HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii recently honored Lisa Grininger, MD, and Nathan Horie as the 2020 recipients of the national David Lawrence Community Service Award. The award honors Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians in each of Kaiser Permanente’s 8 regions for outstanding volunteer activities to improve community health and wellness.
Dr. Grininger is a general surgeon and has served as a volunteer with Aloha Medical Mission for 26 years, helping to provide medical care to developing countries. First becoming involved as a volunteer surgeon in 1993, she has since taken on leading and coordinating missions to underserved areas in Honduras and the Philippines where populations face poverty and limited access to care. Currently, Dr. Grininger is focusing her volunteer efforts on developing educational teaching programs so future missions can have a broader impact.
Horie works in the Kaiser Permanente printshop and volunteers for Special Olympics Hawaii, coaching athletes, coordinating events, and serving as head of delegation. For 18 years, Horie has brought his positive encouragement to athletes and inspired them to be their best. He continues his work with Special Olympics Hawaii today, helping to dispel stigma and bringing awareness about the intellectually disabled population.
To celebrate Dr. Grininger and Horie’s accomplishments, Kaiser Permanente will donate $10,000 to each of their selected nonprofits. The David Lawrence Community Service Award is named for David Lawrence, MD, former chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente and a lifelong advocate for improving health.
For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.