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March 24, 2017

New Member Spotlight: HADONA Joins HAH

The Hawaii Association of Directors of Nursing Administration - Long Term Care (HADONA) has joined the Healthcare Association of Hawaii as an associate member.
HADONA is the state chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration - Long Term Care (NADONA).
The objectives of the organization include fostering the development and growth of nursing leaders, exchanging ideas for the improvement and maintenance of standards for quality nursing care, and promoting educational opportunities for professional nurses and long term care providers serving the elderly in Hawaii.
HADONA currently has 42 members representing a majority of the skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the state.  Members meet monthly to discuss issues in health care in Hawaii, receive continuing education, share ideas, and participate in conference planning. Sharing of information and best practices evidence helps keep HADONA members on the cutting edge of current knowledge and trends. 
HADONA also provides educational opportunities for Hawaii professional caregivers by hosting an annual conference in March. The conference covers topical material regarding quality of care and services in long term care and provides a valuable networking venue for exchanging ideas and promoting positive community relationships.
Any director of nursing or assistant director of nursing in long term care who wishes to join HADONA may do so through the national website at and designate Hawaii as the home chapter.
For questions regarding HADONA please contact President Trish Schuler at, or Margaret Salvador, treasurer and membership chair, at
“HADONA is privileged to become an associate member of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and looks forward to having a collaborative relationship in promoting the highest quality of care for the people of Hawaii,” Schuler said.

Geriatric Care Conference Early Bird Rate Available

There is still time to snag the early bird rate for “Sixty-Five Shades of Gray: Controversies in Geriatric Care,” a conference on April 14 at the Halekulani, coordinated by the Queens Medical Center.
The conference explores gray areas in geriatric medicine that pose clinical conundrums and challenge providers caring for Hawaii's older adults.
The topics include evaluating the ability of patients with dementia to make decisions, treating geriatric kidney disease patients, handling infectious disease in older patients, testing for sexually transmitted diseases in older LGBTQ patients, and responding to requests for medically-hastened death.
The fee is $120 for Queens physicians and staff members, and $130 for other registrants. The deadline for early bird registrations is March 31.  After March 31 the fee rises to $140 for Queens physicians and staff, and $150 for others.
For the conference brochure and registration form click here. Continuing education credits are offered.  For more info call (808) 691-4406.
House Republican leaders on Friday canceled a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The American Hospital Association on Friday said in a message to members that “prospects of future congressional action addressing the ACA are uncertain at this time.”
Prior to today’s vote cancellation, the AHA had expressed concerns over the loss of coverage as a result of the provisions in the bill, which would have resulted in 24 million more uninsured Americans by 2026.
AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy Tom Nickels will provide an update and take questions during a live members-only Town Hall webcast on Wednesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. ET.
The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), which represents the nation’s skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, on Friday said “it seems likely that health care reform will not be a priority and Congress will move on to other issues.”
AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson thanked members for contacting Congressional representatives and urging them to protect funding for the neediest and frailest citizens. Hundreds of members traveled to D.C. over the past week to share the message in person.

HAH Events

Continence Management Webinar
April 5
10:00 - 11:00 am

Save the Date!

HAH Annual Meeting

July 18
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

Teepa Snow
A Positive Approach to Dementia Care
July 26
Queen's Conference Center
Details coming soon

HAH Advocacy Day
August 22
Hawaii Prince Hotel
*For HAH Members Only*

HAH Awards & Scholarship Gala
October 21
Ko'olau Ballrooms
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