HONOLULU —Hawai‘i Pacific Health will celebrate the rebranding of its Aiea facility from Kapi‘olani Medical Center at Pali Momi to Pali Momi Medical Center at a reception on Friday, July 30, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the main entrance located at 98-1079 Moanalua Rd.

The program begins at 6:15 p.m. with welcome remarks by Chief Operating Officer Jen Chahanovich [pronounced “cha-HAH-na-vitch”]. Also speaking are Mark Pitts, M.D., Pali Momi’s Chief of Staff.

According to Chahanovich, “Our medical center has grown from a respected community hospital to a recognized regional leader.  The rebranding of our center to Pali Momi Medical Center celebrates this evolution and our 20 years of serving the Central and West O‘ahu communities.”

At the event, the center’s new logo will be unveiled. It incorporates the landmark ‘Āina Lani sculpture and water feature that graces the facility’s entrance. ‘Āina Lani represents a volcano and was created more than 20 years ago by local artist and sculptor, Sean Browne. ‘Āina Lani or “Heavenly Land” stands for life, rebirth and rejuvenation, an appropriate metaphor for the center’s rebranding. For many years, the sculpture’s water feature was not operational and many visitors to the center did not understand its significance. Mr. Browne will speak briefly about the inspiration for ‘Āina Lani and after a blessing by Reverend Nathan Kohashi, the waterfall will be turned on to mark this new beginning.

In addition to the name change, the center’s website will be changed to www.palimomi.org. The center’s business address and phone numbers remain unchanged.

Submitted by Aubrey Hawk for Pali Momi Medical Center. Pali Momi Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital located in West O‘ahu and dedicated to the health and well-being of all Hawai‘i residents. With 116 beds and more than 375 physicians, Pali Momi offers a full range of services. It has delivered many medical firsts for the community, including Leeward O‘ahu’s only interventional cardiac catheterization unit for the detection and treatment of heart disease, a fully integrated minimally invasive surgical suite, CT scan and MRI services, emergency services, a women’s center and the state’s first retina center. Pali Momi is the only facility in Hawai‘i that utilizes a team triage approach in its Emergency Room, where patients are promptly evaluated by an emergency physician. For three consecutive years, the American Heart Association has recognized the hospital with its Gold Award for excellence in the treatment of coronary artery disease. In 2009, it was one of only 118 facilities across the country to meet this high standard. Pali Momi was founded in 1989 and is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, the state’s largest health care provider. Learn more at:www.palimomi.org

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