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       Straub: Celebrating A Century Of Quality Health Care In Hawai‘i
   refilling prescriptions and contacting their physicians, the database has been a one-stop-shop for patients. In fact, its forward-thinking EMR earned the network three Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Da- vies Enterprise Awards of Excellence in 2013, 2016 and 2019.
that has enabled us to connect with our patients.”
ning phases of a complete redesign of its flagship King Street campus.
cial experience for people who choose Straub as their home.
Even vaccinations, he adds, can be scheduled using the EMR patient por- tal MyChart.
“Straub has significant business presence in terms of size and scale, and yet when you walk the halls, it feels in- timate, and that’s the charm of Straub,” he says. “You have this world-class care with the greatest tech, and it still has the ability to have a very intimate feel to it. When you align those things, I think that’s what creates such a spe-
“Straub is a very special place,” Vara concludes. “A big part of our population has trusted Straub with their care for a very long time. I be- lieve the loyalty runs deep because of the compassion and professionalism people experience as patients.”
  “We’re the only three-time winner in the nation,” says Vara. “To me, that’s one of the hallmark components
As Straub celebrates a century of serving Hawai‘i’s people, Vara only sees a bright future ahead. It’s on the tip of the spear in terms of health care reform that focuses on putting patients first, and also is working on the plan-
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                       Dr. John Mickey
internal medicine physician (primary care provider)
Dr. John Mickey has been a legacy provider with Straub since 1979, during a time when primary care took a metaphorical back- seat to specialties. “That was how medicine was organized in those days,” explains Mickey, who attended Mokapu El- ementary School as a child when his dad was a pilot on active duty. “Primary care has expanded. Family practice is now a big part of what we do.
“We are still evolving our structure to make things more efficient and easier, more unified,” he con- tinues. “We are all very optimistic about the future of Hawai‘i Pacific Health and Straub. We were able to maintain our identity. Since Straub has such a rich and long history, it’s nice that it’s still honored by the way we’re being organized.”
Dr. Robert Schulz
founder, Straub Burn Center
As the only multidisci- plinary burn treatment center in the Pacific, Straub’s facility has ex- panded to treat thousands of patients since its incep- tion nearly 40 years ago. “We now have a process where we can take a small skin graft and break it down into a sprayable skin,” shares Straub Burn Center founder Dr. Robert Schulz. “We can now dramatically reduce the donor area of where we have to graft patients. We can cover an area about the size of a place mat with about two postage stamp sizes of thin skin epithelial.”
Schulz, who joined Straub in 1977, adds that joining the Straub ‘ohana was the best decision he’s made. “It’s literally the best medical treatment you can get, and I’m very proud of that,” he says.
Dr. Hingson Chun
medical director, cardiac electrophysiology
Dr. Hingson Chun is one of Straub’s innovative elec- trophysiologists, and he’s been helping patients navi- gate rhythm abnormalities in the heart since joining the facility in 2003. “Straub offered me the best of both worlds,” Chun says. “It offers the security and patient population of a larger group, but the freedom to practice almost as if you were a private practitioner. You can take care of your patients as intensively and personally as you like.” He touts the ease and beauty of Hawai‘i Pa- cific Health’s electronic medical records as one of the notable systems that sets Straub and the other hospitals under the health care network’s purview apart from the rest.
“It has really helped us be more efficient, thorough and safe,” Chun adds.
Dr. Jared Oyama
interventional cardiologist medical director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Straub has been at the cutting edge of technol- ogy for quite some time now, and one area of note is within its full-service cardiology department. “Though all areas within our department provide the latest in techniques and technologies, I am,
of course, most excited about what we are able to offer for patients with heart valve abnormalities,” says interventional cardiol- ogist Dr. Jared Oyama. Basically, cardiac surgeons are able to provide the full spectrum of heart care. “For patients who are best served by open-heart surgery, our surgical part- ners will soon be offering robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery that can avoid the need to split the breastbone in order to achieve access to the heart,” he adds.
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