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Posted on: Wednesday, January 10, 2001

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Queen’s to end in-house project

The Queen’s Medical Center said yesterday it will cancel its little-used service to care for the ill children of employees or other clients. By ending the Sick Child Care Program on March 31, the hospital will save $80,000 a year.

The cancellation is a move to balance the medical center’s budget in spite of reduced Medicare reimbursements, said Dan Jessop, executive vice president and chief operating officer. Jessop said the program’s four workers will receive severance packages if they are not placed in other hospital jobs within six months.

In another cost-saving move, Jessop said the medical center will reduce the number of nurses in its 28-bed skilled nursing unit, removing three licensed practical nurses but adding two certified nurse assistants. The change is in line with industry standards, he said.

Hawaiian ready to update image

Hawaiian Airlines is expected to roll out a new look for the carrier today, just as the company prepares to welcome a factory-fresh fleet of interisland aircraft. The airline has been running recent newspaper advertisements depicting a sleeker, more streamlined look to its planes.

"There was a hint of something in that ad," said Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner, confirming that the company will announce changes in the livery today. He would not discuss details. The company’s new Boeing 717s are scheduled to begin arriving in March for interisland service.

Isle technology on public TV

The public television show "Computer Chronicles" will air a two-part series on Hawaii’s technology industry Feb. 3 and 10.

The series, with former Honolulu broadcast journalist Stewart Cheifet as host, will air at 4:30 p.m. on KHET 11 in Honolulu and KMEB 10 in Wailuku.

Cheifet visited Hawaii in December to interview technology business and government officials in each county.

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