Growing Our 'Ohana
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012

NHCH is pleased to announce the addition of one physician, two practitioners and one director to our 'ohana as we continue to focus on meeting the needs of our community.




Jennifer Real, MD, Hospitalist

Dr. Real has experience as a Hospitalist with Chesapeake General Hospital in Chesapeake, Virginia, and Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.  Most recently, Dr. Real was the Hospitalist Group Leader for the Sentara Medical Group at Sentara Leigh Hospital and Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Norfolk, VA. 

As a Hospitalist, Dr. Real is a physician who specializes in caring for patients in the hospital. A Hospitalist’s focus involves the medical care of a patient from the time of admission until the patient leaves the hospital. Dr. Real graduated from Whittier College in Whittier, CA, with a B.A. in Chemistry and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. 


Jean Cross, MSN, NP-C, FNP, Nurse Practitioner in NHCH’s Orthopedic Clinic

Jean has a wide array of nursing experience, including serving as a Registered Nurse in the Prenatal Unit at the University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics in Columbia, MO; Community Health Nurse with Lewis County Health Department in Monticello, MO; and Research and Development with Kaiser Permanente in Denver, CO.  For the past 16 years, Jean has practiced as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in Orthopedics at the Quincy Medical Center in Quincy, Illinois.

As Nurse Practitioner in NHCH’s Orthopedic Clinic, Jean is responsible for the total care of patients, under the supervision of a clinic physician, this includes performing accurate initial history and physical examinations. Jean graduated from the University of Southern Missouri in Joplin, MO, with her Bachelor of Science degree; from Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois, with her Bachelor of Science in nursing; and from Saint Louis University with her Master of Science in nursing. 



Annette Manant, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife in NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center

Annette has been a practicing midwife since 1983 where she assisted hospital, birth center, and home births in Washington State. In Hawaii since 2008, she has been helping women birth in hospitals part time at both NHCH and Castle Medical Center (on Oahu). She also taught nursing students as an Assistant Professor at Hawaii Pacific University. 

Annette received her Nurse Midwife certification at the University of Southern California, Women's Hospital in Los Angeles. 



Diane Hale, Director of NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit

Diane joins NHCH from Sandy, Utah (a suburb of Salt Lake City), where she worked for Intermountain Healthcare for the past 15 years, 12 of those years as a Labor and Delivery Nurse.   Most recently she was the Nurse Manager of Intermountain Healthcare LDSH Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit.  Diane has her Master of Science in Nursing in Administration with an emphasis in Education.  Diane relocated to Hawaii Island with her husband and 5 children.

As Director of the Family Birthing Unit, Diane oversees the daily operations of the hospital’s birthing unit, which delivered over 660 babies in 2011.