Hilo Medical Center Receives $1.771 Million to Update Dietary Equipment

Hilo, Hawaii – Governor Neil Abercrombie’s December 26 release of funds for capital improvement projects (CIP) included $1,771,000 for Hilo Medical Center to replace dietary equipment that was installed when the hospital was built more than 25 years ago in 1985.  

“I would like to thank the Governor for releasing funds to replace our aging refrigeration units, a key component of one of the most essential services in the hospital,” said Howard Ainsley, CEO of the East Hawaii Region of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “Hilo Medical Center is a full service hospital and operates as a little city within Hilo. The new equipment will ensure that we continue to meet food safety requirements and provide nutritious meals to our patients, visitors and staff.”  

On average, the hospital’s Food and Nutrition Services Department prepares upwards of 875 meals per day for patients, visitors and staff. This CIP funding is a part of the $21.7 million allocated for state hospitals within the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.  

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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 276 beds located throughout the 142-bed acute hospital, 22-bed behavioral health facility and 112-bed long-term care facility. We have 1,000 employees and 250 physicians, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of ten outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital's Level III Trauma Center includes the second busiest emergency room in the state, providing 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.  
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