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Activation Teams for Trauma, Heart Attack and Stroke

Since 2011, Hilo Medical Center has instituted activation teams as a “best practice” approach in the way we care for trauma, heart attack and stroke patients. This best practice originated out of the Hilo Medical Center’s Trauma Program.

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We're Tobacco-Free!

In observance of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, May 31, the Tobacco-Free Coalition of East Hawaii presented recognition plaques to Howard Ainsley, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation and Hilo Medical Center; Merilyn Harris, Administrator of Kau Hospital; and Therese Glowania, Personnel Management Specialist at Hale Ho’ola Hamakua for the hospitals’ tobacco-free policy – effective May 1.

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Hospital Foundation Working to Improve Community Health

On February 22, the Hilo Medical Center Foundation hosted a breakfast gathering at the River Cottage to update community physicians on the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program (HHSC PCTP), formerly known as the Hilo Residency Program.

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What’s New for Our Electronic Medical Records

Since May 2010, the staff at Hilo Medical Center has worked tirelessly to establish and implement our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system – known as HealthConnect. We are navigating our way through the eight stages of guidelines established by the Federal government.

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Welcome to Hilo Medical Center

Aloha East Hawaii Community, Visitors and Patients, Welcome to Hilo Medical Center’s website. Please take a moment to navigate through this site to learn about our latest advances in the quality of patient care and customer service. Here, our patients will learn how to prepare and what to expect for a hospital stay, outpatient procedure or a visit to any one of our clinics. We want our visitors to know how to get around the hospital to see their loved ones or know where to take a break to get a bite to eat. 

In an effort to keep you informed, I would like to provide an update on our preparedness efforts for the approaching tropical storm, lava flow, and the Ebola virus.   

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Mouhamed Kannass, MD

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HMC Awarded for Heart Failure Care

The American Heart Association awarded Hilo Medical Center with the Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award.  According to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology, the recognition signifies that HMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients. 

Following these treatment guidelines can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives, and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.  Heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital.  Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health including lifestyle modification and follow-up care. 

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.6 million people suffer from heart failure, however, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices, and with healthy lifestyle changes.  For information about how to improve your health, go to the American Heart Association’s website where you will find valuable information on nutrition, exercise, weight management, reducing stress, and much more.

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