HONOLULU (KHON2) - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has donated $10,000 to Aloha Medical Mission in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Lisa Grininger, MD, a surgeon at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center.
Grininger is the sixth individual to be recognized for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice, in celebration of Kaiser Permanente's 60th anniversary in Hawaii.
"We encourage our physicians and providers to use their clinical expertise in ways that improve community health beyond the walls of our clinics and hospital," said Geoff Sewell, MD, FACP, president and executive medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. "Dr. Grininger's work has inspired others at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to volunteer for these important medical missions, and we're extremely grateful for her leadership in this area."
Grininger has chosen to direct her donation to Aloha Medical Mission, a Honolulu-based volunteer organization that provides free health care to underserved patients around the world.
She began as a volunteer surgeon in 1993 and now serves as the vice president for overseas missions on the organization's board of directors, coordinating and leading medical missions to countries with limited access to care, including Honduras, the Philippines and Laos.
Her experiences overseas provided her with perspective on how to provide care with limited resources, while overcoming cultural and language challenges.
"Dr. Grininger is passionate about providing surgical care to underserved communities. Her dedication to creating a healthier world is a reflection of our organization's commitment to improving health and wellness in the communities we serve," said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. "We're proud to support Aloha Medical Mission's efforts to provide health care to those with limited access here in Hawaii and abroad."
Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii's communities, supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism.
From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide.
Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.
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