Two jobs as chief make one great warrior

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Capt. Liana Kim
9th Mission Support Command Public Affairs

 

HONOLULU — Staff and patients alike gathered at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu to celebrate their new hospital chief of staff, Dr. (Col.) Craig M. Ono, June 5.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children is a very special place for me, and I’m proud to be part of a team that provides so much compassionate care to the children and families of Hawaii and the South and West Pacific islands,” Ono said of the children’s hospital designed to put families at ease with the aloha spirit.

When not in medical scrubs, Ono dons his uniform for Battle Training Assembly weekends as chief of staff for the 9th Mission Support Command at Fort Shafter, headquarters for all U.S. Army Reserve units throughout the Pacific region.

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell (second from left), commander, 9th Mission Support Command, and other fellow Army Reserve officers, congratulate Dr. Craig M. Ono (with lei) on his appointment as chief of staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Honolulu, during a celebration at the hospital, June 5. Ono also serves as chief of staff for the 9th MSC, headquarters for all U.S. Army Reserve units throughout the Pacific region. (Photo by Lt. Col. Frederick Levine, 9th Mission Support Command)

Brig. Gen. John Cardwell (second from left), commander, 9th Mission Support Command, and other fellow Army Reserve officers, congratulate Dr. Craig M. Ono (with lei) on his appointment as chief of staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children–Honolulu, during a celebration at the hospital, June 5. Ono also serves as chief of staff for the 9th MSC, headquarters for all U.S. Army Reserve units throughout the Pacific region. (Photo by Lt. Col. Frederick Levine, 9th Mission Support Command)

He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan three times while a member of the Shriners’ Honolulu medical staff.

“I’m honored to be able to serve this organization as the tenth chief of staff,” said Ono. “I’ve been given an opportunity to build on a legacy that began more than 90 years ago with Dr. R. Nelson Hatt, who served as the first chief of staff, and continued by Dr. Arabella Leet, who provided key leadership the past two years.”

Ono’s family, fellow Army Reservists, hospital staff, parents and patients attended the celebration, enjoying videos of humorous moments and sharing heartfelt speeches about his incredible care. One of his patients and a parent spoke about his compassionate care for children in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific.

“Dr. Ono talked about the great responsibility to our patients’ families, as they have entrusted their most valuable assets to us,” said Mahealani Richardson, Shriners director of public relations and physician liaison. “He told us that what links all of us is the commitment and dedication to providing the highest quality of compassionate care to the children and families of Hawaii and the Pacific. We all have the ability to be honest enough to effectively mentor and teach, and the curiosity to learn from our patients and families.”

The hospital announced Ono’s appointment May 28. Ono has served as acting chief of staff since December, and he’s served as assistant chief of staff, 2006-2013.

An orthopedic surgeon at Shriners since 1992, Ono has a particular interest in lower extremity reconstruction, club feet and sports injuries.

“I am pleased that Dr. Ono has accepted our offer to become the chief of staff,” said Zeke Schmus, chairman of the Board of Governors for the hospital. “The Board of Governors unanimously approved his promotion, and under his leadership, we look to him to grow this hospital in the next decade.”

Ono plays a vital role in providing leadership with hospital administrator John White. They oversee a team of physicians and other staff who provide pediatric orthopedic and neurodevelopmental care, and conduct research and training.

The doctors and staff members of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu are experts in bone, joint, brain, dental and sports therapies, delivering care in the heart of Honolulu to children with a variety of disorders and diseases.

“Craig Ono is perfectly suited to lead Shriners Honolulu in the chief of staff role,” said White. “He’s a talented, compassionate and driven physician leader who understands how to care for us — families and children of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin — very, very well. On behalf of all the children we serve, congratulations on your new role and a warm welcome, Dr. Ono.”

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