Honolulu, HI – In an effort to combat one of the leading chronic diseases in Hawaii – diabetes – ‘Ekahi Health, an affiliate of the ‘ike family of companies, announced today the official launch of ‘Ekahi WellCare – a diabetes care management program. Located at the ‘Ekahi Health Center at Waterfront Plaza, ‘Ekahi WellCare will help patients better manage diabetes through a comprehensive program that includes 24/7 monitoring and care management, diabetes education, laboratory testing services, and more.

“Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., is one of the leading healthcare issues in Hawai‘i,” said Dean Hirata, chairman and CEO of ‘Ekahi Health. “Our innovative approach to diabetes care management is the first of its kind in Hawai‘i because it provides immediate access to all of the resources needed to be able to better manage diabetes, all under one roof.”

`ike’s CEO, Creighton Arita, performs blessing at `Ekahi WellCare launch.

According to the American Diabetes Association, there are more than 154,000 people or 13.1 percent of the adult population in Hawai‘i with diabetes, and an additional 442,000 with prediabetes. Diabetes and prediabetes are not only associated with additional medical expenses, it also can lead to serious complications including heart disease, stroke, amputation, blindness and even death.

Patients of ‘Ekahi WellCare will have access to customized diabetes education, stress management and exercise courses, access to community resources, in-house testing of essential labs such as A1c, microalbumin, and eye and foot exams. Additionally, ‘Ekahi WellCare has partnered with Vivante Health to provide round-the-clock care management through bluetooth technology.

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The 10,000-square-foot ‘Ekahi Health Center at Waterfront Plaza opened in Nov. 2015 to serve as an incubator to test and prove new healthcare delivery and payment models. Since its grand opening, the Center has been featuring the ‘Ekahi Ornish Lifest

yle Medicine program, which is a comprehensive lifestyle modification program that can prevent, reduce, or even reverse the effects of heart disease. This 72-hour, 9-week program helps participants live healthier lives by addressing four key elements, including proper nutrition, exercise, group support and stress management. To date, nearly 1,000 Hawai‘i residents have graduated from the ‘Ekahi Ornish program.

“Thirty-five percent of our Ornish program participants are living with diabetes,” said Dr. Kevin Lum, medical director of the ‘Ekahi Health Center. “‘Ekahi WellCare is an opportunity for high risk patients to get the quality diabetes focused care that is not only affordable, but that treats the root cause of the problem. When these patients feel that they are ready to take that next step in making transformative lifestyle changes, they can extend their care with us by joining our ‘Ekahi Ornish program for a healthier way of living.”

`Ekahi WellCare faculty and staff being blessed and prayed for.

To learn more or to schedule an initial consultation, please visit www.ekahiwellcare.com or call 808-777-4000.

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About ‘Ekahi Health

‘Ekahi Health is the only stand-alone wellness center in the nation to offer the nationally recognized and scientifically proven Ornish Lifestyle Medicine program in cooperation with top performing physicians and specialists. ‘Ekahi Health is a part of the ‘ike family of companies. Other ‘ike companies include DataHouse, TeamPraxis, Sagely, and Pacific Hi-Tech. For more information about ‘Ekahi Health, visit www.ekahihealth.com.