East Hawaii Region Names Interim Regional Chief Executive Officer



 Brinkman named Interim CEO of the East Hawaii Region of HHSC.

Hilo, Hawaii – The East Hawaii Regional Board of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) has announced today that Dan Brinkman, Regional Chief Operating Officer, has been named interim Regional Chief Executive Officer effective August 1, 2014.  Outgoing Regional Chief Executive Officer Howard Ainsley will assist in the transition of the position until his departure on August 9, 2014 for Morehead Memorial Hospital.   

“Our decision to name Dan Brinkman as the interim CEO of the East Hawaii Region makes good sense for the organization and community,” said Gary Yoshiyama, East Hawaii Regional Board chairman. “Dan’s immediate appointment provides a seamless transition for the region in maintaining quality of care to the community and moving forward with major initiatives with regard to operations, legislative goals and our commitment to financial stewardship. As the Chief Operating Officer for the region, he has a comprehensive understanding of the long term direction and strategic plan for all of the hospitals and clinics throughout the region.”

“This announcement allows our board to move forward with the process of searching for a candidate who can assume the permanent role of Chief Executive Officer for the East Hawaii Region,” Yoshiyama added.  “We are looking forward to selecting a CEO who will be dedicated to fulfilling our mission of improving our community’s health through exceptional and compassionate care.”  

Brinkman first joined Hilo Medical Center in 2007 as the Chief Nurse Executive and was named Regional Chief Operating Officer in early 2014. Prior to moving to Hilo, he was the Assistant Administrator of Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University’s Medical Center. Brinkman earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, an Associates Degree in Nursing from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Augusta State College in Georgia. He resides on the Hamakua Coast with his wife, six daughters and extended family.  


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 375 beds and over 1,250 employees and 250 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: