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Meet the Honolulu Shriners Hospitals for Children rehabilitation services team

Continuity of care leads to positive outcomes for keiki

Meet the Honolulu Shriners Hospitals for Children rehabilitation services team

The primary goal in rehabilitation services is to help patients cope with whatever challenges they may be facing. “Everyone here wants to help kids thrive and function to their fullest capacity,” said Rehabilitation Services Director Michele Chee, PT, D.P.T. “Physically, emotionally, socially – in spite of any physical impairment or injury they may have.”

Kanoe Hook, D.P.T., added that helping kids gain confidence and skills is “one of the most rewarding aspects of this job.”

Rehabilitation services works directly with many departments at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital. This collaboration gives them a deep appreciation and respect for the expertise of everyone on staff. A unique feature of the department is the continuity of care they provide. Unlike many other hospitals, rehabilitation services staff members see kids from inpatient and outpatient departments, as well as the walk-in injury clinic. A patient’s follow-up might include two or three weekly visits over the course of several weeks. For patients needing long term care, therapy may last for months or even years. With so many hours of close interaction, the staff often gets to know the patients and their families on a very personal level.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to watch some of these kids grow up,” explained Michele. “We get to celebrate milestones in their lives, like graduating from college, beginning careers and starting their own families.”

The rehabilitation services team has more than 75 years of experience among them. “We’ve all worked here a long time because we really like working with each other and with our patients,” noted Kanoe. “We’re a family. We express our opinions freely, laugh with each other and sometimes at each other. And like any family, sometimes we have disagreements, but always in a good natured way – and always towards a common goal.”

“I’m convinced that good communication within the department helps lead to the best patient outcomes,” added Michele.

Therapist and patient during therapy session