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January 4, 2017

 

December 3, 2015

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives $25,000 grant from First Hawaiian Bank Foundation


Kealakekua, Hawaii – On December 3, the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation awarded the Kona Hospital Foundation a $25,000 grant to help fund a new cardiac telemetry system at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

A telemetry system is a continuously electronic patient monitoring system. This tremendously useful tool allows hospital personnel to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other vitals at the patient’s bedside, as well as a t a remote location like a nursing station.

“We’re very thankful for this generous grant, which aligns with First Hawaiian Bank Foundation’s commitment to building healthier communities,” said Judi Nakamaru, Kona Hospital Foundation Vice Chair. “It will help to improve the cardiac technology that is available at Kona Community Hospital.”

A Philips IntelliVue Cardiac System is on order to replace the hospital’s current telemetry system, which must be retired by June 2016. The new system will be installed in the first quarter of 2016. It will increase the hospital’s cardiac monitoring capabilities from 12 to 15 patients.

The cardiac telemetry monitoring system is used daily to monitor patients in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical (Med/Surg) Department as well as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“First Hawaiian’s continued long-standing support for Kona Hospital is part of our commitment to ensuring quality health services for the Big Island community,” said Sharon Shiroma Brown, President, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation. “Kona Hospital’s new high-tech telemetry system will provide its patients peace of mind knowing that they are receiving the highest level of care.”

About Kona Hospital Foundation

The Kona Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1984 to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous projects believing that the people of West Hawai`i, both visitors and residents, deserve local access to a progressive hospital providing excellent healthcare.

About First Hawaiian Bank Foundation

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation is the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii’s oldest and largest financial institution. The Bank and its Foundation are the largest corporate contributor to charities in Hawaii, Guam and the CNMI, where the bank has operations. The Foundation provides support to non-profit organizations that address community needs in the areas of education, health and human services, and arts and culture.  Visit www.FHB.com to learn more.

November 12, 2015

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives $1,500 grant from First Insurance Company of Hawai`i

November 12, 2015 - Kealakekua, island of Hawai`‘i – Recently, The First Insurance Company of awarded the Kona Hospital Foundation a $1,500 grant to help fund a new cardiac telemetry system at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

A telemetry system is a continuously electronic patient monitoring system. This tremendously useful tool allows hospital personnel to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other vitals at the patient’s bedside, as well as at a remote location like a nursing station.

“We are so fortunate and thankful to have been chosen as a grant recipient by First Insurance Company of Hawai`i. Their generous support really does help make a difference in the lives of patients at our community hospital,” said Foundation Chairman, Jack Bunnell.

As the only hospital serving west Hawai‘i’s growing population, the cardiac telemetry monitoring system is used for patient care on a daily basis in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical (Med/Surg) Department as well as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A Philips IntelliVue Cardiac System will replace the hospital’s current telemetry system, which will become outdated in June 2016. The new system will give KCH the capacity to accommodate 15 patients at a time for cardiac monitoring, up from twelve.

About Kona Hospital Foundation

The Kona Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1984 to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous hospital projects believing that the people of West Hawai‘i, both visitors and residents, deserve local access to a progressive hospital providing excellent healthcare.

About First Insurance Company of Hawai`i

The oldest and largest insurance company headquartered in the state, First insurance company of Hawai`i, Ltd. (FICOH) has been serving the insurance needs of Hawai`i’s residents and businesses since 1911. Our company has an “A + (Superior)” rating from A.M. Best and Standard and Poor’s, with a Policyholders’ Surplus of more than $288 million as of December 31, 2014.


September 11, 2015

Judy Donovan
Marketing / Community Relations Kona Community Hospital
Phone: (808) 322-6960
Mobile: (808) 895-2088
Email: jdonovan@hhsc.org

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives $10,000 grant from Hawai‘i Electric Light Company

September 11, 2015 - Kealakekua, island of Hawai’i – On July 23, Hawai’i Electric Light Company awarded the Kona Hospital Foundation a $10,000 grant to help fund a new cardiac telemetry system at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

A telemetry system is a continuously electronic patient monitoring system. This tremendously useful tool allows hospital personnel to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing and other vitals at the patient’s bedside, as well as at a remote location like a nursing station.

“We’re very grateful to Hawai’i Electric Light for this generous grant,” said Foundation Chairman, Jack Bunnell. “The success of a community is measured by how we care for one another and having modern, comprehensive medical equipment and technology available at Kona Community Hospital is one way to achieve that.”

