked if she didn’t want to
make her tenure a round 45 years,
Nani brushed it off. Who can argue?
The victory’s already won.
program. Kirsi chose the Queen’s program over others she looked at because
it offered experience in all areas of
dentistry, as well as a first rate program director and mentors. She feels
the program will help make her a better clinician and allow her to gain more
insight into public health dentistry. After completing the residency program,
Kirsi would like to work at a community health center, university or hospital as a general dentist who also does
public health research. Although open
to living in any part of the country, she
is for now enjoying Hawaii, saying she
likes everything about it—the beauty,
the culture and the aloha spirit.
Kelliann Rita, DDS (Doctor of Dental
Gift Honors Queen’s Nursing Education
The Queen’s Hospital School of
Nursing has been closed since graduating its last class in 1968, but its alumni association lives on. To honor the legacy of
the education they received, The Queen’s
Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association members commissioned a painting of the Harkness Nurses’ Home (now
known as the Harkness Building) and
presented it to The Queen’s Medical Center. A dedication and unveiling ceremony
was held at the painting’s location opposite the Iolani elevators on the ground
floor, just off of the main lobby.
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Surgery, equivalent to a DMD), is glad
to be back in Hawaii. Born on Oahu, but
raised in upcountry Maui, Kelliann left
the country life of hula and the rodeo
(barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, and team roping) for the University
of Colorado to study dentistry. She says
she always wanted to be a dentist, and
unlike many children, Kelliann enjoyed
going to the dentist. “It was fun,” she remembers. “[The dentist] looked around
in your mouth, it always felt clean afterwards, and you got presents when you
left.” Kelliann admitted to having great
teeth, however, and suffered from only
one minor cavity as a kid. She joined the
residency program to expand her skill to
become a better dentist and to see the diverse aspects of her profession. After the
residency program, Kelliann definitely
wants to work somewhere in Hawaii,
although, with relatives or friends on al-
Although The Queen’s Hospital
School of Nursing (originally, The
Queen’s Hospital Training School for
Nurses) was founded in 1916, the 1932
Harkness Nurses’ Home is arguably
the most emblematic representation
of nursing education at Queen’s. The
building, which served as a dormitory for nurses during their three-year
training program, was designed by
C.W. Dickey and funded by philanthropist Edward Harkness and 19 local
community benefactors.
Although the painting’s focus is the
building itself—almost unchanged since
the 1930s—it also features likenesses of
Queen’s founders King Kamehameha IV
and Queen Emma, as well as the famous
“Onipa‘a” nursing school pin logo. The
Queen’s School of Nursing’s first graduate was pinned by Queen Lili‘uokalani,
who suggested that the school adopt
her personal motto, Onipa‘a, meaning
steadfast or resolute.
most every island, she is willing to work
just about anywhere in the State. With
an appreciation for both city and country life, Kelliann emphasized, “I’m really
happy to be back in Hawaii!”
The Queen’s ‘ohana welcomes this
year’s Dental Clinic residents. Employees are encouraged to give them a
try. For all your dental needs—including teeth cleaning, teeth whitening,
cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, cavity repairs, oral surgery, root canals,
dentures and more—call the Queen’s
Dental Clinic at 547-4292 Mondays
through Fridays, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
1. Many Queen’s Nursing School alumnae
wore black shirts decorated with the historic
onipa‘a nursing pin logo. 2. Many friends and
graduates of the nursing school attended the
unveiling. To the left (front row) is Katie Barbieto, RN, class of 1968. Next to her is Irene
Lai of the class of 1934. Artist Kathy Yokouchi
(in white top) stands in the middle.
Local artist Kathleen L. Yokouchi was
commissioned to create the painting. A
recently retired executive officer at the
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Kathy has been painting since
she was a child. Having had her work in
The Gallery at Ward Center and in local
art shows, Kathy has accepted commissions since the 1970s. The alumni association gave her ideas on what they
wanted in the painting, and she took it
from there. “When I look at Queen’s as
a whole, it conveys hope and healing,”
she explained, “so I depicted Harkness
in morning light, the purest light of the
day, to convey those feelings.” Kathy enjoys commissions, but also pursues her
own ideas. With a philosophy of doing
art from your heart, she is interested in
historical Hawaii themes that depict the
positive aspects of human nature.
