Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC)

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics are associated with increasing prevalence of infections with multi-drug resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile infections, leading to patient harm. Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have been shown to improve individual patient outcomes, reduce the overall burden of antibiotic resistance, and save healthcare dollars. The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) has been working with Hawaii’s healthcare facilities to facilitate the development of antimicrobial stewardship capacity in our state. Many Hawaii facilities have components of an ASP and/or are in various stages of formally implementing an ASP; some facilities already have a full ASP in place.

HDOH, the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and several Hawaii healthcare facilities are working together to establish the Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC). HASC is a voluntary collaborative designed to help facilities develop, implement, and sustain ASPs.

The primary goals of HASC are:

  1. Implement and sustain ASPs in participating facilities
  2. Reduce antimicrobial use in participating hospitals
  3. Reduce healthcare-onset Clostridium difficile infections


To join the Hawaii Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative (HASC) contact the AR Epidemiologist, Enid Vélez at:

Participating HASC Facilities in Hawaii

The following facilities have committed to improving the judicious use of antimicrobials in their facility and participate in HASC:

FacilityASP LeadContact
Castle Medical CenterAnne Massie, Infection Prevention Coordinator
[email protected]
Hawaii State HospitalDalia Bowling, Clinical Pharmacist Specialist [email protected]
Hilo Medical CenterNelson Nako, Pharmacy Director [email protected]
Kahuku Medical CenterChris Tsue, Director of Pharmacy[email protected]
Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical CenterCynthia Yeh, Clinical Operations Pharmacy Manager[email protected]
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and ChildrenLen Yonemura, Medication Safety Coordinator [email protected]
Kauai Veterans Memorial HospitalKristie Canavan, Kauai Region Director of Pharmacy [email protected]
Kona Community HospitalMarilinda Passon, Pharmacy Director [email protected]
Kuakini Medical CenterWendy Zarella, Pharmacy Supervisor [email protected]
Maui Memorial Medical CenterJeff Tsai, Clinical Pharmacist/Clinical Coordinator [email protected]
Molokai General HospitalNicolelee Kalipi, Medical Records Supervisor[email protected]
North Hawaii Community HospitalAnthony Fazio, Director of Pharmacy Services [email protected]
Pali Momi Medical CenterCarlotta Meier-Irving, Director of Pharmacy [email protected]
Rehabilitation Hospital of the PacificAudrey Arita, Infection Preventionist/Clinical Nurse Specialist [email protected]
Shriners Hospitals for Children – HonoluluDayne Fujimoto, Pharmacy Manager [email protected]
Straub Clinic & HospitalJoy Matsuyama, Pharmacy Director [email protected]
The Queen’s Medical CenterLynn Matsukawa, ASP pharmacist[email protected]
Tripler Army Medical CenterSusan Eade-Parson, Clinical Pharmacist [email protected]
Wahiawa General HospitalShelly McComas, Director of Pharmacy [email protected]
Wilcox Memorial HospitalKaren Sison, Pharmacist[email protected]

Useful Links

CDC Antibiotic Use Online Training Course

CDC Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work in Doctor’s Offices

For more information on Antimicrobial Stewardship in hospitals and long-term care, visit the CDC’s website.