Zelko-Schlueter Joins East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors

Hawaii, Hilo, Hawaii – The East Hawaii Regional Board (EHRB) of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation announces Jennifer Leilani Zelko-Schlueter, Esq. as its newest member. The 12-member board is responsible for governing Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua, Ka’u Hospital and 12 general and specialty outpatient clinics.  

"Our directors welcome Jennifer aboard and we look forward to her participation in our efforts to maintain and raise East Hawaii's high standards of accessible quality care," said Gary Yoshiyama, East Hawaii Regional Board Chair. "In the short time we have gotten to know 'who' Jennifer Zelko is, we have found she is deeply rooted in our community, committed to our mission and vision, and enthusiastically learning and fulfilling her director responsibilities."  

“My husband and I feel blessed to be able to raise our children in this wonderful community where I grew up,” said Zelko-Schlueter, new member of the East Hawaii Regional Board of HHSC. “This is why I am honored to serve on a team that will help ensure quality health care continues for our Hawai‘i Island ‘ohana.”  

Zelko-Schlueter is currently the Director of Government, Community and Media Relations at Hawaii Electric Light Company. Prior to joining HELCO, she was an attorney at the law firm Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris, AAL, ALC. She first began her law career with the law firm Carlsmith Ball, LLP. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in Psychology and her Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University's School of Law. She serves on numerous boards including: University of Hawaii at Hilo Alumni & Friends, Na Leo ‘O Hawaii, and the YWCA of Hawaii Island Operations Committee. She is also a member of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii County Bar Association and Hawaii State Bar Association. Jennifer was born and raised in Hilo. She is married to Chris Schlueter. They have two children, Logan and Kate.      


About the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC), consisting of Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital, delivers a full range of services and programs. Our three hospitals in the region include 435 beds and over 1,250 employees and a medical staff comprised 250 community physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 12 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 43,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.  

The East Hawaii Region of HHSC is 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.