Hilo Photo Club Collection Refreshed in Hilo Medical Center’s Lobby

Hilo, Hawaii —  On January 6, 2015, Hilo Medical Center thanked the Hilo Photo Club for refreshing its collection of 22 images of Hawaiian wildlife and local landmarks on display in the hospital’s lobby. 

“Four years ago, our lobby was renovated – thanks to a project by the Hilo Medical Center Foundation – and needed artwork as a finishing touch,” remembers Dan Brinkman, Interim East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “I remember specifying that we needed to have calming and scenic  images specific to Hawaii. Thanks to members of the Hilo Photo Club, thousands of patients, visitors and staff have been able to enjoy beautiful images captured by local photographers. We are grateful to continue our partnership in 2015.” 

“I am happy that the photos can benefit patients and their families,” said Chris Butcher, Chair of Hilo Photo Club’s Hospital Collection and Clinical Coordinator on Hilo Medical Center’s Obstetrics Unit. 

An unforeseen benefit of Hilo Photo Club’s display is the use of the photos in Hilo Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Department.  Eva Koenig is one of the Speech Therapists who incorporates speech and memory exercises while viewing the images in the lobby. “With some of my patients, we walk around the lobby, look at the pieces and go back to the Rehab Department to talk about the pictures, work on memory and encourage communication,” said Koenig. 

LaVerne Pana, who had been coming to Hilo Medical Center for outpatient Speech and Occupational Therapy since her stroke last January, walked through the lobby  with Koenig to view the photos. Mrs. Pana zeroed in on a picture titled “Nene” by Jean Wence and said, “This one is nice,” and moved on to the rest of the collection to continue her Speech Therapy session. 

“I think it’s great that people who come to the hospital have something nice to look at, reflect on and hopefully cheer them up,” said Charlene Asato, a member of the Hilo Photo Club who contributed two pieces featuring mynah birds and a white bat flower from her backyard. “I’m glad the pictures are being used to help patients.” 

For more information on the Hilo Photo Club, go to: www.hilophotoclub.org.

Members of the Hilo Photo Club gathered on January 6 to view their collection housed in the hospital’s lobby. 

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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 275 beds located throughout the 141-bed acute hospital, 20-bed behavioral health unit and a 134-bed long-term care facility. We have 1,000 employees and a medical staff comprised 250 community physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of ten 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 43,000 patients annually.  

HMC is the recipient of Mountain Pacific Quality Health's Quality Achievement Award. We were recognized in 2012 by the insurer HMSA as Hawaii's leading hospital in improving quality and reducing the cost of providing care. HMC was also named 2012 Press Ganey Top Improver Award winner for patient satisfaction for improvements. In 2013, we received the American Heart Association Gold Award for cardiac care. 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.   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.