Patient Navigation Program - Kukui Ahi

Molokai General Hospital's Patient Navigation Program, Kukui Ahi, began in 2006 as a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Cancer Demonstration Project. The goal of the project was to determine the effectiveness of patient navigation services with cancer screenings.

Cancer Patient Navigators help patients, families and their caregivers navigate through the health care system and overcome barriers that may delay screening, diagnosis and treatment. We assist with finding and providing access to valuable resources, support services and financial assistance that patients often need. Most importantly, our Navigators assist with coordination of air and ground transportation and lodging for patients requiring services and treatment on the outer islands.

Patient Navigation services are tailored to the individual patient’s needs and provides culturally sensitive care. Our team works collaboratively with multiple health care providers to promote communication and relationships with the patients. They also work closely with community organizations such as Molokai Cancer Fund, Cancer Care, Pacific Cancer Foundation, Senior Aging Services and American Cancer

Society to provide patients with valuable resources including:

  • Nutritional supplements
  • Financial aid
  • Home care assistance
  • Respite care
  • Wigs, turbans, prosthetic bras
  • Look Good, Feel Better programs

Navigators also play a big role in coordination with The Queen’s Medical Center Survivorship Program and cancer support groups.

Our services have expanded to help navigate patients with chronic and multiple diseases, emergency department assistance and follow-up as well as high-risk pregnancies. Please contact us get more information on how we can assist you and your ohana.