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Hawaii Keiki Program; HHSC Bill; Damage Control Book


Thursday, March 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawaii Keiki Program: Mary Boland

Mary Boland

Remember the days when your school had a school nurse? Maybe your school only had a health aid as school nurses can be expensive. That's why a pilot partnership between the department of education and UH M?noa’s School of Nursing has only been able to place an RN in only a third of the state's school complexes... But if a measure continues to advance this legislative session, all 15 school complexes will have an RN of their own. The Hawaii Keiki program would be expanded under HB1440 and make a big step toward the long-term goal to meet the national standard of one RN to every 750 students. Mary Boland is the Dean of the UHM School of Nursing and she joined us in-studio.

  • Intro Music:  Another Fire by Brownout
  • Outro Music:  Together At Last by Lack of Afro


HB1112, HHSC Bill: Dr. Linda Rosen

Linda Rosen

This year, the 13 hospitals that make up the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation are facing a $48 million budget deficit. That's a position that the network knows well. For years the group has operated at a deficit. When the current fiscal year ends on June 30, HHSC would likely face the same situation. Stopping that cycle is the reasoning behind a bill to reconsolidate its operational administration and oversight by eliminating its regional system boards. HB1112 HD2 would also repeal some limits on its operational authority and change HHSC supplemental bargaining agreements for its employees. Hawaii Health Systems Corp CEO Linda Rosen joined the show to review it.

  • Intro Music:  Human – Tin-Tin Out Mix by Pretenders
  • Outro Music:  Before Tigers (CFCF RMX) by Health


Damage Control, Book: Mary Spears

Mary Spears

It’s too easy to see traumatic brain injury as an ending -- but as some TBI patients have learned, it doesn’t have to be.   It’s a long road back, but there are reasons to hope, and those are the focus of the book Damage Control: a Brain Injury Survivor Helps You Beat the Odds.   Hawaii Island Author Mary Spears wrote the book with brain injury survivor Phil Slott.

  • Intro Music:  Open Letter by The Helio Sequence
  • Outro Music: Semper by Dorena
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