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Activation Teams for Trauma, Heart Attack and Stroke

Since 2011, Hilo Medical Center has instituted activation teams as a “best practice” approach in the way we care for trauma, heart attack and stroke patients. This best practice originated out of the Hilo Medical Center’s Trauma Program.

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We're Tobacco-Free!

In observance of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, May 31, the Tobacco-Free Coalition of East Hawaii presented recognition plaques to Howard Ainsley, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and Hilo Medical Center; Merilyn Harris, Administrator of Kau Hospital; and Therese Glowania, Personnel Management Specialist at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua for the hospitals’ tobacco-free policy – effective May 1.

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Hospital Foundation Working to Improve Community Health

On February 22, the Hilo Medical Center Foundation hosted a breakfast gathering at the River Cottage to update community physicians on the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program (HHSC PCTP), formerly known as the Hilo Residency Program.

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What’s New for Our Electronic Medical Records

Since May 2010, the staff at Hilo Medical Center has worked tirelessly to establish and implement our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system – known as HealthConnect. We are navigating our way through the eight stages of guidelines established by the Federal government.

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Welcome to Hilo Medical Center

Aloha East Hawaii Community, Visitors and Patients,

Welcome to Hilo Medical Center’s new website. Please take a moment to navigate through this site to learn about our latest advances in the quality of patient care and customer service. Here, our patients will learn how to prepare and what to expect for a hospital stay, outpatient procedure or a visit to any one of our clinics. We want our visitors to know how to get around the hospital to see their loved ones or know where to take a break to get a bite to eat. We also want to inform the community of upcoming classes such as our Diabetes in Control Class or guest speakers on asthma or arthritis. One major development at HMC is that our campus and 10 outpatient clinics became tobacco-free on May 1. This policy covers our sister facilities in Honokaa and Kau. We’re asking for everyone’s help in doing the right thing by clearing the air to improve community health.

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Joshua Pierce, MD, FACS

Best Wishes for a Safe Holiday Season

From December 18 through January 1, Hilo Medical Center's Trauma Team has sponsored radio ads encouraging caution and safety during the holidays on THE WAVE, THE BEACH, KBIG and NATIVE FM stations. This year to date, 13 fatalities were related to drugs (5), alcohol (2), or a combination of both (6). Please take a look at the graph below containing the number of DUIs, major accidents and fatalities and know that all of these instances could have been prevented.

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Family and Designated Driver Ad with Jarett Morales, RN and daughters Siera and Jaci
Distracted Driving Prevention Ad with Louise Fincher, RN and daughter Emma
Drunk Driving Prevention Ad with Louise Fincher, RN and daughter Emma
Drunk Driving Prevention Ad with Emergency Department Physician, Dr. Kathleen Katt
Children and Vehicle Safety Ad with Hawaii County Fire Department's Fire Medical Specialist, Chris Honda  




 DUI Arrests




 Major Accidents



 9.6 %

 Traffic Fatalities   




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