HONOLULU – The Queen’s Health System (QHS) has announced the following appointments.
Mary Bedell, APRN, ACNS-BC, MSN, has been named Administrator of Queen’s Island Urgent Care (QIUC).
Bedell is responsible for overseeing the QIUC leadership team and directing daily operations. She also oversees logistical and analytical support for the practice management system for the enterprise; provides direction to each department to ensure objectives are met; and provides leadership in streamlining and standardizing operations, budgeting, and strategic planning and development efforts.
Bedell also continues to oversee the QHS COVID-19 vaccination clinics.
Bedell joined The Queen’s Medical Center (QMC) in 2018 as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in the acute care surgical units. In 2021, she became Manager of Physician Practice for the vaccination clinics and was soon promoted to Director of Vaccination Clinics, playing a key role in QHS’ efforts to vaccinate Hawaiʻi against COVID-19.
Prior to QMC, Bedell worked as a Registered Nurse at Salem Health in Oregon for 20 years. She also previously worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at Huntington Memorial Hospital in California.
Jill Bowman, MSN, RN, CMSRN, has been promoted to Director of Inpatient, Critical Care and Care Transitions at The Queen’s Medical Center – West O‘ahu (QMC-West).
Bowman is responsible for overseeing the inpatient units, critical care unit, and care transitions. She joined QMC-West in 2021 as the Nurse Manager of the Advanced Medical Surgical Unit (AMSU). She arrived with a wealth of experience, previously working for Willamette Valley Medical Center in Oregon.
Bowman received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Chemeketa Community College in Oregon. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
Dino Akai, MSN,has been named Director of Nursing at Molokai General Hospital (MGH).
Akai is responsible for the Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Services departments. He has more than 31 years of experience in health care, with nearly 22 of those years spent at MGH.
Akai joined the hospital as a respiratory therapist and later moved into a staff nurse position. In 2015, he earned his Master’s degree in Nursing and became a Family Nurse Practitioner, serving the Molokai community. He is now back at MGH in the Director of Nursing role.