Back Seat Issue Brought to Forefront

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A Weekly Publication for the People of Queen’s • Vol. 18 • No. 38 • September 14, 2009
Back Seat Issue Brought to Forefront
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“Recent fatalities on our roads really
highlight the need for child safety restraints,” said Department of Transportation (DOT) Director Brennon Morioka
last Tuesday as he and others gathered
at Queen’s to kick off the State’s Child
Passenger Safety Seat Week. “Motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of
death for children under the age of 14,”
he stated, adding, “As a father of three
young kids, I feel it is my obligation as a
parent to do everything I can to protect
them. And that’s why we’re here today,
to promote the use of car seats, booster
seats and their proper installation.”
Recognition of Queen’s car seat safety program is important because of efforts to achieve Level 1 Trauma Center
designation, the highest level. A requirement of Level I is injury prevention programs. “We are very proud that
the State chose us to be the site for the
proclamation and week kick off,” said
Cora Speck, who is Queen’s Injury Prevention Program Coordinator.
The DOT is launching an aggressive
campaign in conjunction with a national effort to remind people about
the importance of placing children in
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child safety seats and exactly what the
law in Hawaii requires. The campaign
will include public service announcements to be aired statewide on radio
and in movie theaters.
Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona, a father of four, stepped up to credit his wife
who, “to this day, before she starts that
car, turns around and tells all our kids to
buckle their seat belts. Our kids are now
17 to 26 years old, and she still does this.
I’m hoping that when they have children
of their own, they’ll do the same. It’s
more than an obligation as parents; it is
our kuleana. I ask all the parents out there
to please educate yourselves about this
important issue and take advantage of
the free safety seat inspection stations.”
Three out of four car seats are installed improperly. On top of that, many
1. Captain Chuck Hirata straps in baby Lyla.
2. Brennon Morioka looks in on his four year
old twin sons Brayden (front) and Bronson
after they are properly strapped in.
drivers don’t even obey the restraint
laws. In Hawaii, children under the age
of four must be in a safety seat. From
age four to eight, they should be in a
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safety
or booster seat. Failure to comply
can result in fines of up to $500, and violators must take a child passenger safety class. Booster seat recommendations
are for anyone under 4 foot 9 inches or
89 pounds or less. Many small adults
use some kind of seating assistance.
Last year, 937 child restraint violations
were issued in the State of Hawaii.
Captain Chuck Hirata of the Maui Police Department, a certified child safety
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Volleyball Camaraderie Spills Over at Work
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Volleyball is big stuff here in Hawaii
and it’s played in just about every park
and gym in the State. The Queen’s
Medical Center is no exception; the
Queen’s Volleyball League recently
wrapped up its 2009 season. The QET
4D Brain Teasers finished in the top
spot with an undefeated season. The
second place team was Kekela Crisis.
Code Red came in third, followed by
Biomed’s Mixed Plate, Emergency, Rehab Services’ Po‘ailima and the Pauahi
4 Frequent Flyers.
Over 100 employees and their spouses participated in the co-ed league.
Certain rules were instigated on the
men to make co-ed play fair and to ensure player safety. There are no limitations on the women players; they can
Child Car Seats
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seat inspector, demonstrated proper fit
on the restraint straps as six-month
old Lyla Grace Baker (granddaughter
of Karen Schultz, VP of Patient Care)
smiled in complete cooperation. He
then deftly lifted her seat into the car
to demonstrate correct installation.
“You want to keep infants in rear facing
seats for as long as possible. And please,
read the manual that comes with the
car seats,” he admonished. Captain Hirata also noted that the most common
mistakes parents make are: the child
safety seat is too loose; the harness is
too loose; the tether or latch is not correctly used; and not placing the harness
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and do play as hard as
they want.
Al Morishita, Biomed
Technician, started the
league in 2007. “There
were so many people who
wanted to play,” Al recalled,
“but nobody wanted to organize it. I finally stepped
up and I’m glad I did. The
competition is great, the
camaraderie awesome
and the teamwork outstanding. It just gets better every year.” The league
runs during the summer
for 11 weeks, normally on Friday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00pm. Matches are
played at Halawa or Kalakaua Gym with
two games played simultaneously.
Code Red’s Lucy Quisano, Patient
Services Rep at the Queen Emma Clinics, says her team was typical. “We
started out with only three players,”
she said, but Al helped them out and
they ended up with a roster of 11. “We
made a great connection with each
other, not just as a team but almost
as a family. That connection served us
on and off the court. To come in third
retainer clip at armpit level.
Sunday, October 4, is Children and
Youth Day at the State Capitol area.
Queen’s will have a large car seat event
in the Department of Health (DOH)
parking lot across from the Queen’s ER
from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please call
the Queen’s Referral Line at 537-7117
for other Safety Seat Inspection dates
and appointments.
There will be a re-certification course at Queen’s
on Thursday, November
12, for people who have
let their inspection certifications lapse. A Certification course is usually held once a year in
the spring, depending on
funding. For more information, call Cora Speck,
QMC Injury Prevention
& Research Program Coordinator at 537-7059.
