Waianae District Comprehensive
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86-260 Farrington Highway Waianae HI 96792 USA
The waianae coast comprehensive health center ("the health center") is a healing center that provides accessible and affordable medical and traditional healing services with aloha. The health center is a learning center that offers health career training to ensure a better future for our community. The health center is also an innovator, using leading edge technology to deliver the highest quality of health care services.
Medical care: primary care medical services (pediatrics, women's, adult medicine and internal medicine) are provided through a main clinic site and four satellite clinics serving the leeward area on the island of oahu. For additional information see schedule o.
emergency medical services: twenty-four hour emergency medical services are provided to the community through the health center's main clinic site on the waianae coast. For additional information see schedule o.
pharmacy: the health center operates two 340b pharmacies on site which reduces the barriers for patients without drug coverage benefits or having to make an additional stop at an off-site pharmacy to pick up a prescription. The pharmacies are located at the main health center in waianae and the kapolei health care center in kapolei.
the waianae coast comprehensive health center serves the medically underserved and economically disadvantaged community of waianae and surrounding communities in the leeward area on the island of oahu in the state of hawaii. Serving the community since 1972, the health center celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. From its start as a one doctor office, the health center is the largest, and oldest, of the fourteen community health centers in the state of hawaii. The strength of the health center lies in the strong foundation set by its founders, the vision and expertise of its board of directors, the sense of ownership by its staff, patients and community, the years of service and commitment of its management team, and the relationships forged at the community, state and national level. In 2014, the health center served 34,781 patients, the majority being native hawaiian (49%), followed by asian & other pacific islanders (27%), and caucasians (17%). Data shows 70% of patients are at 100% of the federal poverty level or below, 11% are uninsured, and 58% are receiving coverage under quest, the state of hawaii's medicaid program. The waianae coast is an economically distressed community with a population of 48,519. Almost 19% of the population has annual income less than 100% of the federal poverty level, which is the highest level in the city and county of honolulu and the third highest in the state of hawaii. Twenty-nine percent of waianae coast households are receiving snap/cash or other forms of public assistance. This is the highest rate in the city and county of honolulu and the state of hawaii. The average per capita income is $17,300 making it the lowest in the city and county of honolulu and the state of hawaii. Almost 9% of the population is unemployed, the highest in the city and county of honolulu and third highest in the state. The health statistics of the waianae coast parallel the economic situation in the community. The infant mortality rate in waianae is the highest in the city and county of honolulu and second highest in the state. Teen births are also the highest in the city and county of honolulu and third highest in the state. Morbidity and mortality indicators show that the waianae coast ranks highest in the city and county of honolulu and in the state for obesity (43. 5%); adults who smoke (26%); adults with diabetes (13. 7%); diseases of the heart (260. 4 deaths per 100,000); and cancer (197 per 100,000). The health center achieves its mission by not only serving patients who seek services, but also by incorporating the goal of improving the overall health status of the community it serves. The vision of the founders to offer comprehensive health services has guided the development of services and activities of our patient centered health care home, which includes:- adult day care - behavioral health - case management- chronic disease management (diabetes education, asthma education, smoking cessation, etc. )- dental - emergency room services (24 hours, 365 days/year)- exercise classes, fitness training & walking trails- family planning- health education- health emergency liaison program- homeless outreach- institutional review board for research- laboratory- native hawaiian healing (lomilomi, ho'oponopono, la'au lapa'au, pale keiki, ha ha)- nutrition counseling- patient eligibility services- pharmacy - primary care clinics (adult medicine, pediatrics, women's health) - radiology/mammography/bone density screening- restaurant- specialists (general surgery, optometry, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, psychiatry, psychology, dermatology, and chronic pain management)- substance abuse treatment- transportation- health career training/health care professional training- women, infant, children program (wic) the health center is a major economic provider in the community, employing 600 individuals, the majority of whom reside on the waianae coast. The health center is governed and guided by a board of directors that includes 10 members elected from the waianae community, and 10 members appointed for expertise in business, medicine, law, or community affairs, with two representing the service areas of waipahu and kapolei. The health center has maintained a positive financial position by continuously increasing productivity, developing revenue generating services, initiating technological innovations and promoting community involvement. The health center's full array of primary health care services is designed to meet the needs of the target population. Much attention has been paid into placing clinics that are strategically located along bus routes that are visible to the community. The hours of operation at all sites represent a commitment to meet the needs of patients and their personal situations. Clinics are open weekdays as early as 7:00 am and stay open, at the latest, till 8:00 pm. Clinics are also open on saturdays and a walk-in clinic is available at one of the satellite clinics for urgent care. The health center's emergency room is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Primary, preventive, and enabling services are available and accessible to all life cycles regardless of ability to pay for services. Specific preventive (chronic disease management; health education - diabetes, asthma, nutrition, exercise/fitness; and smoking cessation) and enabling services (case management, eligibility assistance) are integrated with primary care. The health center completed construction of its two-story adult medical and pharmacy building in the spring of 2013. The health center will start construction of a new 2-story emergency medical services building in 2015. A key initiative for the health center continues to be developing a "primary care health care home" that fits the model of care that meets the broad health care needs of our patients. The health center continues to grow its partnership through aharo (accountable healthcare alliance of rural oahu) which includes health centers on oahu and the big island whose mission is "promoting access, quality, and cost effectiveness in healthcare by empowering consumers to evaluate the performance of healthcare agencies that serve them. "
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