HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $10,000 to Breastfeeding Hawaii in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Jane Gallagher Felix, APRN, a registered nurse in the obstetrics-gynecology department at Kaiser Permanente Koolau Medical Office. Felix is the second of six employees to be recognized for her volunteer service with the opportunity to donate $10,000 to a nonprofit of her choice, in celebration of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary in Hawaii.
“Jane has gone above and beyond in her commitment to supporting the health of mothers and babies across Hawaii, and we’re proud to honor her volunteer service with this donation,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Kaiser Permanente Hawaii believes in giving back to the communities we serve, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to celebrate our 60th anniversary by recognizing our passionate and dedicated employees.”
Felix has chosen to direct her donation to Breastfeeding Hawaii, a nonprofit with a mission to improve the health of women and children through breastfeeding education and support. Breastfeeding Hawaii is the state affiliate of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a national public health coalition. A longtime board member and current board secretary, Felix is involved with educational program development, research, strategy, outreach and community events for the organization. She volunteers her time to educate expecting parents at events such as the Baby Expo, meets with pediatricians and partners to discuss education efforts and is part of a team that is working to organize a donor breast milk bank in Hawaii.
Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities, 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.
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