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“New Transport Van for Hilo Medical Center Patients”

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation hands over the keys of a brand new 14 passenger ADA compliant van to HMC.

Hilo, Hawaii August 4, 2014…Patients at Hilo Medical Center will enjoy a ride in the new handy lift van that will transport them to dental, ophthalmologist, and other special appointments around Hilo. Hilo Medical Center Foundation president Julie Tulang presented the keys to the new… Continue reading

Welcome! First Residents of Primary Care Training Program

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program!  Pictured from left to right:  Hamed Ahmadinia, MD, HMCF Executive Director Lori Rogers, HMCF Trustee Representative Clifton Tsuji and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD.

The Hilo Medical Center Foundation and Hilo Medical Center welcome first residents of Hawaii Health System Corporation Primary Care Training Program! Family Medicine Residents Hamed Ahmadinia, MD and Ka’ohimanu Akiona, MD were welcomed with a reception on June 27th at the Hospital’s River Cottage. Hilo… Continue reading

Urgent: Write to Your Delegates for Support

Dear Community Members, We need you to email or write a letter to the Delegates listed below by sharing any personal story related to the need for a primary doctor for your family, friends, or employees. Please voice your support for full funding of $2.8 million for the… Continue reading

Hilo Medical Center Foundation Supports the Hilo Medical Center Success on Three -Year Accredited by the Joint Commission


Hilo Medical Center Hospital (HMC) has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The 3-year accreditation award recognizes HMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s… Continue reading

Talk Story Session with Sen. Brian Schatz on Rural Healthcare and Physician Shortage

From Left to Right: Five prospective physicians for Residency Training Program, Dr. Kristine McCoy-Director of the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program, Howard Ainsley-Chief Executive Officer of the Hilo Medical Center Hospital, Brian Schatz-United States Senator, and Lori Rogers-Executive Director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation.

On January 24, Hilo Medical Center hosted a talk story session for Senator Brian Schatz to receive input from healthcare providers in East Hawaii about rural healthcare and physician shortage. Chief Executive Officer of the Hilo Medical Center Hospital, Howard Ainsley and Director of the… Continue reading

Hilo Medical Center Foundation Gains Honorary Board Member


Dr. Richard Robbins has been nominated as an Honorary Board member of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation (HMCF) by the Board of Directors of the Foundation.  Lori Rogers, Executive Director, HMCF stated, “Dr. Robbins has provided valuable leadership and generous funding for many of the… Continue reading

BOH Monty Richards Community Award Received

Photo from Left to Right: Barry Taniguchi, owner KTA Super Stores, Lori Rogers, Executive Director-Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Art Taniguchi, Senior Vice President-Bank of Hawaii, Julie Tulang, President-Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Roberta Chu, Senior Vice President and Island Manager-Bank of Hawaii, Mr. Monty Richards benefactor of the Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award, and Donna Tanoue, Vice Chairman/Managing Committee-Bank of Hawaii

Medical Center Foundation (HMCF) President, Julie Tulang and Lori Rogers, Executive Director had the privilege of representing the HMCF and Adopt-a-room Project on Sept. 12 at Kahua Ranch for the BOH Monty Richards Community Award. Thank you to our wonderful Board member Mrs. June Kunimoto,… Continue reading

Rotary Club of Hilo supports the Residency Program with proceeds from first Brewfest


On June 1, 2013, the Rotary Club of Hilo hosted their first Brewfest on the grounds of the Wainaku Executive Center. The Brewfest offered samples of 20 different beers, both locally and from the mainland. Foundation Executive Director Lori Rogers volunteered as a beer pourer… Continue reading

Hilo Medical Center Foundation Dedicates Renovated Shower Room for Long Term Care

Long Term Care’s Shower Team

Hilo, Hawaii – With the cutting of a Maile lei and a blessing by Kahu Kimo Awai, members of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and hospital staff celebrated the completion of the Shower Room Renovation Project at the hospital’s 112-bed Long Term Care Facility on… Continue reading

4th annual Golf Tournament – Thank You!


The Hilo Medical Center Foundation would like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who helped make our 4th annual Golf Tournament a success through sponsorships. We would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Chair of the event, Marcella Stroh,… Continue reading