Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program Announces the Fifth Class of Residents

Hilo, Hawaii – Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) aims to train and retain primary care providers to relieve the severe shortage of primary care physicians and improve access to healthcare in Hawaii. HHSC is embarking on year five of its Primary Care Training Program (PCTP), an emerging model of success in Family Medicine Residency for Neighbor Island and rural communities throughout Hawaii.

On Friday, March 16, the National Resident Matching Program® matched Henry Cho, MD; Anna Maisu, MD; Antoinette Moore, MD; Deanne Higa, DO; Katelyn Steele, MD; and Alain Takane, MD with Hilo Medical Center’s Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program (HIFMR). These new physicians are scheduled to arrive in Hilo and begin their training this summer.

“We welcome the latest class of residents into our ohana,” said Dan Brinkman, East Hawaii Regional CEO of Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. “We look forward to providing these highly qualified physicians with an excellent training experience.”

“I’m really excited about the new class of residents,” said Dr. Mary K. Nordling, Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program Director. “As our residency program continues to mature, our residents and faculty are providing high quality healthcare to more and more people of East Hawaii.

“We appreciate everyone’s hard work and support for our residency program that is growing into a medical home for some of the most complex patients in rural Hawaii.”

This fifth class of residents joins: Will Chapple, MD, Tuy-Ngoc “Unity” Nguyen, MD; Gaku Yamaguchi, MD; Nataliya Holmes, MD; Vincent Giani, MD, Ashley Noelani Kong, Tereza Molfino, MD; Kapaakea Charles Puaa, MD; Devin Hazama, DO; Kallan Ross, MBChB; Mililani Trask-Batti, MD; and Warren Yamashita, MD. Last summer, the Hawaii Island Family Residency Program graduated its inaugural class of residents: Kaohimanu Dang Akiona, MD, Svetlana Shchedrina, MD and Seren Tokumura, MD.

The new resident physicians have been matched to our three-year training program and will train alongside with learners from The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, The University of Hawaii at Hilo’s School of Nursing, The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, and I Ola Lahui, a behavioral health training program specialized in rural communities. For more information on the HIFMR Program, go to: www.hifmr.org.

Anyone interested in becoming a patient at the Hawaii Island Family Health Center, the home clinic of the residency training program, may call (808) 932-4215 for an appointment.



About Hilo Medical Center

As the Big Island's leading provider of nationally recognized 4-star care, Hilo Medical Center (HMC) delivers a full range of services and programs. Our 20-acre campus consists of 192 beds located throughout the 157-bed acute hospital, 12-bed behavioral health unit and a 35-bed long-term care facility. We have over 1,100 employees and a medical staff comprised of 250 physicians, physician assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, representing 33 specialties. As a medical center, we have a network of nine outpatient clinics offering primary and specialty care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to nearly 50,000 patients annually. 

In 2017 for the second consecutive year in a row, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranked HMC 4 stars for Overall Hospital Quality, putting our hospital in the top 20% in the nation, among the top 5 hospitals in the state, and named HMC the only 4-star hospital on Hawaii Island. Also in 2016, our Intensive Care Unit was designated as a bronze level for Beacon Award of Excellence – only the second ICU in the state to receive this designation. HMC received the 2016 American Heart Association Gold Plus Award for heart failure. HMC has also been recognized for quality long term care by Providigm for Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement Accredited Facility and Embracing Quality Award for the Prevention of Hospital Readmissions. Our long term care met the requirements for the American Health Care Association's Three Tier Level Quality Initiative Recognition Program. HMC ranks in the top 2% of hospitals in country and best in the state of Hawaii for preventing Hospital Acquired Conditions, according to CMS in 2015. The hospital is also a recipient of the 2015 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and a past recipient of the Mountain Pacific Quality Health's Quality Achievement Award. HMC received the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in 2015 for demonstrating EMR utilization to improve quality of care and financial management.

We are 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.