Foundation Projects

Through the efforts of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation and the community, a number of major projects have been undertaken to enhance healthcare at the Hilo Medical Center and in the community.

Highlights of these accomplishments include:

The renovation of the Hilo Medical Center River Cottage to be used by rotating medical students and residents – Initiated 2010
View River Cottage Project

Board member June Kunimoto and Honorary Board member Dr. Hoon Park stand outside the hospital’s River Cottage.

The purchase of a new handicap-accessible van for the Long Term Care patients – Completed 2011

Donated 1000 heart-shaped stress balls for children seen in Hilo Medical Center’s Emergency Room – Completed 2010

Supported Hilo Medical Center’s lobby renovation – Completed 2010

Raised over $300,000 to help start the Rural Residency Program after Governor withheld funding – Ongoing; we continue to accept donations to support this worthy endeavor.

Renovated & expanded Hilo Medical Center’s Emergency Room Completed 2008

Raised funds to build the Yukio Okutsu Veteran’s Home (The first and only Veteran’s Home in the State of Hawaii) – Completed 2007

New phototherapy lights for Hilo Medical Center for newborns diagnosed with jaundice – Completed 2006

Refurbished Hilo Medical Center nursery waiting area – Completed 2005

Demolition of the old Hilo Hospital – Completed 2004

Refurbished Hilo Medical Center library – Completed 2003

Renovated Hilo Medical Center physician lounge – Completed 1999