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By Patrick Downes
Hawaii Catholic Herald
Jerry J. Correa, the to start with non-Franciscan to head St. Francis Health care Procedure of Hawaii, who steered the corporation as a result of some of its roughest yrs to see his eyesight of elder care increase to fruition, died unexpectedly Oct. 27. He was 58.
He had worked for St. Francis 24 decades, the last 10 of people years as president and chief executive officer.
Bishop Larry Silva termed Correa “a gentleman who was entire of appreciate and passion” who “gave himself unselfishly to the group in Hawaii.”
He is survived by his wife Mari-Jo, a few sons and two grandsons.
Lihue, Kauai-born Correa got his expert commence in 1984 as an intern straight out of faculty doing the job in details engineering for Outrigger Lodges Hawaii.
“Outrigger was a very good corporation, but I just wished to do a thing that had more of a mission,” he stated in a Hawaii Catholic Herald interview in August. “When I go through the mission statement of St. Francis generating nutritious communities in the spirit of Christ’s therapeutic ministry, I stated, ‘I seriously want to do this.’”
He joined St. Francis in 1998 and by 2001 was its main info officer. When its two hospitals — St. Francis-Liliha and St. Francis-West — grew to become way too high-priced to run, they ended up offered in 2007 to the medical doctor-owned Hawaii Health care Centre. Correa went “with the sale” to do the job for the buyers. A couple of months afterwards, he returned to St. Francis as main functioning officer.
Inevitably the hospitals ended up returned to St. Francis Healthcare Procedure when Hawaii Professional medical Heart went bankrupt, and the then-CEO of St. Francis, Sister of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Geraldine Ching, asked Correa if he would think about succeeding her as head of the health care system.
He was reluctant to do so, sensation he wasn’t competent to take on this kind of a significant mission. But he did, with Sister Geraldine’s mentorship and persistence.
St. Francis Professional medical Heart West in Ewa was marketed in 2012 to The Queen’s Wellness Systems. At the Liliha site, following a large amount of soul searching and brainstorming, the Kupuna Village emerged.
“The idea of a a person-prevent store for kupuna and caregivers is just in line with what the sisters have accomplished in the previous, pioneering, going someplace wherever nobody’s long gone ahead of,” Correa mentioned.
Now the Liliha campus has a experienced nursing support, rehabilitation services, adult household and memory care, a caregiver training program, wellness lessons, and centers for dialysis, most cancers, vision, audiology, labs, and imaging. It is also the household of Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience, the major neurology group in the state for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.
“It’s not all owned by St. Francis. There are distinct companies,” Correa mentioned. “And people today occur in and say, ‘It’s a actually the proper time for a little something like this.’”
As CEO of St. Francis, Correa also oversaw fundraising, facts technological innovation, functions, finance, development and facility expert services, place and floor leases, community relations and advertising, gross sales, and governing administration affairs.
He served as president of St. Francis Health care Enterprises, a for-income company entity of St. Francis Healthcare Method concerned with enterprise partnerships and joint ventures, which include The Cancer Centre of Hawaii.
Correa served on the boards of St. Louis College, the Health care Association of Hawaii, the Hawaii Catholic Conference, St. Francis Health care Enterprises, Our Lady of Kea‘au, and St. Francis Health care Foundation and sat on the Diocese of Honolulu’s Psychological Well being Job Power. He also not long ago served on the board of regents of Chaminade College of Honolulu.
“Jerry was a guy of vision, who forged many partnerships, so that he could make the St. Francis Health care Technique a put of authentic local community collaboration,” said Bishop Silva.
Correa attributed the accomplishment of St. Francis Health care to the affect of St. Marianne and her Sisters of St. Francis.
Quoting Franciscan Sister Davilyn Ah Chick, chair-emeritus of the St. Francis Healthcare System’s board of directors, he mentioned, “St. Marianne’s not performed but.”
Funeral expert services for Jerry Correa are scheduled for Dec. 6, at Sacred Heart Church, 1701 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu. Loved ones visitation is 8:30-9 a.m. community visitation is 9-10 a.m. Mass is 11 a.m. burial at the Valley of the Temples is 1 p.m.
Health care procedure appoints Ah Ho-Mauga interim head
St. Francis Healthcare Procedure, the state’s biggest pre- and article-treatment provider, has named Melissa Ah Ho-Mauga interim main executive officer. The health care system’s board of administrators unanimously voted in favor of her appointment, subsequent the sudden, unexpected demise on Oct. 27 of Jerry Correa, president and CEO of St. Francis for the past 10 years.
“Melissa was a near advisor of Jerry and has the exact coronary heart of compassion, understands the importance of St. Francis Healthcare System’s mission, persistently potential customers with integrity, and is perfectly revered by workers at all ranges in just St. Francis,” mentioned Glenn Sueyoshi, chairman of the St. Francis Health care System’s board of directors, in a news release.
Ah Ho-Mauga has been with St. Francis for practically 20 years and has been vice president of client expert services considering that 2015. She oversees the the greater part of St. Francis Healthcare’s providers and plans, like hospice treatment, treatment coordination, adult working day treatment, in-home bathing and individual care providers, preschool, transportation, the company business, internet marketing, promoting and community relations, and producing new, grant-funded courses.