Many alumnae of The Queen’s Hospital School of Nursing attended the
unveiling, including Irene Lai, 96, who
graduated 1934. She started her training
in 1931—before Harkness was ready—
and was in the first class to move into
the building. Seeing the alumni gathered
together (among them some who still
work at Queen’s), reflected a true legacy,
one that has not only served Queen’s
well, but also the people of Hawaii.
Correction: A name in last week’s article on Queen’s caridac fellowship was
misspelled. The correct spelling is: Irwin
Schatz, MD. We apologize for the error.
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Join one of the Queen’s teams for
the AHA Heart Walk on Saturday, August 14 at Kapiolani Park. Queen’s participants will receive a Queen’s Heart
T-shirt. Visit www.oahuheartwalk.org
to join or donate today.
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Welcome to the following new
APRNs, physicians, and physician assistants: Peter C. Chin, MD; Jennifer
M. Lee, APRN; David D. Huang, MD;
Kiley D. Perrich, MD; Glen A. Pu, MD;
Michael S. Shin, MD; Lana M. Arakaki,
MD; Joey Y. Kohatsu, MD; Patrick P.
Katahara, PA-C; Elizabeth R. Palmer,
Garage sale: Castle Hill’s annual multiple
family garage sale, Sat., 7/24/10, 8am-3pm.
Follow signs on Kahekili Hwy in Kaneohe.
Lots of bargains.
Kahala Hts: 2/1.5/2+pkg, almost new
lower level dupl, approx 1200sf w/huge
surround lanai, travertine flrs throughout,
split unit a/c in every rm, secluded, yet nr
everything, mauka of freeway by Kahala
Mall, 18th Ave & Keanu St, grt for entertaining, outstanding property! $2,100+
elec. David Gomes @ 808-256-9677.
Kalihi Valley: Lg 2/1/1 in quiet upper
valley off Likelike, 10 min to QMC. NS/no
pets. $1,450 incl utils & cable. Call 2212381 for more info.
Room: $500 incl utils. 808-450-2921.
PA-C; Michael S. Hayashi, MD; David
S. Inouye, MD; Brian H. Ching, DO;
and Kazuma Nakagawa, MD.
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Learn a new skill and give back to the
children of our community by becoming
a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. A fun, four-day training course
will be offered September 16 to 17 and
24 to 25 at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. A QMC car seat grant will pay for
the registration fee ($175), mileage, and
for your 26 CEUs (for RNs). Please obtain
manager approval for paid professional
leave for the training days. Queen’s certified techs provide a minimum of four
Keiki Car Seat events at Queen’s and two
in the community in the year following
certification. To register, contact Cora
Speck (537-7059 or [email protected]) to
coordinate payment. Statewide registration is limited to 20 and fills quickly.
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The American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology Maintenance of
Certification July 2010 reading list is
now available at HML’s Digital Library
at www.hml.org, under the Physicians
Portal; Specialties tabs.
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On Wednesday and Friday mornings,
there may be next day mammogram
screening appointments available at the
Women’s Health Center for Queen’s employees only. Call the scheduling office
at 537-7555 one day prior. Be prepared
to pre-register with your insurance information and the date and location of
your last mammogram. Walk-ins cannot be accepted; appointments and preregistration are required.
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QMC logo sun protection umbrel-
Backhoe: With operator. $500/day. Call
MannaTech: Vitamins & nutrition supplements. Please call 352-2801.
Placing an ad: Queen’s employees only. Include
name, phone and Employee ID number. Mail
to Creative Services—Print Connection, fax to
547-4002 or e-mail to [email protected] by
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right to edit or refuse any ad. The Print Connection
does not make any warranty about the fitness of
any product or service listed in Q-Mart.
Looking for a
las are now available at the Gift Shop.
They feature an ultraviolet protection
factor of 50+, the highest possible rating, and a vented canopy engineered to
resist windy conditions.
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HR reminds all employees to maintain personal information, including
current address and phone numbers.
To make changes, simply log on to
eProfile on the Queen’s Intranet under
the Human Resources/Employee SelfService link. Call the Human Resources Service Center at 547-4627 or e-mail
[email protected] for assistance.
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by Creative Services. If you have news or
wish to opine, call us at 537-7532 or e-mail
[email protected] News deadline is the
Monday prior to publication.
QHS/QMC President. . . . Art Ushijima
Publisher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roy Cameron
Editor/Writer. . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Kimura
Assist. Ed./Writer. . . . . . . Glee Stormont
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