About Town: 03-16-18

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New doctors for Kaiser Permanente

HONOLULU — Six health care professionals have joined Kaiser Permanente on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii.


They join Kaiser Permanente’s team of more than 600 health care providers in Hawaii’s largest medical organization, the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), which provides medical services to Kaiser Permanente’s 250,000-plus members in Hawaii.

Two of the six landed on the Big Island.

Serena Edwards, MD, specializes in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente’s Kona medical office. She received her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Sutter Hospital/Vista Family Health Clinic in Santa Rosa, California. Prior to becoming a medical doctor, Dr. Edwards worked as a phlebotomist and birth doula.

Emily Sumner, MD, specializes in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente’s Waipio medical office. She received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in family medicine and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Kaiser Permanente is 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 members and communities.

It serves 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Hawaii Wildfire Summit

SOUTH KOHALA COAST — Recent rains may have “greened up” our landscapes, but as soon as they dry back out, fire professionals anticipate another busy upcoming fire season.

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Kamuela, and co-hosts Pacific Fire Exchange and Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group are hosting a Hawaii Wildfire Summit on May 2-4, 2018 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel &Bungalows on the South Kohala Coast.

Every year, 99 percent of wildfires in Hawaii are caused by people, and the percentage of land area that burns statewide is on par with any other U.S. state (and in some years even greater). Wildfire can impact everything from homes, livelihoods, family safety, and community health to environment and cultural resources. Wildfire is a major driver of native forest loss and erosion/runoff that pollutes waterways and eventually, coastlines.

The Hawaii Wildfire Summit is a unique opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate with others who deal with wildfire in their work and communities across Hawaii and the Pacific.

Participants can fill up their wildfire toolbox with some of the best expertise from the Hawaii-Pacific region and the U.S., with topics relevant for those working in the fields of emergency response, natural resource management (from summit to sea), land-use planning, environmental education, community safety, ecological research, and hazard resilience. There will be time and opportunity for collaborative project planning as well as knowledge-building workshops.


The three-day price is currently $300, but will increase to $360 after April 10. One-day tickets are available, as well, for $150. Meals are included.

For questions about the event, call 885-0900 or email admin@hawaiiwildfire.org.

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