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2018 Go Malama Report to Our Community

The 2018 Go Malama Report to Our Community includes the latest developments at Hilo Medical Center, Ka`u Hospital, Hala Ho`ola Hamakua and our 13 specialty clinics . The report can by read by clicking on the link. This year’s issue was published as a special insert in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in October.  

Hospitals must now post standard charges online

By STEPHANIE SALMONS Hawaii Tribune-Herald Hospitals throughout the country are now required to make a list of standard charges available online. Hospitals already were required to establish, update and make public lists of their standard charges for services and items provided. But to make the information more widely available, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated existing guidelines, which starting Tuesday require hospitals to make that information available online in a machine-readable format. Click on the link for the full text of the

Hawai’i Health Care System East Hawai’i Region Annual Public Meeting and Forum on Community Needs

Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 1:30 PM—2:30 PM Ka’u Hospital 1 Kamani Street in Pahala The East Hawai’i Regional Board of Directors of the Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) is holding its annual community meeting on Saturday, January 12 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Ka’u Hospital, located at 1 Kamani Street in Pahala. All residents are invited and encouraged to attend. An overview of the operations and financial condition of all facilities as well as a view toward the future will be presented. Ample

Join Us for Diabetes Support Group – First Tuesday of the Month at 4 pm

Click on the image to enlarge. Where: Hilo Medical Center, 1190 Waianuenue Avenue, Learning Center on the Second Floor Why: To Gather and Support Individuals Living with Diabetes and Their Caregivers When: 4:00-5:00 pm, Every First Tuesday of the Month Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes Urinating often Being thirsty more often than usual Being hungry more often than usual Being tired more often than usual Irritability Blurry vision Wounds that won’t heal Numb or tingling hands or feet For more information, contact Colleen Talich BSN, MBA, Certified Diabetes Educator, email: ctalich@hhsc.org or call

Surgical support team

“People at Hilo Medical Center have been working hard to make this place so good.”

CLICK ON THE AD TO ENLARGE.  “So many people asked me if I was going to Oahu for my care,” said Mary Espejo who had two surgeries less than a month apart. “Why would I want to go to Oahu? People at Hilo Medical Center have been working hard to make this place so good.” “There has been a huge shift in attitude at our hospital that has made a whole lot of difference,” says Mary Espejo. “I felt like everyone


Wednesday, September 12: 4:00-6:00 pm: Join us for the Rat Lungworm Support Group featuring Dr. Kristin Rajala, Director of Behavioral Health at the Hawaii Island Family Health Center and Behavioral Science Faculty at the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency. The support group meets at the Keaau Community Center, 16-186 Pili Mua Street in Keaau. For more information, contact Elena Cabatu at (808) 932-3160 or ecabatu@hhsc.org. Wednesday, October 10: 8:00 am-noon: Healthcare providers, RLW survivors and caregivers are invited to hear members

Kiwanis Club of East Hawaii Donates Blankets to Keiki

Mahalo to the Kiwanis Club of East Hawaii for donating 30 blankets to our Pediatric/Surgical Unit to keep our keiki nice and warm during their hospital stay. Thanks to Audrey Kagawa and her fellow members, they produced many more blankets at the recent district convention in Kona. All of the blankets produced have been distributed them throughout our community. Hilo Medical Center thanks the Kiwanis for thinking of our youngest patients.

Celebrating a Precious Life!

For the last few years, Charlene has celebrated the passing of her beloved son Calsey by knitting and donating baby beanies to our OB unit. This year she made 15 handcrafted beanies – each one taking 4 hours to make. See Char’s video explaining the reason she decided to honor her son this way by clicking here.

See the Progress of Participants in Hui Pono, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program at Hilo Medical Center

Hilo Medical Center is documenting the progress of Ken Goodenow and Dawn Pung in their journey to reverse their cardiac disease through Dr. Dean Ornish scientifically proven program consisting of exercise, nutrition, stress management and group support. For more information about Hui Pono, Ornish Lifestyle Medicine Program at Hilo Medical Center, call 932-3455. Ken Goodenow — click on the images to see the full text: Dawn Pung — click on the image to see the full text: