May 13, 2019

Service leaders recognized with donations to local charities

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii recognized neurologist Todd Devere, MD, and Margaret Peralta, as recipients of the national David Lawrence Community Service Award.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Todd Devere, MD, with ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s Terryn Davis, regional care manager, and Jennifer Schack, regional director of community outreach.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente today recognized neurologist Todd Devere, MD, and Margaret Peralta, as recipients of the national David Lawrence Community Service Award. The award honors outstanding volunteer activities to improve community health and wellness spearheaded by Kaiser Permanente staff in each of the organization’s 8 regions. To celebrate their accomplishments, Kaiser Permanente will donate $10,000 to local nonprofits selected by each award recipient.

Dr. Devere, chief of neurology at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center, will contribute his $10,000 award to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. He is a passionate advocate for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, and has volunteered for 15 years with organizations that focus on improving quality of life for ALS patients. In 2016, Dr. Devere founded the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii ALS Clinic, the only fully integrated ALS multidisciplinary clinic in the state, at the Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. The clinic is a one-stop shop for patients and increases the medical team’s ability to collaborate and coordinate care and treatment. He is currently supporting the launch of an additional ALS multidisciplinary clinic and leveraging telemedicine to increase access to care for ALS patients living on the neighbor islands.

“Dr. Devere and his team have brought another level of care and service to patients with severe neurological disorders and diseases so they can have better quality of life and more time to spend with their families,” said Geoffrey Sewell, MD, FACP, president and executive medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. “His ongoing work in this area has had an enormous impact on the community and serves as a model for how our physicians and providers can improve community health in many different specialties.”

Peralta, a senior management assistant in primary care and clinic administration at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, will donate $10,000 to the American Cancer Society. Peralta is an active community volunteer, supporting various organizations and causes over the past 14 years. She participates in or leads numerous Kaiser Permanente-sponsored events, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Honolulu AIDS Walk, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, annual region-wide food drives, and Kaiser Permanente flu shot clinics. She is a past recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Presidents’ Kilohana Award in the category of Excellence in the Community.


Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Margaret Peralta presents the David Lawrence Award check to the staff of the American Cancer Society.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Margaret Peralta (far right) presents the David Lawrence Award check to the staff of the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud of the great work our team is doing to support our community,” said Dave Underriner, regional president of Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “Dr. Devere and Peralta embody Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to serving the communities where we live and work. Their acts of service have significant impacts on the health and well-being of the community.”

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.

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 12.3 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