Outpatient surgery center to open
Surgicare of Hawaii will open a 17,026-square-foot facility Monday on the ground floor at Waterfront Plaza that will offer ambulatory, multispecialty rooms and suites, and features an advanced technology infrastructure.
The company is owned and operated by a joint venture project among Surgical Care Affiliates LLC, Hawaii Pacific Health Partners Inc. and Honolulu Surgery Center LP. The new facility can accommodate most outpatient or ambulatory surgical procedures, including orthopedics, ophthalmology, podiatry, esthetic, gastroenterology and general surgery.
Amgen recalls anemia drugs
TRENTON, N.J. » Amgen Inc. is recalling some lots of its blockbuster Epogen and Procrit anemia treatments because the injected drugs may contain glass flakes that could cause blood clots, swelling of veins, immune system reactions and other problems.
The company says the flakes are barely visible in most cases, and they have fielded no complaints or reports about problems that can be directly tied to them.
The affected lot numbers and expiration dates can be found on websites for the products, and patients can call 1-800-77-AMGEN to ask questions.
Capital goods spending increases
WASHINGTON » U.S. companies invested last month in computers, communications equipment and machinery, boosting capital goods orders for the third time in four months. The 4.1 percent increase to capital goods in August signaled a rebound in business spending after orders fell 5.3 percent in July. It also suggests manufacturing, which has helped drive economic growth since the recession ended in June 2009, is still a bright spot in a weak recovery.
The overall demand for durable goods fell 1.3 percent in August, the Commerce Department said yesterday. But that was pulled down by a significant drop in orders for aircraft. When excluding the volatile transportation sector, orders rose 2 percent — the best showing in five months.
Feds seize 3 failing credit unions
Nearly two years after Wall Street’s giants were rescued by the federal government, regulators took over three financial institutions yesterday that provide the underpinning for hundreds of the nation’s credit unions.
The three entities, known as wholesale credit unions and located in Connecticut, Illinois and Texas, were seized by regulators from the National Credit Union Administration, which supervises about 7,500 credit unions that provide basic banking services to millions of Americans. Most of those customers are linked to credit unions through their employers or through membership organizations. Although the overwhelming majority of those credit unions are financially sound, some of the wholesale entities behind them have been hobbled by losses on subprime mortgage bonds and other complex investments.
On the Move
» Marriott International named Benjamin Emery as its new area director of revenue strategy for North Asia, Hawaii and South Pacific. He has 15 years of hospitality experience, including as director of market strategy and director of revenue analysis for Marriott International in San Francisco.
» Hawaii National Bank celebrated its 50th anniversary Thursday by giving two local businesses $15,000 worth of prizes. The grand prize went to Goldwings Supply Service, a Honolulu-based aircraft parts and supplies distributor. The Big Island’s Pahoa Feed and Fertilizer took second place. The prizes consisted of office supplies, consulting services and cash prizes as part of the bank’s Business Fitness Checkup contest.
» RevoluSun and Distributed Energy Partners has hired Jeanette Roberts as an accounting manager. She was previously a manager of accounting and administration for Taisei Construction Corp. and operations administrator for the Durrant Group.