Above: The 2009 Queen’s Volleyball
League Champions, the Brain Teasers, celebrate their final victory. Back row: Kevin Lao
(volunteer), Ky Lao, Summer Kaliko (Respiratory), Kawehi Kauhola (QET 4D). Front row:
Linne Acton (QET 6), Shontel Mortensen
(QET 4D), Nez Daba (QET 4D).
place after starting with just three
players is pretty great.”
Pamela Anderson, COTA, of team
Po‘ailima, is a league veteran who has
played in all three seasons and won
the championship in 2007. “While at
work, our relationships are focused on
work, schedules, patients, etc. But on
the volleyball court, it’s laughter, supporting each other, encouraging each
other,” Pam explained. “We all play at
different skill levels and the more seasoned players teach and encourage the
newer ones. Can I give a shout out to
Al Morishita? He is behind the scenes
planning everything and arranging for
gym time, referees and is the liaison
between all the teams. He’s the bomb!”
“Volleyball is fun—especially when
you win!,” laughed Kawehi Kauhola,
cocaptain of this year’s top team, the
Brain Teasers. The team is made up
of 4D staff as well as staff from other
departments. “The volleyball league
helps you form relationships with
those you probably otherwise wouldn’t
have. It spills over to the workplace.
We will definitely be back next year
and I would highly recommend others
to join the fun. We welcome all skill
levels. Did I mention that we were undefeated? Woo hooo!!”
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Please join us for the QMC/Kaiser
Challenge on Wednesday, October 7
from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Ward Warehouse. This fun event seeks to promote
awareness of the new Komen Pink store,
with all proceeds going to cancer research. The Queen’s vs. Kaiser “throw
down” will include events such as meatball and sushi eating contests, a trivia
bowl, a group Twist contest, and a “best
makeover.” The Neurosurgery Band with
Drs. Dan Donovan, Leon Liem and Eric
Oshiro will also be on hand. All departments are encouraged to participate in
some way. Contact Lisa Coins at lcoins@
queens.org or at 547-4277 to join.
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The Queen’s 150th Anniversary Employee Volunteer Events Committee is looking for volunteers for National Make-ADifference Day. On Saturday, October
24, QHS participants will volunteer at
Lunalilo Home from 8:00 am to 3:00
pm. Lunalilo Home is a senior residence
Sell:
’02 Silver Nissan Sentra GXE: 97K mi. Good
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Call 262-5559 for more info.
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small pet OK. Only 5 blks to QMC. $1,100
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and adult daycare facility whose focus is
serving our kupuna (elders). About 150
Queen’s employees are needed to help
revitalize the landscaping and do some
indoor painting. Lunch will be provided.
Please contact Jeannine Johnson at jejohnson@queens.org or call 537-7261 if
you can volunteer four hours of your time
(morning or afternoon) on October 24.
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The Kamehameha doors are now
alarmed with both an audible alarm and
an electronic alarm sent to Security Dispatch. These doors are locked nightly at
9:00 pm in accordance with Department
of Homeland Security guidelines. Any
person forcing open the doors will be videotaped; employees who force open these
locked doors and will have an investigation with results sent to that employee’s
Vice President. Please help keep our hospital safe at night and do not force open
the Kamehameha doors after they are
locked.
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Pauahi 4 is in need of used clothes
for special needs patients, especially
clothes for men, shirts and pants, sizes M-XL. Please drop them off at the
nurses’ station with any P4 staff member. P4 thanks all for your donations,
past, present and future.
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Cafe Aloha has new hours: 6:00 to
4:00 am daily. Holiday hours are 6:00
am to 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 1:00 am.
Operators close completely for 30 minute breaks as necessary.
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The Women’s Health Center Book
Club invites all to their meeting even if
you did not read current selection, The
Shadow of the Wind. The group meets this
1073 Kinau: 2/2 apt w/spacious lvg rm, full
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Thursday, September 17, from 5:00 to
6:30 pm. Get reading now on The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, the October selection. Lush, evocative and deeply humane,
the story of Santiago the shepherd is
testament to the transforming power of
dreams and the importance of listening
to our hearts. Discussion takes place later
in October. Register at 537-7117.
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To schedule a facial at the Women’s
Health Center, call 537-7734. Many
different types of facials are available.
Both men and women are welcome to
enjoy this rejuvenating experience.
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will be held at the Queen’s Conference
Center on Monday, September 28, from
5:00 to 11:00 pm. Are you more than
100 pounds overweight or a diabetic on
insulin? Register online at www.queens.
org under Lectures/Classes.
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A Lung Cancer Support group meets
on Monday, September 28, from 10:00 to
11:00 am at the Queen’s Cancer Center.
Call 545-8777 for more information.
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The Queen’s Basketball League playoff
results for last week are: OR 48-QET8 DH
41; FTC 56-B Team 33; Security 39-Rehab/PT 36; Nurses 38-Crisis 36. Playoffs
continue at Kilauea Gym Wednesday,
September 16 at 6:00 pm, culminating in
the championship game at 7:45 pm. Visit
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