April 16, 2019

Kaiser Permanente creates greener campus

Kaiser Permanente provided volunteers and monetary support for the project

EWA BEACH, Hawaii  — Volunteers from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii gathered for a community workday at Ilima Intermediate School today, working with school staff to help improve the campus. This is part of Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing initiative to support healthy learning environments for Hawaii youth by restoring and maintaining school campuses.

Volunteers completed general maintenance including planting sod in the school courtyard and various areas around campus. Kaiser Permanente provided volunteers, lunch and monetary support for the project.

“Our team greatly enjoys supporting projects like the community work day at Ilima Intermediate School,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Creating a clean and safe place to learn helps instill a sense of pride in the students, a pride that can spread to their academic accomplishments and the community at large.”

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has partnered with Hawaii 3R’s, an organization founded by the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, to identify and complete impactful projects at schools across the state. Hawaii 3R's provided a grant for $9,000 for the Ilima Intermediate School projects.

"We’re grateful to Kaiser Permanente and 3R’s for donating their time and resources to help support our school and perform needed work on our campus,” said Christopher D. Bonilla, principal of Ilima Intermediate School. "The work today creates a better learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.”

About Hawaii 3R’s
In 2001, the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye began a new initiative called Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remodel and Restore Hawaii’s public schools) whose mission is to bring outside financial and human resources together to tackle the approximately $640 million repair and maintenance backlog in Hawaii’s public schools.  Hawaii 3R’s works with state agencies, trade unions, businesses, military, community leaders, parents, teachers and students to match public and private funds with volunteers’ “sweat equity” to reduce the backlog. 

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight 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. 

Laura Lott