A ‘Bone’-afide Success
By Caroline Wright
The home page for Island Orthopaedics’ information-packed website boasts gorgeous images of active, healthy people enjoying Hawaii’s natural beauty — including paddleboarders, scuba divers, surfers and hikers.
Given the deep ties to the Hawaii community enjoyed by the surgeons and staff here, the images are appropriate.
“Many of us either grew up in Hawaii or spent a significant part of our training in the medical system here,” said Dr. Alexander Garber, a founding member of the practice. “We try to help our patients maintain or return to their active lives in this beautiful place.”
Island Orthopaedics provides specialized surgical and nonsurgical care for bones, muscles, ten-dons, ligaments and joints. Founded by Garber and business partner Dr. Jason Kaneshige in 2011, the practice includes six highly skilled general orthopedic surgeons, each with advanced training in a sub-specialized area like trauma, hand, joint replacement, shoulder and sports medicine.
“This allows patients and referring providers to send patients to Island Orthopaedics, knowing they’ll be directed to the appropriate subspecialist if surgery is indicated,” Garber shared.
With offices in Kaimuki, at The Queen’s Hospital West Oahu, and at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea on the Big Island, Island Orthopaedics’ cooperative model is attractive to many younger surgeons. Its surgeons provide on-call services at The Queen’s Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, and a significant amount of orthopedic care to the under-served community in Hawaii. A seventh surgeon will soon be added to its busy team, which takes on the islands’ most challenging orthopedic cases with advanced techniques that include arthroscopy, joint and cartilage preservation surgery, unicompartmental knees, and direct anterior total hip replacements.
“We have medical assistants, medical receptionists, billers and an assistant manager as part of our team,” explained business manager Jennifer Iseri. The practice employs 15 staff at its Kaimuki office, Iseri added, and its offices at The Queen’s Medical Center West Oahu and North Hawaii Community Hospital are in partnership with those facilities and are staffed by the respective hospitals.
Benefits at Island Orthopaedics are generous: the practice offers medical, dental, and vision insurance to all employees as well as a 401(k) profit-sharing plan with employer contributions.
“Our physicians make a yearly contribution to the employees’ profit-sharing plan based on a percentage of their yearly salary, regardless of whether or not employees make their own contributions,” explained Iseri.
The busy practice is currently inviting qualified applicants to apply for several open positions.
“We are always looking for great people to add to our team,” Iseri said. “We’re looking for employees who are friendly, pleasant, organized, learn quickly, and who are able to multi-task.”
Previous experience in the medical field isn’t required for some positions, she added, though it is always a plus.
Team building is important to the group as well. Island Orthopaedics’ office calendar has recently included a company barbecue, a game day, and an essential oil diffuser beaded bracelet-making workshop.
“We strive to support our employees both professionally and personally, while making this a fun place to work,” said Iseri. “The hope is that in return, everyone works well together — not because we are asking, but because they want to.”
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COMPANY: Island Orthopaedics
LOCATION: Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (main office); The Queen’s Hospital West Oahu; and North Hawaii Community Hospital, Waimea, Hawaii Island
FOUNDERS: Dr. Alexander Garber and Dr. Jason Kaneshige
BENEFITS: Medical, dental and vision benefits; 401(k) profit-sharing plan
PHOTOS BY LAWRENCE TABUDLO