STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3797

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: GOV. MSG. NOS. 545, 546, 572

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred Governor's Message Nos. 545, 546, and 572, submitting for study and consideration the nominations of:

 

Hawai'i Medical Education Council

 

G.M. No. 545

LISA RANTZ,

for a term to expire 06-30-2021;

 

G.M. No. 546

WILLIAM DUBBS,

for a term to expire 06-30-2019; and

 

G.M. No. 572

TODD SETO,

for a term to expire 06-30-2019,

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

Your Committee reviewed the personal histories, resumes, and statements submitted by Lisa Rantz, William Dubbs, and Todd Seto for service on the Hawaii Medical Education Council.

 

LISA RANTZ

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Lisa Rantz from one member of the Hawaii County Council and nine individuals.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Ms. Rantz is presently the Executive Director for the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and has previous work experience as the Director of Achievement for Catapult Learning and Executive Director of the Friendly Community Outreach Center. According to the testimony, Ms. Rantz has successfully obtained and managed over $5,000,000 in grants that support educational opportunities for socioeconomically disadvantaged students and their families in rural Hawaii. In her personal statement, Ms. Rantz indicated that she is interested in promoting graduate medical education and rural health tracks that will promote recruitment and retention of doctors in the State by identifying emerging issues nationwide as they relate to Hawaii and exploring revenue streams to keep graduate medical education programs vibrant and viable. Your Committee therefore finds that Ms. Rantz's wealth of experience and institutional knowledge, as well as her passion for graduate medical education in the State, will be great assets to the Hawaii Medical Education Council.

 

WILLIAM DUBBS

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of William Dubbs from two individuals.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Dubbs is currently the Chief of Staff at the Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System and has previous work experience as the Chief of Staff at the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Director of the Cookson Hills Rural Health Clinic, and Medical Director at the Cherokee National Indian Clinic. According to the testimony, Dr. Dubbs continues to be highly committed to the care of Hawaii veterans and has been a longstanding partner with the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine. In his personal statement, Dr. Dubbs indicated that he is committed to ensuring that the people of Hawaii have the best medical care possible with adequate access and hopes to see growth in the health care industry through Hawaii's medical school, nursing school, and residency programs. Your Committee therefore finds that Dr. Dubbs' vast experience in medical education, as well as his willingness to serve, will continue to be great assets to the Hawaii Medical Education Council.

 


TODD SETO

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the appointment of Todd Seto from three individuals.

 

Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Dr. Seto is presently the Medical Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation and Director of Academic Affairs and Research at The Queen's Medical Center and an attending cardiologist at the Queen Emma Clinics. Dr. Seto has also previously served as the Interim Director for the Office of Research Development, Medical Director for the Clinical Trial Office, and Medical Director for the Non-Invasive Cardiology Laboratory at The Queen's Medical Center. According to the testimony, Dr. Seto's leadership and collaborative nature helps bring together various hospital and physician teams to address challenges. In his personal statement, Dr. Seto indicated that, as a member of the Hawaii Medical Education Council, he hopes to share his perspective as a passionate health care provider and medical educator. Your Committee therefore finds that Dr. Seto's professional experience in the field of medical education, as well as his dedication to public service, will be great assets to the Hawaii Medical Education Council.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that are attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nominations.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,

 

 

 

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KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair