HMC News

Hilo Medical Center among the top 10% hospitals in the nation for Patient Safety Excellence!

HMC is the only hospital ranked in the state  If you need to be admitted into a hospital, the last thing you would expect is to  become unnecessarily sicker. Patient safety measures how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions based on 14 serious, potentially preventable adverse events. The Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals that have the lowest occurrences of 14 preventable patient safety events. These hospitals are in the top 10% in the nation for patient safety. Click

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 http://www.CommunityFirstHawaii.org/registration 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