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Dr. Sia
Leadership Beyond: The Legacy of Dr. Cal Sia

The late Dr. Calvin C.J. Sia leaves behind a lasting legacy in pediatric medicine. Much of the best practices applied today at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children and in Children’s hospitals across the United States and Asia, were implemented by Dr. Sia’s passion and commitment to ensure the rights and welfare of children.

Dr. Sia created the concept of a “Medical Home”, something he believed every child deserved, to improve delivery of health care services to children. The concept has been adopted in over 700 primary care and specialty care societies, health plans, consumer groups and organizations across the United States and Asia.

Dr. Sia was a pioneer for children’s health, collaborating with U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Hawai‘i State Governors, Legislators and Officials. His concept of a “Medical Home” was realized through grants and studies were conducted for medical journals. In 1984, the influential pediatrician enacted the National Emergency Medical Services for Children. Today, pediatric emergency services are available in every state.

For the 38 years of his career, Dr. Sia was accessible to his patients, inviting them to call him at home during his “welcome” call hours. He developed prevention practices, well care and management of chronic care for children with special health needs. He founded the “Zero to Three” program which ensured free educational services for disabled children to include infants, toddlers and preschoolers.