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Foundation staff

  • Melinda Sweany
    Chief Development Officer
  • Cassie Chavez
    Development Manager
  • Tiana U'ilani Cordero
    Development Coordinator
  • Angelina Pacheco
    Development Assistant & Data Processor

Board members

Executive committee

  • Tamar Goodfellow - President
    Community Volunteer
  • Vince G. Bagoyo, Jr. – Vice President
    V. Bagoyo Development Group, LLC
  • Karen Williams – Vice President
    Community Volunteer
  • Beverly H. Kurokawa, CFP ® - Treasurer
  • Jon A. Fujimoto – Assistant Treasurer
    Bank of Hawaii
  • Bard E. Peterson – Secretary
    First Hawaiian Bank
  • Melinda Sweany – Chief Development Officer
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Board of directors

  • Nane Aluli
    Vice President & General Manager
    The Mauian
  • Karen Christenson
    Vice President – Marketing
    Mama's Fish House
  • Clayton Fuchigami
    Maui Federal Credit Union
  • Colin D. Lee, MD
    Maui Memorial Medical Center
  • Cory Lynn Vicens
    Community Volunteer
  • Saedene K. Ota
    Sae Design
  • Angela Nolan
    Vice President-Resort Operations Hawaii
    Vistana Signature Experiences
  • Michael A. Rembis, Ex-Officio
    Chief Executive Officer
    Maui Health System
  • Yuki Lei Sugimura
    Connec, LLC
  • Robert T. Takamatsu, Esq.
    General Counsel
    Goodfellow Bros., Inc.
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Frequently asked questions

What is the mission of Maui Health Foundation?

Our mission is to engage our community and visitors in supporting our hospitals to ensure Maui Health delivers the highest level of patient-centered healthcare.

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How do you accomplish your mission?

With the help of people like you, we:

  • Purchase state-of-the-art, lifesaving medical equipment
  • Provide funding for education and training for our clinical staff
  • Fund community outreach and health education programs
  • Provide patient assistance to those in need
  • Help to fund facility improvements
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If I donate to Maui Health Foundation, where will my money go?

Maui Health Foundation is an independent 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, separate from Maui Health. All contributions to Maui Health Foundation are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and are solely restricted to support Maui Health hospitals. You may even designate your gift for a specific department or program.

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How long has Maui Health Foundation been in existence?

The foundation was created in 1997 with a $1.25 million bequest from the late Richard North, a Kihei resident. Mr. North was so moved by the care he received at Maui Memorial Medical Center that he bequeathed the bulk of his estate to demonstrate his gratitude. This incredible gift planted the seed for the beginning of the foundation. The Foundation recently changed its name to Maui Health Foundation, as our support now encompasses not only Maui Memorial Medical Center, but Kula Hospital and Lanai Community Hospital as well.

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What are some other ways that Maui Health Foundation helps improve healthcare on Maui?

Since 2005, Maui Health Foundation has funded mammograms at a cost of over $354,000 for over 1,000 uninsured or underinsured Maui women, who would otherwise not have access to this lifesaving screening.

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What are some examples of equipment that Maui Health Foundation has purchased for the hospital?

  • Arabella Infant CPAP machines for babies who need assistance breathing.
  • Ultrasound machines for the intensive care unit and emergency room.
  • AngioJet Thrombectomy blood clot removal machine.
  • Wireless EKG machines for all Maui County ambulances.
  • Pediatric Dental x-ray equipment for children with special needs.
  • Postpartum beds for the OB Department.
  • Laparoscopic, neurology and orthopedic equipment for the Operating Room.
  • Materials for the renovation of the operating room waiting area.
  • $720,000 worth of equipment for the Heart & Vascular Center.
  • New ovens for the Kula Hospital Dietary Department.
  • Nearly $1 million worth of state-of-the-art neurosurgery equipment.
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