HMSA shares its vision for Hawaii at their Annual Meeting

About 220 people attended the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association’s (HMSA) Annual Meeting at the Ala Moana Hotel today. HMSA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael A. Gold talked about the company’s history and HMSA’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of Hawaii.

“HMSA is different from other health plans in the country,” said Gold. “HMSA was founded by a group of teachers and social workers who wanted Hawaii’s people to have the very best health care possible.

“Looking back at our 77 years of service, I believe that our success comes from every one of our employees truly understanding why we’re here. We’re here for the people of Hawaii. And as long as we continue to make our decisions based on that understanding, we’ll continue to be successful.”

Gold talked about HMSA’s work with the Blue Zones Project® and the ongoing effort to transform Hawaii’s culture to one of well-being. He described the positive changes that HMSA employees have been experiencing firsthand following the company’s designation as Hawaii’s first Blue Zones Project Demonstration Worksite®.

“Our well-being journey at HMSA is just getting started,” said Gold. “There are more improvements planned and we’re encouraging other companies to join us. Working together, we can inspire everyone to make our state into an even better place to live, learn, and play.”

Robert S. Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of First Hawaiian Bank and Chair of HMSA’s Board of Directors, facilitated the meeting and thanked HMSA Directors and employees. HMSA Chief Financial and Services Officer and Treasurer Steve Van Ribbink explained the company’s financial situation and assured members that HMSA’s financial position remains strong and represents a secure base for the future of our members’ care.

Seven people were elected to three-year terms on HMSA’s Board of Directors. Elizabeth S. Hokada and Ross R. Murakami are new to the board.

Hokada is Vice President for Endowment at Kamehameha Schools and leads the team that manages a diversified global portfolio in service to Kamehameha’s educational mission. She joined the schools in 2005 as Senior Director of its Financial Assets Division. Prior to that, she worked at the University of Michigan in various positions. She’s a trustee of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation and chairs its Investment Committee. She serves on the advisory boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai‘i and CFA Hawai‘i, an association of investment professionals.

Murakami is one of the founding partners of KHM LLP, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in Hawaii. He has over 25 years’ experience serving clients in a broad range of industries including real estate, construction, retail and wholesale distribution, and insurance. He serves as a trustee and incoming chair for Maryknoll School, is a director and past president of the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, and is a director of the Hawaii Academy of Science. In 2009, Murakami was inducted into the Shidler College of Business Administration Hall of Honor in recognition of his contributions to the community. He serves as a member of the Shidler College of Business Advisory Council.

At a Board meeting immediately following the Annual Meeting, Carla J. Nip-Sakamoto, M.D., was elected secretary of the Board, joining Chair Robert S. Harrison (president and chief executive officer of First Hawaiian Bank), Vice Chair John T. Komeiji (senior vice president and general counsel at Hawaiian Telcom), and Treasurer Steve Van Ribbink as Board officers.

About HMSA

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote wellness; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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