A New Years Message from Donna Chung, M.D (Executive Director)

Aloha Kakou,                                                                                                                                                  January 2017

As we bring in the New Year, it is with gratitude and pride that I lead this wonderful group of caring, compassionate folks that we call Bristol Hospice-Hawaii. My roots in Waialua plantation four generations ago, Ivy League education and training, 25 years as an oncologist, and lifetime spiritual journey have brought me to this special place of care.

Our Bristol-Hawaii ohana cares for your loved ones and ohana throughout Oahu. We humbly serve ALL of our communities, from town to Waianae and Ewa Beach, to Aiea, from Windward communities to Waialua, we are there.

What do we do? We bring extraordinary care to the seriously ill and your families, where you live. The world of medical care and of hospice has changed for the better. Hospitals are becoming a place for acute care, that means short time in the

hospital, then go home or nursing facility to recover.

That’s where we come in, with an entire team of nurse, social worker, nurse’s aide, chaplain supervised by medical director bringing care to you. And we care for you and for your family because we are holistic. We care for your physical body, but we include your emotional, spiritual and family needs.

The world of hospice and supportive care is changing. It is care that gives you the best day you can live each day. We care for seriously ill patients, our medical staff can determine whether you qualify for supportive care or for hospice care. Both types of care include your emotional and spiritual care and family. It also includes your medical equipment and medications. You do not give up ANY of your own doctors.

For those that qualify, it is completely covered by Quest, Medicare, or your insurance company.

Our staff is local and speak 14 languages, not counting English and pidgin. Call us at 536-8012- – it is our job to see if you qualify for this specialized home or facility care.

I will write letters from time to time to let you know of our work.

Aloha to you and your ohana this new year,

Donna Chung, M.D.

 

Dr. Chung

Donna Chung, M.D

Honoring our Veterans and Celebration of Life

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Bristol Hospice Hawaii held their annual Celebration of Life along with Honoring our Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016, at the Oahu Veterans Center.

Our very own Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, along with many Bristol Hospice staff members and volunteers made this a memorable day for the many families and friends who attended.

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Ahi Johnson & Katinka Hammerich

 

The event started with UH ROTC flag bearers marching to our National Anthem, followed by the Hawaiian National Anthem. Chaplain Bill Crockett said the opening prayers to begin the opening ceremony.

 

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Afterward, Eddie Belluomini, a Veteran and a Clinical Supervisor for Bristol Hospice Hawaii, delivered a historical look back at what Veterans Day means and why Veterans Day will never be forgotten.

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Eddie Belluomini (Veteran & Clinical Supervisor)

Shortly after, Iris Hashimoto and her daughter Kate performed a gracious lovely short hula “One More Day” by Waipuna.

The ceremony ended with the staff and volunteers welcoming friends and families to make any last words of remembrance for their loved ones, and to write the names of their loved on cards.  As their loved one’s name was called out, a family member would place their card on the remembrance tree.

Special thanks to our Bereavement Coordinator, Ahi Johnson, and the many volunteers and presenters that made this event another memorable and loving day.

 

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Early Thanksgiving Brunch for Waimanalo Community

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Bristol Hospice – Hawaii happily supported an annual event hosted by Kaui Kauhi & friends at the Waimanalo Beach Pavilion, this Sunday, November 20, 2016.
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The Thanksgiving Brunch event was held to support the many local families who are less fortunate.  It was a time of giving, a time of community, a time of food, a time of having fun and a time of support.
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Free haircuts for the children of Waimanalo

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Jomel Duldulao and Jordan supporting a great cause.

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Kaui Kauhi speaking in front of the Waimanalo Community to encourage and inspire community and hope.

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100’s of Toys, soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs, bicycles, and tricycles for giveaways.

There was plenty of fun live entertainment performed by local bands such as Typical Hawaiians and Shyne.  The plentiful Thanksgiving buffet was donated by friends, families, and local vendors like Sergs Mexican Restaurant.  The most rewarding moments were the smiles on the faces of the children as they were handed tricycles, footballs, scooters and the many new toys donated from various local businesses, families, and friends of the event.
Our very own Executive Director, Dr. Chung and her family attended and participated in the activities along with our Clinical Supervisor Eddie Belluomini and his family and Director of Community Relations, Jomel Duldulao and his family.
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Jomel Duldulao with Kaui Kauhi.

