Eagle Scout Projects Celebrated at Hilo Medical Center

Hilo, Hawaii – On March 23, Hilo Medical Center's staff and long term care residents celebrated the completion of the Garden of Eternal Peace, a joint Eagle Scout Project between Phillip Palmore and Aaron Graf.

“Originally, I thought this project was going to last one week during Spring Break last year,” said Phillip, whose portion of the project was building the walkway and pergola, during his message to donors and supporters of the project. “I also thought that I would only need 16 tons of gravel and it turned out to be over 120 tons. I thought all I had to do was work hard, but a year later, I learned it doesn’t matter how you got there, it matters that you got there at all.”

Harold Crawford, Unit Commissioner, said this Eagle Scout project was the largest to come out of Troop 42. “I'm very proud of him,” he said. “Phillip had to go through so many levels of approval with the Planning Commission and the ADA, but he saw it through and learned many lessons along the way.”

In addition to thanking donors and supporters of his landscaping portion of the project, Aaron thanked his mother Lisa who was shedding prideful tears while videotaping her son's speech. “They [Aaron and Phillip] have known each other since they were three – we live across the street,” Lisa recounted. “We put Aaron in Boy Scouts so he could have life skills and be among his peers. Without the Palmores none of this would have happened.”

“It wasn't a coincidence these two boys came together to work on this project,” said Kahu Kimo Awai in his opening statement prior to blessing the project.  

“This vision for a garden here was a long time coming,” said Pam Bruce, Nurse Manager for Hilo Medical Center's Extended Care Facility, who was days away from retiring. “So many other people had a vision for this area, but these boys made it happen!”

Philip and Aaron thanked members of the Waiakea and Akaka Falls Lions clubs for their support. The long list of donors who contributed to the project include: Don DeCleene, Engineering Partners Integrated, Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Waiakea Lions Club, Akaka Falls Lions Club, Kea’au High School Civics Club, Troop 42 Boy Scouts (Mt. View), Hawaii Masons and Plasterers, Jas Glover Ltd., Yamada & Sons Inc., Puna Rock Ltd., Allied Machinery Corporation, HPM Building Supply, Honsador Lumber Llc., Argus Building Supply, Puna Rentals, Kea’au Service Station (Kurtistown), Veteran Termite & Pest Control Llc., Disability & Communication Access Board, Isemoto Contracting Ltd., Puna Plumbing, and Hawaii Johns.


Phillip Palmore stands in front of his Eagle Scout Project. Mahalo to all who contributed!

Earlier on February 20, Boy Scout Barret Baca, a senior at Hilo High School and member of Troop 78 Pukahi District, completed his Eagle Scout Project to beautify the first floor atrium at Hilo Medical Center. Scout Masters Arthur Sampaga, also the Chief Nursing Officer at the hospital, and the late Jon Hiyashi oversaw the project.


About Hilo Medical Center

As the Big Island's leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care, Hilo Medical Center (HMC) delivers a full range of services and programs. Our 20-acre campus consists of 276 beds located throughout the 137-bed acute hospital, 20-bed behavioral health unit and a 119-bed long-term care facility. We have 1,000 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of nine outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to more than 44,000 patients annually. 

HMC ranks in the top 2% of hospitals in country and best in the state of Hawaii for preventing Hospital Acquired Conditions, according to CMS in 2015. The hospital is also a recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and a past recipient of the Mountain Pacific Quality Health's Quality Achievement Award. In 2015, we received the American Heart Association Gold Award for cardiac care. In 2013 and 2014, we were also recognized for quality long term care by Providigm for Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement Accredited Facility and Embracing Quality Award for the Prevention of Hospital Readmissions. Our long term care met the requirements for the American Health Care Association's Three Tier Level Quality Initiative Recognition Program.

In 2014, HMC's EMR team, HealthConnect, attained the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Meaningful Use Stage 2. In addition, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized HMC for achieving Stage 7 on the EMR Adoption ModelSM. HMC was received the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in 2015 for demonstrating EMR utilization to improve quality of care and financial management.

We are 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: www.hilomedicalcenter.org.