Administration

Kathryn Raethel

President and CEO

Kathryn Raethel, F.A.C.H.E., M.H.A., M.P.H., R.N., assumed the presidency of Castle Medical Center on December 5, 2011.

Prior to this appointment, Raethel had been vice president for patient care services at Castle for eleven years. During this time, she provided administrative direction and clinical oversight of patient care at Castle, and she oversaw numerous departments, including the nursing units, the Emergency Department, Quality Resources, and Risk Management.

Prior to joining Castle, Raethel was the vice president of professional services and COO at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, California. She holds a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in health administration from Loma Linda University in California.

Raethel and her husband, Hilton, have four adult children and live in Kailua.

Laura Westphal

Vice President, Patient Care and CNO

In March of 2012, Laura Westphal, M.B.A., C.P.H.Q., R.N., became Castle's vice president for patient care and chief nursing officer. Westphal has worked at Castle Medical Center for twelve years and, prior to her appointment as vice president, was director of Quality and Risk Management. She has been a lead at Castle's Cardiac Catherization Lab and was the hospital's first clinical information system coordinator.

In her nursing career, Westphal has worked in many roles, including as a manager in home care, as a skilled nursing team lead, working in cardiac care, managing a cardiac step-down unit, and working in electrophysiology. She holds a bachelor's degree in health care from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and an M.B.A. in health care from Loma Linda University.

Westphal lives in Kailua with her husband, Daniel, and has three adult children and three granddaughters.

Travis Clegg

Vice President, Operations

Travis Clegg, M.B.A., began serving as vice president of operations at Castle in October of 2011. Prior to this appointment, he was administrative director at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.

In his role in Portland, Clegg administered a satellite facility that included an imaging center, laboratory, physical therapy department, and physician clinics, and oversaw two of the hospital’s clinical departments and its centralized patient scheduling. His academic background includes a bachelor of business administration degree from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas, and a master of business administration degree from Portland State University.

Clegg and his wife, Hannah, live in Kailua.

Wendi Barber

Chief Financial Officer

Wendi Barber, C.P.A., M.B.A., became Castle’s chief financial officer in September of 2011. Prior to assuming this new role, Barber had been director of Financial Services at Castle for ten years. During this time, she managed $230 million in gross revenue for the hospital.

Barber received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, and she is a certified public accountant.

Barber and her husband, Chris, have two children and live in Kailua.

Alan H.S. Cheung

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Alan H.S. Cheung, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., began serving in the newly created position of vice president of medical affairs in January, 2009. He has been on the medical staff of Castle Medical Center since October, 1992.

Dr. Cheung is a general and transplant surgeon working with Surgical Associates, Inc., with offices in Kailua and Honolulu. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, completed his internship and general surgery residency at the University of Washington, and was awarded a transplant fellowship by the University of Minnesota Medical School. He holds an M.B.A. in health care administration from the School of Public Health of Loma Linda University in California.

Dr. Cheung is currently the president of Surgical Associates, Inc., and is a clinical professor of surgery at the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawai‘i. He was voted one of the “Best Doctors in Hawai‘i” in 2009. He and his wife, Alyson, have a daughter and son and live in Kailua.