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Dr. Chung with Kaui Kauhi

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Dr. Chung and Eddie Belluomini and family

 The day was filled with giving, fun, laughter, joy and community building.
Many thanks and Mahalo to our host Kaui Kauhi & Friends.

Celebrating Seniors at the Wahiawa CBDO Kupuna Health Fair

Leila Williams, Jomel Duldulao, Alton Fujio and Johanna Umiten from Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii were pleased to attend the Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) Kupuna Health Fair on Friday, July 29, at Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission.

This event was a senior health fair for the Wahiawa community. On Friday, seniors from ages 60 and older were bussed in from senior communities such as the Franciscan and West Loc Senior Center. The Honolulu Police Department was kind enough to help organize this event through their program “Weed and Seed,” which aims to improve the quality of life for the people they protect. For more information on the Wahiawa CBDO, you can contact the organization by emailing info@wahiawacbdo.org or calling 808-206-8195.

A very special “thank you” from Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii to all of those who made this event possible.

Check out some of the photos from this event below!

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Spreading Joy and Smiles!

The Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii team was pleased to participate in Avalon Care Centers’ Carnival, in an effort to bring joy and laughter to the care center’s residents. We were happy to provide some of the games and prizes. Most importantly, our team was able to spend time with some of the Bristol Hospice patients and families, and connect with Avalon Care Center staff.  Thank you so much for the opportunity to be part of this fun-filled day for all!

Check out some of the photos from the Carnival below!

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Honoring the Veterans of the Pacific Islands

Recently, the Director of Community Relations for Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii, Jomel Duldulao, was pleased and humbled to attend a memorial service held by the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System. This service, which took place at the Community Living Center at Tripler, was held in honor of all the Veterans whom those in attendance had the privilege of knowing & serving.

The motto, Hele Kikahakaha Kakou (to walk steadily and proudly together) was shared during the ceremony. This reinforces the concept of teamwork with each other and especially with the Veteran and family. It reminds us of the special privilege we have been given as partners in the end-of-life care. Thank you for allowing Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii to support your efforts.

Photos from the event:

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Supporting Convoy of Hope Oahu!

Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is pleased to participate during the Convoy of Hope Oahu Community Event at the Richardson Field near the Aloha Stadium, this Saturday, July 16. Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii Medical Director, Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes, along with other physicians from across the state, will be volunteering during this event.

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The Convoy of Hope Oahu event is just the beginning of a long-lasting movement that has the power to transform people’s lives, inspire compassion and service, and bring people and organizations together like never before. This is a collaborative effort to bring hope to a city through free groceries, health screenings, job services, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, activities for children and more. Learn more about the event and the organization.

Honoring Veterans – A Mission to Serve

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America’s hospice professionals are on a mission to learn how to serve Veterans through the challenges they may be facing from illness, isolation or traumatic life experience.

Bristol Hospice is proud to be hospice partners the We Honor Veterans program. Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the We Honor Veterans program aims to invite hospices to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment in the care of veterans.

 

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, the Bristol Hospice staff is better to:

 

Also, the keepsake book, “One Who Served: A Memorial Tribute to Your Veteran.” is presented as a gift from Bristol Hospice for the family when their Veteran passes away. The book was written to celebrate military service, recognize the family, define the grieving process and provide resources for assistance. Learn more.

Helpful links
The VA provides a full range of benefits to all enrolled Veterans. Click the links below for a broad overview of the benefits administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA).

Contact us for more information about how Bristol Hospice delivers services for our Veterans.

Castle Medical Center Helps “Light Up a Life”

On Thursday, June 16, Castle Medical Center held a special fundraiser to “Light Up a Life” in honor of loved those who have gone before us. All funds raised for this event support the Castle Medical Center’s Palliative Care unit, allowing to better meet the health care needs of the Windward O‘ahu community.

Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii is proud to have donated to this cause, and as such, a lantern will hang at the entrance of the hospital entrance for two weeks with a special note dedicating the lantern to “The Patients and Family of Bristol Hospice ~ Hawaii.”

Here are some photos from that event.

 

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