North Hawaii Community Hospital Announces New Board of Director

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) announces the addition of Robert K. Lindsey to the hospital’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Lindsey, a retired Kamehameha Schools Administrator, brings years of political, cultural, business and community experience and knowledge to NHCH’s board.

Robert “Bob” Lindsey

Born in Hilo and raised in Kamuela, Hawai‘i, Robert “Bob” Lindsey has lived in Waimea all his life, only leaving to attend high school and college on O‘ahu. Lindsey earned his BA from the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa. He worked with Kamehameha Schools from 1987 until retiring in 2004, serving the last 13 years as Director – Land Assets Division – Hawai‘i. Prior to joining Kamehameha Schools, Lindsey was a social worker, park ranger and served a two-year term as State House Representative – District 6 from 1984 to 1986.

Lindsey also currently resides as board member of 10 non-profit organizations, including The Kohala Center (co-founder and director), Waimea Outdoor Circle, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Kanu O Ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana, Kohala Ditch Foundation, Habitat for Humanity – West Hawai‘i, and President of Laiopua 2020. In addition, Lindsey is Vice Chair on the Board of Trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and sitting member of the Hawai‘i Island Legislative Caucus.

“Our roots as a community hospital reach throughout North Hawai‘i, and Bob brings a rich understanding of the community’s healthcare needs, which will help us to better fulfill the hospital’s mission,” says Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH. Robert Momsen, Chairman of NHCH’s Board of Directors adds, “Bob is the kind of leader that our community is blessed to have. His passion for improving education, healthcare, and housing is reflected in everything he does. NHCH is very fortunate to have Bob join our board.”

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on the NHCH Board of Directors and will be an active advocate for the hospital’s mission and vision,” says Lindsey. “I would like to share an ‘Olelo Noeau from Tutu Pukui: ‘O ke kahua mamua, mahope ke kukulu,’ which means ‘the foundation first, the building afterwards.’ This ‘olelo aligns well with NHCH’s Value Statement, which is, “As ‘Ohana, we Value an environment of Aloha, which nurtures trust, respect, self-expression without fear, open minds and hearts, and continuous improvement.”

Other recent changes to NHCH’s Board of Directors include the resignation of Vice Chair Sharon Vitousek, MD, and Carolyn Quick, RN. Quick joined NHCH’s board in 2008 with more than 30 years of nursing and hospital administration experience, including serving as NHCH’s Vice President of Patient Care Services. Quick resigned from NHCH’s Board of Directors as she will be relocating to the mainland this summer.

Sharon Vitousek, MD, is a founding member of NHCH’s Board of Directors and helped to write the hospital’s mission more than 16 years ago. Vitousek most recently re-joined NHCH’s board in 2009 and is the director of North Hawai‘i Outcomes Project, a collaborative community effort to both measure and improve the health and quality of life in North Hawai‘i. Vitousek resigned from NHCH’s board after accepting the board president position of the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community Board of Directors.

With these recent changes, the Board of Directors for NHCH includes:

  • Bob Momsen, Chairman (Retired Health Care Venture Capitalist)
  • Ginny Pressler, MD, Vice Chair and Treasurer (Chief Strategic Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health)
  • Robert Hastings, II, JD, Secretary (Trusts and Estate Planning Attorney)
  • William “Doug” Hiller, MD (Chief of Staff – NHCH)
  • Dutch Kuyper (President and CEO – Parker Ranch)
  • Dick Levy (Chairman – Varian Medical Systems; Member – Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health Board; Chair – Finance and Planning Committee of Sutter Health Board)
  • Robert K. Lindsey (Retired Kamehameha Schools Administrator)
  • Kahu Billy Mitchell (Kahu and Community Leader)
  • Bill Park, MD (Chief Medical Officer – NHCH)
  • Ken Wood (President and CEO – NHCH)

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on Hawai‘i Island. Non-profit, and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

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