Thanks to the investment of State Capital Improvement funds, Ka’u Hospital has undergone a number of renovations over the past few years.
Community engagement is our biggest strength and greatest inspiration. Our community’s volunteerism and financial support have been remarkable over the years...
Hilo Medical Center, the first state hospital in Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to implement an EMR in May 2010, has completed all 7 stages of HIMSS Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model in 2014. Achieving this milestone puts the East Hawaii Region of HHSC among the elite few hospital groups in the United States to have accomplished the highest level and final stage of EMR adoption.
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Ka’u Hospital was built in 1971 replacing the last of this island’s sugar plantation hospitals. While many changes have occurred since then, our hospital continues to be the only inpatient medical facility in the district of Ka’u. We have also grown to be one of the largest employers in the area contributing $6.7 million dollars to the local economy each year.
In 2001, Ka’u Hospital was certified as a critical access hospital – a federal designation given to small hospitals that provide essential emergency and acute care services in remote areas. In 2003, we…
Ka’u Hospital has partnered with Hawaii Community College (HCC) and the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center to provide a licensed practical nurse training program for students who live in the Ka'u area.
A good portion of the classroom learning takes place at the Ka'u Rural Health Education and Distance Learning Center, headed by Aunty Jessie Marques. The center's location in the heart of Pahala makes LPN training attainable for potential students from the area. Training close to home also avoids the obstacles of having to travel over 50 miles to HCC in Hilo in light of very limited public transportation from Pahala.
The clinical rotations will include Ka’u Hospital, Hilo Medical Center and Life care center of Hilo. With a similar partnership five years ago, a CNA training program was launched…
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