Kaiser Permanente Donates $10,000 to Accessurf Hawaii in Honor of Employee’s Volunteer Efforts

Recognition celebrates Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.

Press Release
Cara Short, executive director, AccesSurf, and Yvette Torres, director of Environmental Services, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
From left: Cara Short, executive director, AccesSurf, and Yvette Torres, director of Environmental Services, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

HONOLULU — Jan. 10, 2019 — As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $10,000 to AccesSurf Hawaii in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Yvette Torres, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s director of environmental services. Torres is the fourth of six employees being recognized by Kaiser Permanente for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice.

Torres has chosen to direct her donation to AccesSurf Hawaii, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and opportunities for people with physical and cognitive disabilities to enjoy the water. For the past three years, she has volunteered at AccesSurf’s monthly Day at the Beach program at White Plains Beach Park, which uses adaptive equipment to allow participants to enjoy the therapeutic effects of the ocean. Through AccesSurf, Torres has helped participants young and old with autism, Down syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and physical disabilities engage in surfing and assisted swimming.

“Employees like Yvette embody the spirit of serving their community that is integral to our mission at Kaiser Permanente,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re grateful for her dedication to giving back and proud to support AccesSurf Hawaii, which offers terrific therapeutic opportunities for patients living with disabilities to enjoy the ocean.”

Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities and supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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