Hilo Medical Center Auxiliary Awards Nursing Scholarships

 Proceeds from the Auxiliary’s Palm Tree Gift Shop provide for 12, $1,000 scholarships. 

Hilo, Hawaii – Hilo Medical Center’s Auxiliary awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to nursing students attending local schools. Recipients were asked to submit a resume, letter of reference and transcript showing that they had a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Auxiliary Scholarship Chair Colleen Alicuben and Auxiliary member Amy Higuchi conducted a short interview with each of the applicants and chose the most deserving candidates.

This year’s recipients come from the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s School of Nursing in Hilo and in Waianae, which is in partnership with University of Hawaii West Oahu; Hawaii Community College’s Nursing Program in Hilo and Kona and Hawaii Community College’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program. Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Sherry Agonoy
  • Shaylyn Arakaki
  • Rachel Anne Felix
  • Ashley Fujie-Fukuki
  • Shaylyn Fujii
  • Ellie Jean Kalawe
  • Marc Lewis
  • Melissa Moats
  • Jenny Nagatori
  • Crystal Rances
  • Donalynn Saragosa
  • Vincent Soriano

The $12,000 in scholarships is made possible through proceeds raised from sales at the Palm Tree Gift Shop in Hilo Medical Center’s lobby. Virginia Patterson Maeda, gift shop manager of 31 years, says: “We try our very best at the Palm Tree Gift Shop. Countless hours are dedicated to stocking the shop with meaningful gifts, cards and jewelry for hospital patients, visitors and employees to purchase. It’s great that we are able to earn enough funds to provide these much-needed scholarships to well-deserving nursing students who may one day take care of us.”


About Hilo Medical Center

As the Big Island's leading provider of nationally recognized 4-star 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 1,200 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 nearly 48,000 patients annually. 

In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranked HMC 4 stars for Overall Hospital Quality, putting our hospital in the top 20% in the nation, among the top 5 hospitals in the state, and named HMC the only 4-star hospital on Hawaii Island. Also in 2016, our Intensive Care Unit was designated as a bronze level for Beacon Award of Excellence – only the second ICU in the state to receive this designation. HMC received the 2016 American Heart Association Gold Plus Award for heart failure. HMC has also been 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. 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 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