May 22, 2012

New dialysis center gets traditional Hawaiian blessing

Joan Danieley named president and Susana Mendoza, MD, Named Medical Director of Rainbow Dialysis

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s new Rainbow Dialysis Center at its Wailuku Clinic was blessed today during a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. Rainbow Dialysis President Joan Danieley and Medical Director Susana Mendoza, MD, were joined by Mayor Alan Arakawa in a ceremony that included a blessing by Rev. Kealahou Alika. The new Rainbow Dialysis Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, will be managed by DaVita, one of the nation’s largest providers of kidney-care needs, and will officially open and start treating patients in early June.

"We’re pleased to welcome Rainbow Dialysis to our community,” said Arakawa. "Dialysis patients on Maui already face many challenges, so having the convenience of both dialysis and other primary care services available in one location, makes a world of difference. Our community deserves high-quality kidney care, which I’m sure Rainbow Dialysis will provide.”

With the opening of Rainbow Dialysis, Maui kidney patients now benefit from the full coordination of care available through Kaiser Permanente. The center fully leverages Kaiser Permanente’s team-based and patient-centered care delivery model, which helps reduce complications, improves the overall quality of care and prevents kidney failure, while offering convenience to patients. The coordinated approach ensures that a larger medical team will care for patients, including Dr. Mendoza, Kaiser Permanente’s on-site nephrologist, and urgent care team, who have easy access to patients’ electronic health records.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving access to quality care for the people of Hawaii,” said Danieley. “As the prevalence of diabetes and kidney disease continues to grow, it is important to make access to quality dialysis services and kidney treatment available to the community in one visit at the Wailuku Clinic. The dialysis center will be managed by DaVita, a nationwide provider that has nearly 1,900 outpatient dialysis centers serving 145,000 patients, and is setting the benchmark for quality outcomes with a record of 11 straight years of improved clinical outcomes, which are the best or among the best in virtually every category.”

Danieley also serves as Kaiser Permanente’s vice president for health plan service and administration, responsible for leading the strategy, development and execution of health plan functions. She brings to her role 15 years of experience as a health plan executive, as well as strong community ties, serving as a board member on the newly formed Hawaii Health Connector, Hawaii’s insurance exchange program, Aloha United Way and the Hawaii Association of Health Plans. She also serves on the YMCA’s Pioneering Healthy Communities Committee.

“We are excited to be expanding renal services at our Wailuku Clinic to provide much-needed dialysis care to our patients and the community as a whole,” said Dr. Mendoza. “Providing dialysis services as part of our integrated health system will enable us to closely monitor our patients and more effectively manage their kidney disease.”

Susana Mendoza, MD, board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, joined Kaiser Permanente in 2008. She graduated from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and completed her residency (internal medicine) and fellowship (nephrology) at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles.

For more information on Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Rainbow Dialysis Center and services, please call 808-298-0555.