East Hawaii Region Welcomes Newest Member to Its Leadership Team

25-year veteran in healthcare finance to guide hospitals in East Hawaii Region

Hilo, Hawaii – The East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation welcomes Janiece McNichols as its Regional Chief Financial Officer for Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho`ola Hamakua and Ka`u Hospital and the region’s 10 outpatient clinics. The East Hawaii Region, the largest and most diverse of the five HHSC Regions across the state, employs 1,300 people for a combined annual payroll of $120 million and utilizes over 300 island vendors for goods and services.  As East Hawaii’s largest employer, its economic impact is significant for Hawaii County.

“Our employees, physicians, board members and business partners are committed to delivering high quality patient centered care to East Hawaii,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “Janiece McNichols is a seasoned veteran who strengthens our team with her national perspective and experience in healthcare finance and fiscal performance. We look forward to her positive contributions to healthcare in our community. ”  

“I feel fortunate to join the East Hawaii Region where I’m surrounded by dedicated associates, physicians and hospital staff, as well as a very active community and board of directors,” said McNichols, new East Hawaii Regional CFO for HHSC. “My philosophy is that finance is interrelated in providing an overall great patient experience. It takes all of us to make that experience a positive one. My aim will be to take a collaborative approach between clinicians and finance to enhance our care for the community.”

Prior to her recent move to Hilo, McNichols, originally from Arkansas, was part of Denver’s Centura Health where she most recently served as CFO for the St. Anthony North market including its acute hospital and numerous physician practices.  She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA).  She earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelors’ in Business Administration from Henderson State University in Arkansas.  McNichols is married and has a son in college studying to be a commercial pilot. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and scuba diving.


About the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation

As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, a 4-star rated acute hospital by Centers for Medicaid & Medicare, Hale Ho′ola Hamakua, a 5-star rated nursing home by CMS, and Ka′u Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals include 373 beds and over 1,300 employees and a medical staff 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 48,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.

The East Hawai’i Region of HHSC is part of the Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation, a public entity established in 1996 by the State of Hawai’i to fulfill the promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare. For more information, go to: www.hilomedicalcenter.org, www.halehoolahamkua.org or www.kauhospital.org