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