Adventist Health Castle | Windward Health | Spring 2021

WINDWARD HEALTH | 5 COVID-19 vaccine Your questions answered It is the mission of Adventist Health Castle to care for our community, and we are working diligently to coordinate allocation and distribution of the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine according to the Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines. We were the first Windward O‘ahu location to start vaccine distribution to our k ū puna, and with steady supply we will continue the distribution process. Appointments are made available according to supply. We thank you for your patience. How can I register for my vaccine? Please visit for our registration process. For those who aren’t tech- savvy, we encourage friends, family and neighbors to assist with registration, transportation and any special assistance their grandma, grandpa, aunty, uncle or neighbor might require. What do I need to bring to my first appointment? Bring your completed registration form, paper copies of your insurance card and state ID and one proof of employment (badge with photo, pay stub—within the last month with employee and employer names—or a letter from employer certifying employment). capture and read studies from outside of the OR. As its name suggests, the versatile hybrid cardiovascular room functions as both a catheterization lab and an operating room with a combination of technologies to support a full range of interventional procedures and complex surgeries, all in the same space. Its high-definition imaging system guides physicians through advanced cardiovascular and endovascular procedures. And should a patient need to undergo emergency open-heart surgery, the hybrid room converts to a full-service operating room, avoiding the need to move the patient. Local, exceptional care Healthgrades ® is an independent, consumer- oriented organization that evaluates hospital quality for conditions and procedures based solely on clinical outcomes. Castle was recently recognized by Healthgrades with a Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™, placing our hospital in the top 10% of providers nationwide for treating acute heart attacks. “Adventist Health Castle has recently distinguished itself as a center of excellence by offering superior care for heart attack patients with outstanding survival outcomes,” says interventional cardiologist Ramy Badawi, MD. “Our goal is to open artery Ready for a lifestyle change? It is often said that prevention is the best medicine. Interventional cardiologist Jamalah Munir, MD, takes a hands-on approach to helping you make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of a heart attack and other life-threatening conditions. She offers the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) several times a year to help keep Windward O‘ahu families healthy and fit. Learn more by visiting or by calling 466-1137 . Jamalah Munir, MD Start here Check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and read our FAQs at . blockages and restore blood flow to the heart within 90 minutes of our initial contact with a patient. Windward O‘ahu residents can be assured that they are in good hands with the team here at Castle.” Minutes matter in emergencies At the first sign of a heart attack, don’t delay getting to the nearest emergency room where a fast and accurate diagnosis is the key to treatment and the best possible outcome. An extensive $7.5 million renovation of Castle’s Emergency Department in 2016 included technology upgrades, increased capacity of 50% and added specialty rooms for cardiac patients. “It’s a little known fact that we are among the best for ‘door-to-doctor’ times in the state, with an average 10 minute wait time,” says Ish Howze, RN, Emergency Department manager. “The cardiac catheterization labs and operating room are right next door to the Emergency Department, with heart specialists standing by to help with cardiac emergencies.” Howze encourages residents to get educated and become comfortable in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke and to seek care at the emergency department nearest to them: “Minutes are precious, and we have a highly skilled, collaborative team of healthcare providers that know what it takes to help you survive an attack.” Ramy Badawi, MD