Q&A with Dr. Robert Canonico in Aiea, Hawaii

Dr. Robert Canonico

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Here’s a Q&A with Dr. Robert Canonico at Pali Momi Medical Center in Aiea, Hawaii. At this hospital, there are openings for a physicianAPPs, and an APP lead.

Q. Tell us about Pali Momi Medical Center.

A. Pali Momi is simply a diamond in the rough composed of a care delivery team that is diverse and provides coordinated patient care. We have been available to the community since our inception in 1989. We’re continuously fine-tuning care delivery and adjusting to the near and outlying community needs. We’re only ever getting better for the patients we serve!

Q. Tell us about your team.

A. Our team has developed into a family of providers who know each other and offer better care because of the longevity and limited turnover we enjoy. We celebrate with each other at the beach, at picnics, dinner events, paintball, and even ice skating in Hawaii.

Q. What are some major health concerns/unique challenges for the specific population you serve?

A. Our practice serves a large population of aging previous plantation workers. It is our honor to care for World War II veterans, participants, and their families who so selflessly defended their homes and the United States mission during that time in history.

Our population has been identified as one of the oldest in the nation by demographics data collections. We serve an extremely large and growing population of dialysis and diabetic patients. We also have a dedicated neurology stroke team and service, as well as trauma and cardiology Centers of Excellence, which have earned many awards for site accomplishments regarding patient care.

Q. What’s important to know about hospital administration?

A. We receive expert financial support and analytics from our administrative team, which affords us the opportunity to derive, manage, and adjust our care delivery to provide our patients with quality experience and treatment.

Q. What’s the best advice you ever received as a physician?

A. No matter what, always work toward living within or below your means. Do not overstretch your finances to create a debt that you will forever be climbing out from under – save as much money as you possibly can.

Q. What’s the best advice you give to other physicians?

Care for your patients and your team as if they were your immediate family, and you will never be looked upon unfavorably or scrutinized unfairly.

About Dr. Canonico

Dr. Canonico has been the Director for the Emergency Department at Pali Momi Medical Center since 2011.

At Pali Momi, he has served as Emergency Department Chair for seven years, and is the Utilization Review Co-Medical Director, which he started six years ago. He is the past chair of Quality Council. He served the Pali Momi Medical Center Medical Executive Committee for the past eight years. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine for four years.

Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Canonico is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO, and completed his Emergency Medicine Specialty Track Internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine/Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

More about Pali Momi Medical Center

Pali Momi Medical Center is a 135-bed facility, including a new 10-bed transitional care unit. Its medical staff of 320 physicians represents most specialties and subspecialties, and it is an accredited stroke center.

The Emergency Department has a volume of 46,000 visits annually with a 15% admission rate. There are 20 beds in the Emergency Department with an 8-bed swing unit to handle volume surges. Pali Momi is a site location for USACS’ “Physician First” Physician-in-triage program.