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A bright light who inspires staff and keiki

Cheers to our peers

A bright light who inspires staff and keiki

Megumi Chong epitomizes aloha through her compassion, dedication and integrity.

These are just a few of the qualities that earned the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu clinical analyst the title Employee of the Quarter (EOQ) for the third quarter of 2019.

Megumi first worked at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital as a recreational therapist from 1997 to 1998. She then returned on a part-time and later full-time basis in 2003.

In 2010, she received her nursing license and took a position at The Queen’s Medical Center. However, six years later Megumi found her way back to the Honolulu Shriners Hospital, where she has served in her current position ever since. 

“Megumi is the epitome of aloha,” said information security manager Tyler Cheney, who nominated Megumi for the EOQ honor. “Ask any employee who knows her well and they will talk about how kind and compassionate she is. She loves working for this organization and always strives to provide the best support she possibly can.”

“I enjoy when kids return to Shriners [Hospitals for Children] years after their treatment,” said Megumi when asked what she considered the best part of her job. “It’s such a special place for them because everyone here provides exceptional care, and many kids truly look forward to coming back to their ‘home away from home.’”

Megumi recalled an 8-year-old patient who was very nervous about being away from home.

“To help keep her spirits up, I taught her a simple Japanese piano song, which we played together over and over in recreation therapy,” Megumi recounted. “She came back a few times for follow-up visits, and I noticed she got better and better in her piano playing each time! Her father told me that she continued playing piano at home. Now, she plays like a professional and is way better than me! It warmed my heart to know how simple things like these inspire these children.”

Megumi is a treasured asset to our Shriners Honolulu ‘ohana (family), and does so selflessly and without need for fanfare.

Mahalo for being a beacon of light, Megumi! We appreciate your behind-the-scenes hard work and effort.