Sachi Braden Joins Kapiolani Health Foundation Board

Three Hawaii business leaders have joined the Kapiolani Health Foundation board of directors to help drive funding to its nonprofit hospital, the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, which is in the midst of a $30 million capital campaign.

Sachi Braden, owner of the Honolulu real estate firm Sachi Hawaii, Marcus Merner, managing director with GreenOak Real Estate, and Eileen Wacker, CEO of ONCEKids, are the three new faces to the now 24-member board.

The board’s mission is to focus on supporting the services and programs provided at Kapiolani Medical Center, which are getting a boost from its $30 million capital campaign that is funding part of the hospital’s three-phase expansion and renovation.

Michael Robinson, president of Kapiolani Health Foundation and executive director of parent affiliate Hawaii Pacific Health, told me in an exclusive interview that the estimated $160 million project will expand the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 46 beds to 70 private beds, and will add square footage to its 14-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Those two departments combined comprise 10,000 square feet currently, and will expand to 50,000 square feet.

“It is our goal to provide more family-centered care,” said Robinson in May. Read the full story on the hospital’s master plan here.