Big Island doctor honored as medical hero
Dr. Sharon Shay Bintliff
, medical director and emergency physician at Hale Ho'ola Hamakua Hospital on the Big Island, was recognized as a "Hero of Emergency Medicine" by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Bintliff originated the "Blow the Whistle on Violence" program, duplicated in more than 500 communities across the country. She has served on more than 50 committees and task forces in Hawaii as an advocate for children's health, prevention of injuries and promotion of well-being.
Valisa Saunders, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii gerontological nurse practitioner, is the first nonphysician ever to receive the American Geriatrics Society's "Clinician of the Year" award. She was honored for her dedication and contributions to advancing the gerontology practice and quality of care.
The Friends of Hawaii Charities Inc. and ABC Stores each gave $5,000 to the Communities in Schools of Hawaii, a project of Volunteer Resource Center of Hawaii. The project helps youth, children and families in Waipahu.
Kumu Kahua Theatre was awarded a $71,250 grant-in-aid by the state. At least $10,000 will be used to commission new plays from local writers.
Shining Stars appears several times a week in the Star-Bulletin