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Graham to serve as NHCH acting president

Kenneth Graham (PHOTO COURTESY OF NHCH)
Kenneth Graham (PHOTO COURTESY OF NHCH)

The Queen’s Health Systems, corporate parent of The Queen’s Medical Center, named Kenneth D. Graham, as acting president of North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Graham previously served as system integration adviser in the office of Queen’s President and CEO Art Ushijima, supporting hospital planning, clinical integration, corporate alignment, and neighbor-island health. He also provided team support for activation of The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu and the affiliation with NHCH.

He is the former president and CEO of El Camino Hospital, a 542 bed district owned not-for-profit hospital, located on two campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley. Under his leadership, El Camino was named “The most technologically advanced hospital in the world” by Popular Science Magazine in December 2009.

Previously he served as CEO at Overlake Hospital Medical Center, with 337 beds, and in various executive positions with the Daughters of Charity Health System West, with 2,400 beds, Grossmont District Hospital, with 426 beds, and Long Beach Community Hospital, with 350 beds.

He is professionally certified in medical record administration, and also certified in health care administration. Through his career as a hospital executive, he has served as CEO at sophisticated hospitals and as a board member or adviser to dozens of health care organizations.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in public health, and a master’s of public health, both from UCLA.

Queen’s also named Marilynn Hata as acting vice president of Finance and Operations. Hata has extensive practice management consulting experience with a number of physicians. She previously served as a business development consultant for Queen’s. Hata was born and raised in Hilo and has an MBA from the University of Hawaii. Her father, the late Richard T. Hata, M.D., was a general surgeon in Hilo.

On Dec. 16, Queen’s announced that it had officially entered into an affiliation agreement with NHCH. In the agreement, NHCH became a corporate entity under Queen’s, similar to The Queen’s Medical Center and Molokai General Hospital. QMC has had a clinical affiliation with NHCH since 2005. The affiliation takes effect Jan. 15. Both Queen’s and NHCH expect the transition to occur without any disruption of service to the community.