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East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Names Joni Waltjen Chief Financial Officer

Joni WaltjenHilo, Hawaii – The East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation names Joni Waltjen the Chief Financial Officer. Over the course of three years, she has functioned as the Region’s Interim Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller.

“I wholeheartedly welcome Joni in her official role,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “She possesses the expertise and skill it takes to lead our region’s finances. I am particularly impressed with her rising through the ranks over the course of her 16-year career at Hilo Medical Center.”

“It is my great privilege to serve my hometown and our East Hawaii communities spanning from Kau to Honokaa,” said Joni Waltjen, newly selected East Hawaii Regional Chief Financial Officer of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “This position is meaningful to me because I sincerely love working with such dedicated coworkers throughout our organization who share the mission of providing nationally recognized 4-star care for our family, friends and neighbors. I am committed to improving the healthcare we provide by improving the financial health of our hospitals.”

Joni is a 1994 graduate of Hilo High School and University of Hawaii at Hilo, where she earned her degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance. She earned her certification in revenue cycle through Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). Joni is a director on the HFMA Hawaii Chapter board. In 2014, she received HFMA’s FOLLMER Bronze Merit Award. She also serves on the Puna Community Medical Center as a director and the finance and audit committee chair. Joni is a longtime volunteer for Hilo Medical Center Foundation’s Wine, Cheese, Chocolates and MORE! fundraiser and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She and her husband Kendall are raising their son Keoni in their hometown and enjoy watching his adventures in soccer and basketball.

About the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation

As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Hoola Hamakua and Kau Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals include 290 beds and over 1,300 employees. Our medical staff is comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 10 outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. Hilo Medical Center functions as a Level III Trauma Center, which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state, providing 24-hour care and serving more than 50,000 patients annually. Hale Hoola Hamakua and Kau Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.

The East Hawaii Region of HHSC is part of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawaii to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to:, or