WAILUKU - Kaiser Permanente Hawaii's Rainbow Dialysis Center was blessed May 23 during a traditional Hawaiian ceremony.
The dialysis center, located at Kaiser's Wailuku Clinic, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. It will be managed by DaVita, one of the nation's largest providers of kidney care needs.
The facility will officially open and start treating patients in early June.
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii blessed its new Rainbow Dialysis Center at its Wailuku Clinic on May 23. With the opening of Rainbow Dialysis, Maui kidney patients will have a full coordination of care through Kaiser Permanente, an announcement said.
Kaiser Permanente said the center allows for "full coordination of care" through Kaiser and helps reduce complications and kidney failure.
Joan Danieley has been named president of the center. She currently 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. She also has 15 years of experience as a health plan executive.
Dr. Susana Mendoza is the medical director and Kaiser Permanente's nephrologist. She is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology and joined Kaiser in 2008. She graduated from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in nephrology at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Los Angeles.
Mendoza and Danieley were joined by Mayor Alan Arakawa in a ceremony that included a blessing by the Rev. Kealahou Alika.