Over the last two years, Hawaii Island’s survival rate for people experiencing cardiac arrest in front of bystanders went from 4 percent to 6.8 percent. The jump appears to be the result of efforts by the Hawaii Fire Department to train people in important life-saving techniques including performing chest compressions and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), according to Chris Honda, captain of the department’s Emergency Medical Services Bureau. The Hilo Medical Center Foundation, in conjunction with partners including the fire department, the County of Hawaii, Hilo Medical Center, KTA Super Stores, the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and more, will officially kick off on Feb. 24 the “Be a Lifesaver Hawaii” campaign.
For the little ones; Hilo hospital to improve obstetrics and pediatric units
As the number of newborns on Hawaii Island continues to grow, Hilo Medical Center is looking to spruce up its obstetrics and pediatric units with a new look and new equipment.
The Hilo Medical Center Foundation will kick off a new fundraising campaign Thursday that organizers hope will help cover about $407,000 in renovations. The campaign will go through the end of April, said the foundation’s executive director, Lisa Rantz.
“Hilo is growing, and we want people to have a good experience when they’re in the hospital,” she said Monday.
HMC is handling an average of about 100 newborns a month, she said, and by the end of the current fiscal year could possibly surpass 1,200 deliveries in a single year. And with that increased use of the facilities, the hospital wants to upgrade its patient experience.
“We have great nurses and great doctors taking care of our patients, but we want the look and the facility to reflect the great care they’re getting. We want the best equipment. We’ve been adding state-of-the-art equipment like CT scanners and MRI machines, and now we want to do this,” Rantz said.