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Bay Clinic’s New Nursing Director Brings Passion to Patient Care

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The field of nursing is so much more than a career.  It is a calling characterized by compassion, commitment, respect and integrity. During the most private and frightening moments in life, it is a nurse who is there by your side.  Bay Clinic currently employs over 40 Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, each exemplifying the true spirit of nursing, and has just welcomed one more to their ohana.

Amanda Opoku-Boachie, RN, has recently been named Bay Clinic’s new Director of Nursing.  With her 11 years of patient-focused experience and a proven track record of strong leadership skills, Opoku-Boachie is a welcome addition to the Bay Clinic team.

Amanda Opoku-Boachie

In this critical role, Opoku-Boachie will work in partnership with Dr. Fatima Phillips, the newly appointed Medical Director, as well as the other members of the executive leadership team to ensure the utmost quality of nursing practice for Bay Clinic.

“Together, improving patient care and improving access to care can be more than our goal, it can be our reality,” Opoku-Boachie stated.

“Amanda and I have already started talking about ‘best practices’ improvements she wants to make.  She has earned my respect for her professionalism and passion to the practice of nursing,” commented Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO.  “Amanda is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care and strong leadership while valuing the cultural complexities that are unique to our island.”

Opoku-Boachie gained her associates degree in nursing at the Eastern Iowa Community College and she went on to receive numerous professional certifications with an emphasis on Native Hawaiian and women’s health services.  She is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the Florida Occupational Health Nurses, Space Coast Chapter.

Although she is just beginning to settle in, Opoku-Boachie said the transition into life on the Big Island has been wonderful. “I can’t wait to get involved in the community events, and I’m really interested in learning more about organic farming on the Big Island.”

Opoku-Boachie came to Hawaii in 2005 when an Oahu nursing shortage had reached critical levels.  In addition to managing a Native Hawaiian health care clinic on Maui for some time, she directed a special medical program on Oahu focusing on the health of survivors of the atomic testing that occurred in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  Her extensive experience in this area is directly in line with Bay Clinic initiatives to improve care and remove language barriers for migrants from the Compact of Free Associated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands.

Bay Clinic is a nonprofit federally qualified community health center that started as a grassroots women’s health center in Hilo in 1983 and now provides comprehensive primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care services at seven locations for 18,000 people in East Hawaii. Bay Clinic welcomes comments on its services to help provide the best care for our community at madams@bayclinic.org.

Bay Clinic Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

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Rising unemployment and a struggling economy on Hawai‘i Island means Bay Clinic, who provides comprehensive health care to all regardless of ability to pay, has seen a dramatic rise in demand for services at their 7 health center sites. To meet the needs of the 18,000 patients they serve, Bay Clinic is developing a strong foundation of leadership to ensure that the health care infrastructure for the medically underserved remains viable.

As a result, Bay Clinic has hired and welcomes a new Chief Financial Officer, Keith Sanderson, to help grow Bay Clinic’s financial position to meet the ever changing health care needs of the community.  Mr. Sanderson brings a wealth of experience to the position, including 25 years of accounting and financial organizational leadership in the health care field. When asked about his relocation to Hawai‘i, Keith says “It was the culture and enchanting, passionate, soulful people that I met that captured my heart.”

In the past several years, Bay Clinic has made tremendous progress in reducing health care disparities including access to dental care, children’s health, and chronic disease management. “In order to respond to our patient’s needs, Keith will add the valuable skills and expertise that will help us continue our progress in meeting our mission of affordable, high quality care for all” stated Paul Strauss, Bay Clinic CEO.

Bay Clinic was founded in 1983 as a grass-roots health care clinic and has grown to be one of the largest comprehensive health care providers on Hawai‘i. As a nonprofit agency, Bay Clinic depends on private donations and grants to continue providing healthcare on a sliding fee scale for low income, uninsured families. For more information please visit www.bayclinic.org.