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Activation Teams for Trauma, Heart Attack, Stroke and Sepsis

In 2015, we added Sepsis Activation to our toolkit of activations to trigger immediate care for this very serious infection in the bloodstream. Since 2011, we instituted activation teams as a “best practice” approach in the way we care for trauma, heart attack, stroke, and now sepsis. This best practice originated out of the Hilo Medical Center’s Trauma Program.

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Training the Next Generation of Family Medicine Physicians

On July 10, Hilo Medical Center and the Hilo Medical Center Foundation hosted a welcome reception for the second class of residents at the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program. This program's success is a true example of our community investing in and making healthcare a priority!

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East Hawaii Region Achieves Highest Level of EMR Adoption

Hilo Medical Center, the first state hospital in Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to implement an EMR in May 2010, has completed all 7 stages of HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model in 2014. Achieving this milestone puts the East Hawaii Region of HHSC among the elite few hospital groups in the United States to have accomplished the highest level and final stage of EMR adoption.

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High Quality Training for Healthcare Providers in East Hawaii

Simulation in healthcare provides a safe learning environment that allows clinical staff to test new clinical processes while enhancing their individual and team skills before caring for a patient. Simulation training is a bridge between classroom learning and real-life clinical experience.

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Imaging Department Upgrade Project: Halfway Completed!

On July 10, HMC blessed the new Angiography Suite and its physicians and staff. The next day we cared for the first patient and put the new equipment to good use. By the end of the day, we had cared for a total of eight patients. The blessing marked the completion of the first phase in the Imaging Department renovation project.

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Brinkman Named East Hawaii Regional CEO

The East Hawaii Regional Board of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) has selected Dan Brinkman as the permanent Regional Chief Executive Officer effective June 22, 2015 following the conclusion of a National Search.

"Our decision to name Dan Brinkman as the CEO of the East Hawai’i Region makes good sense for the organization and community," said Kurt Corbin, East Hawaii Regional Board Chair. "Dan’s immediate appointment provides a seamless transition for the region in maintaining quality of care to the community and moving forward with major initiatives with regard to operations, legislative goals and our commitment to financial…

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Why the "Buy Local" Healthcare Ad Campaign?

We want everyone to know that we are the Hilo Medical Center of today! We are no longer the Hilo Hospital of decades ago. We are Hilo’s medical center of over 1,000 physicians and staff that have worked very hard to improve the quality of care we deliver with a focus on our Hilo-style of aloha!

More and more of our patients and their families have been noticing our improvements and they wanted to know how they could help spread the word. At the same time, we were looking for the best way to tell our community about our latest developments. We concluded that there's no better way to promote our hospital and staff than to let the work speak for itself through patient testimonies.

Thanks to the Hilo Medical Center…

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