PRESS RELEASE: The East Hawaii Region of HHSC Names CEO and Elects Officers

Hilo, Hawaii (June 23, 2015) – The East Hawaii Region of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) has named its Chief Executive Officer and elected officers.


Dan Brinkman, who has served as Interim Regional CEO for the for the past 10 months, has been named CEO by the 13-member East Hawaii Regional Board of Directors after conducting a national search. Over the past 8 years, Brinkman has held the posts of Chief Nurse Executive and Chief Operating Officer.


Gary Yoshiyama, who will soon complete his two-year term as Board Chair, commented: “Dan has served our community and the Region well during this interim period. The Board has great confidence that with our support, he will continue to lead the Region’s healthcare needs into the future.”


“I am honored to be selected as the CEO for the East Hawaii Region,” said Brinkman. “I look forward to working with the Regional Board to continuing our work to improve our community’s health through exceptional and compassionate care.”


The Board also elected Kurt Corbin as Chair and Dennis Nutting as Secretary/Treasurer, terms beginning on July 1, 2015. Daniel Belcher, MD, will continue for an additional term as Vice Chair.


Background Information

Dan Brinkman, Regional CEO

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 Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, an Associate’s 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. 


Kurt Corbin, Chair Elect

Kurt has served on the Board for two years, most recently as Chair of Strategic Planning. Earlier in his career he served as an Executive at Washington University Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and as a Practice Director for the International Consulting firm Milliman. He retired in 2014 from the University of Hawai’i Hilo, where he was Assistant State Director for the Small Business Development Centers Program. 


Daniel Belcher, MD, Vice Chair

Dr. Belcher has been a community physician in Internal Medicine and member of the Hilo Medical Center medical staff since 1981. In addition to his private practice, he is a Long-Term Care Hospitalist at Hilo Medical Center. He is in his second term on the Regional Board and has served as the Credentials Committee Chair. He remains a member of the Credentials Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and as Chair of Quality Improvement & Patient Safety.


Dennis Nutting, Secretary/Treasurer Elect

Dennis is currently a Courseware Design consultant and has many years of experience in the Air Force that includes Director of Operations for a national training center. He brings Business Management, Education and IT skills to the board. He is in his first term on the Regional Board and serves as a member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Strategic Planning Vice Chair and as Chair of the Joint Conference Committee.







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 1,300 employees and a medical staff comprised 250 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:, or