HMSA health plan is ranked among top 75 plans in nation
The Hawaii Medical Service Association's Health Plan Hawaii has been ranked among the nation's top 75 health plans by U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The list of America's Best Health Plans in a 2006 survey appears in the magazine's Nov. 6 issue. The HMSA plan ranks 73rd among commercial health plans according to criteria such as access to care, prevention, treatment and overall member satisfaction. Health Plan Hawaii had high marks for member satisfaction, including satisfaction with the plan's physicians, services and health care, HMSA reported.
U.S. News & World Report uses data collected by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
"HMSA strives to ensure access to affordable, quality health care," said Myra Williams, HMSA assistant vice president.
Sacred Hearts' annual fundraising gala honors 3 graduates active in community
» Sacred Hearts Academy will honor three distinguished graduates at its 11th annual Scholarship Fund Gala on Oct. 7 at the Sheraton Waikiki. They are Harriet Lopez-Gray
, from the class of 1935; Barbara Lee Leong
, 1949; and Patricia Johnson
Lopez-Gray attended Cannon's School of Business and worked in the Hawaii State Court System, the Legislature, the City and County of Honolulu, the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Leong, with a degree in education, has worked in the state Department of Education for a long time and with the Special Education Center of Hawaii. Her extensive volunteer services have included the care of disabled adults and children.
Johnson started her own advertising business at 25 years of age and today owns a multimillion-dollar company. She has received numerous professional awards, including "Portland's Top 40 executives under 40." She is active in the Portland community and charity work, and is the youngest member of the board of regents at the University of Portland, her alma mater.
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Police seek driver in Waimanalo hit-run
Police are asking for the public's assistance in locating a driver who struck an 18-year-old man on Kalanianaole Highway in Waimanalo yesterday and fled the scene.
About 12:15 a.m., police said, a vehicle, possibly a white 1995 Toyota, was traveling west on Kalanianaole Highway passing Moole Street. The pedestrian was crossing the highway when he was struck by the car in the westbound lane.
Police said the driver fled the scene without providing any aid to the victim.
The pedestrian, from Waimanalo, suffered severe head injuries and multiple injuries to the lower part of his body and was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in critical condition. Police said he remains in critical condition.
The vehicle that fled would have damage to the front right side of the car, based on evidence gathered from the site.
Anyone with information may call police officer Chris Yamaguchi or Sgt. John Agno of the Honolulu Police Department's Traffic Division at 529-3499.
Hauula home burglary leads to teen's arrest
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy after he allegedly burglarized a home in Hauula.
About 8:50 p.m. Saturday, police said, the suspect was found hiding outside a home in the 53-300 block of Kamehameha Highway. Police said the home had been burglarized and a neighbor had seen the suspect running from the home.
The boy was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary. He was released pending investigation.
Firefighters extricate man from vehicle
A 27-year-old man was taken to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition yesterday after a vehicle he was in crashed into a Kahuku home.
About 1:30 a.m., firefighters extricated the man from his vehicle at 56-108 Pualalea St., a fire dispatcher said.
Man, 23, charged in assault on girlfriend
Police charged a 23-year-old man yesterday after he allegedly struck his girlfriend in the face.
Police identified him as Moto Piamono of Aiea.
About 9 a.m. Saturday, police said, Piamono was arguing with his girlfriend, 22, at their home in the 99-0000 block of Kalaloa Street.
Police said he choked her and punched her in the face, causing a fracture.
Police arrested Piamono Saturday and he was charged yesterday with second-degree assault. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Driver held in alleged joyriding case
A 26-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after taking a 51-year-old man's car out for a joyride, police said.
At about 1:50 a.m., the man reported his vehicle stolen after seeing it driven out of his parking lot.
The responding officer spotted the vehicle on Farrington Highway and arrested the driver on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.
Fire damages warehouse in Lihue
An early-morning fire in Kauai yesterday caused $200,000 in structural damage to a warehouse in Lihue Industrial Park II.
The fire department received an alarm from the Trex Hawaii warehouse around 12:45 a.m., and firefighters brought the fire under control 10 minutes later, and extinguished the blaze by 2:30.
Two employees inside the warehouse escaped without injuries, officials said.
Damage was contained to roof areas. The fire department was still investigating the cause of the fire yesterday.