|By Kristen Consillio, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
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Kurren, 63, has led the dental group for the past 11 years and was previously president of
"I've accomplished everything that I wanted to do at
Kurren has put HDS on a solid path for the future, leaving the company in "excellent shape," said
The company said recruitment to fill the CEO position is underway.
HDS, the state's largest dental benefits provider, has grown to more than 600,000 enrollees in
Among Kurren's greatest achievements is helping HDS make oral health care more accessible and affordable to all
HDS began offering dental coverage in 2013 to beneficiaries of the state's
"We really feel it's important that as a dental benefits company we are aware of the things that can be done," Kurren said. "We tried very hard to identify the needs in our community and fill those needs to the extent possible. Of course we're a business, but in the end we are a nonprofit and that's our mission, so I feel very good about being able to truly deliver on that mission in our community."
Kurren helped to significantly increase funding for programs that provide oral health education and access to dental care on
Kurren said she will continue to be involved in the community as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Hawaii Health Connector.
"I'm pleased that I'm able to retire with a great deal of satisfaction," Kurren said. "It's really been a good run, and I'm looking forward to that bucket list and spending more time with my family," including her 15-month-old grandson. "I'm trying really hard to be a part of his life."
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