In 2011 and, again in 2014, Hilo Medical Center was certified by the State Department of Health as a Level III Trauma Center. Our hospital meets high standards in the care of trauma patients involved in serious injuries and accidents.
Trauma Program standards include having a Trauma Activation Team, consisting of health care professionals (nurses, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists, laboratory technicians, surgeons and Emergency Department staff) who are available to respond to the Emergency Department to care for trauma patients immediately and care for them throughout their hospital stay. Since 2010, we have had over 1,000 Trauma Activations and cared for over 1,600 trauma patients.
A key component of our trauma program is dedicated to preventing further injuries. We participate in many community events and health fairs to offer prevention information on a wide variety of areas such as: alcohol and drug use prevention; helmet and bike safety; distracted driving prevention; and fall prevention.
100 Deadliest Days of Summer for Teens Campaign
Traditionally, between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Hawaii Island Trauma Centers at Hilo Medical Center, Kona Community Hospital and North Hawaii Community Hospital have teamed up to launch the 100 Days Campaign to break the tradition and raise awareness with teens and their families about the dangers of texting while driving. The following ads are running:
- 100 Days — Shattered Cell Phone
- 100 Days — $300 Ticket for Texting while Driving
- 100 Days — Eating while Driving Is Distracted Driving
On radio stations island-wide:
- 100 Days — A Father‘s Pledge to Stop Texting while Driving
- 100 Days — Teens Getting a $300 Ticket for Texting while Driving
Every holiday season, we run trauma prevention and holiday safety ads on the radio. Listen to this year’s ads that will run on Native FM, The WAVE and KOA Country.
- Halloween Safety Reminder Ad featuring Aloha Rocha, RN from the Progressive Care Unit and her children
- General Halloween Safety Ad Mentioning HMC’s Trauma Program and Safety Tips
- A Busy Time of Year and Distracted Driving Prevention Ad featuring Trauma Program Coordinator Louise Fincher, RN, MSN, CCRN and her daughter.
- Have a Safe and Happy Holidays from Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO
- Be Safe during the holidays and every day. Our Families Will Thank You for It! from Maricel Kunimoto, RN, Clinical Coordinator from the Operating Room.
- Family Time and Designated Driver Ad featuring Jarett Morales, RN, Clinical Coordinator from the Laulima Unit and his children