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Kapiolani Medical Center Accepted a $1 Million Gift from Nan, Inc.

Kapiolani Medical Center accepted a $1 million gift from Nan, Inc. to improve and expand its facilities.

Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s CEO, Martha Smith said, “Nan, Inc. is a generous advocate for many programs in our community, and we are very grateful that they have chosen to support Kapi‘olani. Their gift will help us further our mission of providing high quality healthcare to Hawaii’s women and children, particularly by supporting critical space for teaching and training programs for our physicians, nurses and allied health professionals.”

Kapiolani Medical Center began with a queen’s concern for the infants in her kingdom. In 1890, Kapiolani Medical Center was then called Kapiolani Maternity Home. It’s purpose was to care for mothers and babies. It later merged with Kauikeolani Children’s Hospital and became known as the medical center it is today. Kapiolani is a not-for-profit hospital with more than 1,500 employees and over 600 physicians.

Kapiolani provides a variety of services for Hawaii and the Pacific region such as intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric care, air transport, maternal-fetal medicine, high-risk perinatal care, and women’s health services.

The hospital is known for being a leader in important medical education and community health outreach programs. Kapiolani further serves as a teaching hospital as well as a center for research and development of new treatments in prenatal, neonatal, and children’s and women’s medicine.

Kapiolani was considered a state-of-the-art facility when it was built; however, a need for expansion and renovation has become apparent. Nan, Inc. stepped up to the plate and donated $1 million to aid in the hospital’s expansion. Nan, Inc.’s donation will help the new neonatal intensive care unit, prenatal intensive care unit, and a new auditorium. The hospital plans to name the auditorium, Nan Inc Auditorium.

This auditorium will be a meeting and education space with top of the line technology. And it will support programs like the Child Life Program, which creates fun and supportive environments for patients and their families. The Nan Inc Auditorium will be a 1,600-square-foot auditorium will feature a 7-by-12-foot video wall display.

Nan, Inc.’s founder, Nan Chul Shin said, “We are honored to give back to the hospital that cared for our children as well as many of our employees’ children. We are also dedicated in supporting Kapiolani’s educational programs, and this new auditorium will facilitate the perfect environment for educating Hawaii’s future physicians and other health care providers, who will then carry on to care for our children’s children.”