HONOLULU - Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children’s hospital facility dog Winnie is leaving her post as the medical center’s Chief Canine Officer. She and her handler, Kapi‘olani Pediatric Psychologist Dr. Wendi Major, are moving to the mainland. Winnie’s last day of work will be Friday, September 13, 2019. Winnie will continue her work in providing care to children and families under Assistance Dogs Northwest at Metropolitan Pediatrics in Portland, Oregon.

“It’s a bittersweet time for us at Kapi‘olani Medical Center as we say goodbye to Winnie and Dr. Major,” said Kapi‘olani CEO Martha Smith. “Winnie has had such a positive impact not only on our pediatric patients and their families by helping to provide comfort and promote healing, but on our staff and the community as well. While they leave big paws to fill, our program will continue with another dog from Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and a new handler once training is complete.”

Kapi‘olani will receive a new dog trained by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, a nonprofit organization on Maui that trains service dogs to support people with disabilities and to provide comfort and courage to children in hospitals and courthouses.