Kaiser Permanente Hawai'i's new Rainbow Dialysis Center at its Wailuku Clinic was blessed on May 23 during a traditional Hawaiian ceremony. The new Rainbow Dialysis Center, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente Hawai'i, will be managed by DaVita, one of the nation's largest providers of kidney care needs, and will officially open and start treating patients in early June.
"We're pleased to welcome Rainbow Dialysis to our community," said Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa. "Dialysis patients on Maui already face many challenges, so having the convenience of both dialysis and other primary care services available in one location makes a world of difference."
With the opening of Rainbow Dialysis, Maui kidney patients now benefit from the full coordination of care available through Kaiser Permanente. The coordinated approach ensures patient care by a larger medical team, including onsite nephrologist Dr. Susana Mendoza and an urgent-care team, who have easy access to patients' electronic medical records.
"Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving access to quality care for the people of Hawai'i," said Rainbow Dialysis President Joan Danieley. "As the prevalence of diabetes and kidney disease continues to grow, it is important to make access to quality dialysis services and kidney treatment available to the community in one visit at the Wailuku Clinic."
Danieley also serves as Kaiser Permanente's vice president for health plan service and administration, responsible for leading the strategy, development and execution of health plan functions.
Mendoza, board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, joined Kaiser Permanente in 2008.
For more information on Kaiser Permanente Hawai'i's Rainbow Dialysis Center and services, call (808) 298-0555.