East Hawai’i Regional Board Welcomes New Members

Hilo, Hawaii (September 24, 2015) – The East Hawai’i Regional Board (EHRB) of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation announces the recent appointments of Douglass Shipman Adams and Karen L. Pellegrin. The 14-member Board is responsible for governing Hilo Medical Center, Hale Ho’ola Hamakua, Ka’u Hospital and the Region’s 10 general and specialty clinics.

“Our Community is indeed fortunate to have the services of these talented and experienced leaders,” said Kurt Corbin, East Hawai’i Regional Board Chair. “They join a Board comprised of dedicated physicians, business executives, educators and professionals who are committed to the ideals of providing exceptional health care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. And as articulated in our Vision Statement: We will achieve success by pursuing a leadership role in partnership with other community healthcare organizations and providers.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the East Hawai’i Regional Board,” said Karen Pellegrin. “The HHSC hospitals and clinics play such an important role in the health of our community. The dedication of the leadership team is impressive, especially during these challenging times, and I look forward to working with them to improve healthcare in East Hawai’i.”

Adams is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the West Point, his Master’s degree from National Intelligence University, and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He is a Board member of the Hawaii County Board of Ethics, W.H. Shipman Ltd., the Boys and Girls Club of Big Island, Kuikahi Mediation Center and belongs to the Rotary Club of South Hilo. He and his wife, retired U.S. Army Colonel Deb Lewis, have three children and one grandchild.   

Dr. Pellegrin has over 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare quality, strategy, research, and education. Since joining the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy in 2008, she garnered more than $30,000,000 in competitive federal grants in healthcare innovation. In 2010, she was named Founding Director of the Center for Rural Health Science. Prior to joining the College, she served for over seven years as an executive for Compass Point Research, a corporation with three subsidiaries providing clinical trials management and ethics review services and technology throughout the US. There she served as Vice President for Quality Management and Strategic Planning, Chief Compliance Officer, and then as its President. She began her career at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she served as a member of the MUSC Medical Center management team and junior faculty member. Dr. Pellegrin has her Master’s degree from The Citadel, Doctorate’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida, and did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quality Management & Health Psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2006, she and her husband moved from Charleston, South Carolina to East Hawai’i with their cats.

Adams serves on the Governance and Strategic Planning Committees and Pellegrin serves on the Community Engagement & Legislative and the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committees. They join the 14-member Board consisting of: Kurt Corbin, Chair, Dr. Daniel Belcher, Vice Chair, Dennis Nutting, Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. David Camacho, Jr., Katharyn Daub, Randy Kurohara, Mike Middlesworth, Joesph Skruch, Dr. John Uohara, Harry Yada, Gary Yoshiyama, Jennifer Leilani Zelko-Schlueter.


About the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i Health Systems Corporation

As the Big Island’s leading providers of inpatient and outpatient care, the East Hawai’i Region of Hawai’i 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 include 373 beds and over 1,300 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. The region has a network of 10 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 44,000 patients annually. Hale Ho′ola Hamakua and Ka′u Hospital are designated as Critical Access Hospitals.

The East Hawai’i 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: www.hilomedicalcenter.org, www.halehoolahamkua.org or www.kauhospital.org.