Hilo Medical Center Announces Dan Brinkman as Chief Operating Officer

Hilo, Hawaii – Hilo Medical Center named Dan Brinkman as Chief Operating Officer. Brinkman, who joined the hospital in 2007 as the Chief Nurse Executive, will provide operational guidance as Hilo Medical Center pursues its mission of improving our community health through exceptional and compassionate care.  

Brinkman most recently led Hilo Medical Center during the Joint Commission survey in late January. Under his leadership, the hospital received the Gold Seal for Approval and was recommended by the accrediting body for “Best Practices” for its Pharm2Pharm partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and its Antibiotic Stewardship Project.  

“In our healthcare environment there is a real need for progressive leadership and our organization must invest in its team in order to move from good to great,” said Howard Ainsley, East Hawaii Regional CEO of HHSC. “Dan has served us well as Chief Nurse Executive. I am pleased that he has accepted the Chief Operating Officer position where, I believe, he will make a major impact on furthering our organization.”  

“After seven years as Chief Nurse Executive, I have come to love the hospital and the community,” said Dan Brinkman, Chief Operating Officer at Hilo Medical Center. “I am looking forward to working with the excellent leaders and staff to improve the care we provide our patients.”  

Prior to joining Hilo Medical Center, Brinkman 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 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 42,000 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 2013, HMC's EMR team, HealthConnect, attained the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) Meaningful Use Stage 1. 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.