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HEPA Offering Three College Scholarships Totaling $9,000 for Graduating High School Seniors in Hilo and Honokaa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Hilo, May 15, 2019) The Hawaii Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the physicians who staff the emergency room at Hilo Medical Center and Hale Ho`ola Hamakua in Honokaa, is offering two (2) $3,000 college scholarships to students in Hilo and one (1) $3,000 college scholarship to students in Honoka`a. The three awardees will receive $1,500 per semester. The aim of these scholarships is to assist graduating high school students from the East Hawaii region, who without financial assistance,

New Safety Precautions at Hilo Medical Center’s Emergency Department

In light of the March 20 incident in the Emergency Department, we have updated patient and visitor safety procedures. Staffing for security officers in the Emergency Department has been increased to screen patients and visitors upon entering the Emergency Department at both the main entrance and medic entrance. Security officers are “wanding” patients and visitors to prevent dangerous instruments from entering our Emergency Department. This additional security measure has already produced positive results. According to a Hawaii Police Department’s April

News Coverage on Funding Interventional Cardiac Services

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald covered Hilo Medical Center’s efforts to expand cardiac care and garner legislative support for our interventional cardiac program. The fourth of the series of articles ran on Friday, April 26, “Cardiac funding bill stalls.” Other stories in the series include: March 24, “‘This unit is a blessing’: Patients undergo stent procedures at HMC;” February 3, “Support Urged for Hilo Cath Lab;” and December 3, “Hilo Medical Expanding Cardiac Care.” You may also see

Advance Health Care Directive – A Free Community Resource!

ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE: Do you have one? LOCATION: Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Training Room 1055 Kino’ole Street, Hilo, HI 96720 REGISTRATION: Online at https://www.CommunityFirstHawaii.org Phone: Tony Kent, (808) 292-4559 or Amy Hamane, 935-1500 Presented by: Community First Let us help you complete an Advance Health Care Directive that documents your end-of-life wishes. It’s FREE and doesn’t require an attorney. You may attend any one of these sessions – click on the image to enlarge and print: An Advance Health Care Directive is an important gift to

HMC Works to Improve Stroke Response, Care

Just after 10:30 a.m. Friday a group of nurses, rehabilitation therapists and other medical providers gathered outside a room at Hilo Medical Center and discussed the care of their stroke patient inside. When they finished, the group moved down the hall to the next room with another stroke patient. Hospital officials said 25-30 stroke patients come through HMC’s doors each month. Just this month, though, HMC began doing collaborative, interdisciplinary “grand rounds” for those patients in an effort to better coordinate care. Becca Moore,

$15,000 in Nursing Scholarships Awarded

The Palm Tree Gift Shop and the Hilo Medical Center Auxiliary awarded 12 scholarships, for Fall semester 2018, totaling $15,000 to nursing students attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College.  Each recipient received a check for $1,500 which will go towards funding their nursing education. These 12 nursing students were chosen among 40 applicants from the nursing schools. The recipients this year were: Kaitlyn Ashida Caroline Bergstrom Crystal Dasalla Ashley Fujie-Fukuki Jasmine Higa Arissa Nakagawa Chloe Nishioka Jodi Peralta Maria Pikini Marla Saragosa Michal Wanatowicz Kaimalie Zirker Funds for the

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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

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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

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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,