June 28, 2019

Kaiser Permanente hires new hospital administrator in Hawaii

Sam Balukoff joins Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as the new hospital administrator at award-winning Moanalua Medical Center.

HONOLULU — Sam Balukoff joins Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as the new hospital administrator at Moanalua Medical Center. He will oversee all operational, clinical, and financial activities at the award-winning 295-bed hospital, which provides emergency care and hospital services to more than 250,000 Kaiser Permanente members in Hawaii.

Balukoff has more than a decade of experience as a health care administrator, serving most recently as vice president at the Musculoskeletal Institute for Geisinger Health System, an integrated care delivery system serving more than 3.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He was responsible for managing musculoskeletal services at 11 hospitals, 3 surgery centers, and 26 clinic locations, and overseeing nearly 200 providers from orthopedics, sports medicine, and other specialties. Balukoff has held several operational and administrative leadership positions throughout the Geisinger Health System, including hospital administrator at Shamokin Area Community Hospital, a 48-bed community hospital in Coal Township, Pennsylvania. He also served on the board of the Geisinger Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania.

“Sam’s background in integrated health care and patient experience will be invaluable to our doctors, providers, and staff at Moanalua Medical Center,” said Dave Underriner, regional president of Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii. “His expertise will allow our care teams to continue providing the highest level of care and treatment that places our patients at the center of everything we do.”

Balukoff earned bachelor’s degrees in health care administration and economics from Brigham Young University — Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, and received his master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He co-founded the Advancement League, a national organization of more than 200 young health professionals, and the Young Health Leader Summit, an annual event bringing together emerging industry leaders to help shape the future of health care delivery.

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 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