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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,

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“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

RLW Support Group Sept Oct 2018


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 Wednesday, October 10: 8:00 am-noon: Healthcare providers, RLW survivors and caregivers are invited to hear members

Kiwanis blanket donation with staff

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.

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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.