She experienced served as director of revenue administration from 2007 to 2015, and as director of company products and services from 2004 to 2005. She retains an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a bachelor of social sciences diploma with a focus in psychology and sociology from the University of Hawaii-West Oahu.
“I respect the board’s vote of confidence in me. It’s even now tricky for me to make perception of the sudden decline of Jerry, and I settle for this role as a way to honor him and continue wherever he left off,” Ah Ho-Mauga mentioned.
“Jerry had a big vision for the neighborhood and made so considerably progress in excess of the earlier 10 decades. I feel a deep sense of obligation to have on the mission of creating nutritious communities,” she explained. “Dedicating every working day to Jerry tends to make it a tiny easier for all of us at St. Francis to have on.”
Blessed to connect with him close friend
By Bishop Larry Silva
Bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu
It was a excellent blessing to know Jerry Correa and to be in a position to contact him my buddy. He was a guy who was entire of love and passion, and he gave himself unselfishly to the community in Hawaii. He was the initially main government officer of St. Francis Health care Program of Hawaii who was not a Franciscan Sister, but he experienced a deep adore and regard for the Sisters and all the fantastic operate they experienced completed. He loved his family — his wife Mari-Jo, three sons, daughters-in-law and two grandsons — and he loved these who had been most in require.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, when so many kupuna were being confined to their houses with out human get hold of, he arranged his workers and volunteers to get to out to them, and he personally frequented lots of of the kupuna to provide them meals, organization, and Christ’s adore.
Jerry was CEO at a most turbulent time for the St. Francis Health care Program. Its mainstay was the two acute-care hospitals, which have been initial offered to a group of medical medical practitioners, then returned to St. Francis when the group went bankrupt. Then the facility in Ewa was offered to the Queen’s Health-related Centre, becoming Queen’s West even though the Liliha campus was transformed into a “Kupuna Village,” serving the needs of the rising number of aged in Hawaii. Jerry was a person of eyesight, who solid numerous partnerships, so that he could make the healthcare procedure a location of actual community collaboration.
Jerry experienced a wonderful devotion to St. Marianne Cope, and 1 of my fondest memories was a lunch I shared with him and his wife in Assisi, where by we went to honor the Sisters of St. Francis in the birthplace of their patron, soon after the canonization of St. Marianne.
I thank God for Jerry, and I pray for the delighted repose of his soul and for peace for his grieving relatives. I also pray that his fantastic get the job done will carry on to bear good fruit in our group for generations to come.
Producing visions materialize
By Glenn Sueyoshi
Chair, St. Francis Health care Program of Hawaii Board of Directors
Jerry Correa was one particular of those people unique people who noticed a eyesight and encouraged many others to stick to him in earning that vision come about. Jerry’s eyesight was the St. Francis Kupuna Village, a campus that would bring both of those health care and social help services to seniors and make obtainable publish-acute services that are essential right after a individual is discharged from a medical middle.
He experienced a potent commitment to the Sisters of St. Francis and the mission of St. Francis Health care System of Hawaii. Jerry remaining us way too early, however, not right before producing positive that the eyesight was understood. The Kupuna Village at present offers adult residential treatment, memory treatment, expert nursing solutions, caregiver education and wellness lessons, treatment coordination, transportation services, and is property to numerous other providers that address post-acute and outpatient health-related requirements. These expert services coupled with hospice, bathing, food items stability, adult day care and intergenerational care (combining preschool and grownup working day care) enable to satisfy the mission and go on the legacy of the Sisters.
Jerry’s potential to encourage employees, group leaders, small business leaders, authorities corporations and companies of support was instrumental in accomplishing the Kupuna Village vision and bringing to the group much essential expert services. Every person that achieved him realized he cared and experienced a big heart and they had been eager to enable Jerry attain his vision.
We will eternally be grateful for Jerry’s dedication and achievements. Several persons are found as making a significant difference in people’s life. Jerry has built a sizeable variation in both of those the local community and people’s life.
Insisting on the best
By Sister Geraldine Ching, OSF
Previous-CEO of St. Francis Health care Procedure of Hawaii
FEAST OF ALL SAINTS, 2022 — Daily life as human beings can be so difficult and challenging. Our religion tells us that we have been born for the future entire world. During our total lives, we prepare for that celestial light-weight, and total effectively-staying in heavenly comfort and ease.
To Jerry: You have achieved that level! You are enjoying all the gains of that kingdom further than our world! Now you can take pleasure in all the goodies—no additional weight loss plans, no much more gout. You and your father can carry on individuals terrific discussions from yet another dimension.
We pass up you. We miss your amusing jokes. We pass up your insistence on sure points — specially your insistence on the Most effective for your spouse and children, on the Greatest for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities on the Greatest for your personnel, colleagues, people and purchasers.
We will overlook your bold and herculean power in working with the challenges in healthcare. Sure, you introduced us by way of so lots of crises. The downfall of Hawaii Medical Centers and their two-calendar year bankruptcy, AND the litigation of the Dr. Brown situations! Amidst all the above difficulties, you saved your awesome, took care of your friends, loved ones, and all of us at St. Francis. We are really grateful for the 10 years you had been our CEO.
May possibly our merciful God grant you your properly-acquired reward in that unique kingdom! Maintain cultivating those people lovely gardenias and distinctive hibiscus for all to enjoy!
May you relaxation in peace!