As the only hospital serving west Hawai’i’s growing population, the cardiac telemetry monitoring system is used for patient care on a daily basis in the hospital’s Medical/Surgical (Med/Surg) Department as well as the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

A Philips IntelliVue Cardiac System will replace the hospital’s current telemetry system, which will become outdated in June 2016. The new system will give KCH the capacity to accommodate 15 patients at a time for cardiac monitoring, up from twelve.

“Hawai’i Electric Light is pleased to support the Kona Hospital Foundation in its efforts to provide the West Hawai’i community with excellent healthcare,” said Jay Ignacio, Hawai’i Electric Light president.

About Kona Hospital Foundation

The Kona Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, was created in 1984 to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous hospital projects believing that the people of West Hawai’i, both visitors and residents, deserve local access to a progressive hospital providing excellent healthcare.

About Hawai‘i Electric Light Company

Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiaries, Hawai’i Electric Light and Maui Electric, serve the islands of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, and Moloka’i, home to 95 percent of the population of Hawai’i. Hawaiian Electric’s parent company is Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE: HE), which has been named one of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies 2015” by Forbes. In a changing world, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are taking the lead in adding renewable energy and developing energy solutions for their customers to achieve a clean energy future for Hawai’i. For more information, visit www.hawaiielectriclight.com.


March 10, 2014

Judy Donovan
Regional Director of Marketing
Kona Community Hospital
Phone: (808) 322-6960
Email: jdonovan@hhsc.orc


Hospital Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Benefits Cancer Center

March 10, 2015 - Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii – The Kona Hospital Foundation raised over $150,000 at its annual fundraiser for the benefit of the Kona Community Hospital Cancer Center. The funds raised are dedicated to the renovation and recentralization of the medical oncology cancer clinic and infusion center.

The 13th annual “Life, Health and Giving” gala benefit was held November 22nd, 2014 at the Four Seasons Resort. The Saturday evening event was emceed by Rich Mears, Kona Community Hospital nurse manager. The gala also featured music by the Big Island's own, Bill Noble Quartet and an excellent Four Seasons buffet dinner.

Architect’s rendition of the renovated Kona Community Hospital
medical oncology clinic and infusion center


The event featured a wide array of live and silent auction items. This year’s auction items included a number of artistic creations donated by hospital employees or their family members.

“I am once again humbled by the generosity of these contributors and the caliber of items they donate to our auction,” said Kona Hospital Foundation Chairman Jim Higgins. “We are so grateful to these wonderful people.”

The Gala’s keynote speakers provided the highlight of the evening. First, Kona Community Hospital Chief Nurse Executive, Pat Kalua, RN delivered a heartfelt preview of how the renovated medical oncology clinic and infusion center will be a warm and healing environment for patients. Next, Alice Daniel and Kathy Kuharski gave touching testimonials of their own experiences with cancer.
“We’re thankful for our donors, supporters and volunteers who made this event such a success,” said Jim Higgins. “Their generosity allows us to continue to support Kona Community Hospital for the health of our community.”

The Kona Hospital Foundation is dedicated to improving Kona Community Hospital for the entire community. Their mission is to fund medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities that would otherwise be unavailable. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous projects that have improved the hospital. Major endeavors include the Adopt-A-Room project, the Radiation Oncology Center, Imaging Center, Nuclear Medicine Suite, and Outpatient Chemotherapy Building.


June 29, 2014

Kona Hospital Foundation marks 30 years of service
By Erin Miller West Hawaii Today
emiller@westhawaiitoday.com

Jim Higgins can remember exactly why he stepped up his involvement with the Kona Hospital Foundation. It was a 3 a.m. phone call, one every parent dreads. His son had been in a bad car accident and had been taken to the emergency room.

“His life was saved by Dr. Peebles and the crew,” Higgins said.

At that point, Higgins told his wife he would devote his life to doing what he could to support the hospital. And he has,
helping the organization raise and donate more than $5 million for hospital projects.

“If you walk around the hospital, you cannot come across an area we don’t have our fingerprints in,” Higgins said.
Allen Wilcox, Dr. Garold Enloe, Fred Fujimoto and Richard Ishida established the foundation in June 1984, and this
year marks its 30th anniversary. Their mission was to provide a philanthropic, fundraising organization dedicated to
the endowment of medical equipment and technology to Kona Community Hospital, officials said in a written
statement issued this week.

Higgins said he remembered the early conversations when the four men were creating the foundation, and he
recalled originally helping as its investment adviser.

His first big project was 20 or 25 years ago, raising about $80,000 for improvements to the obstetrics department.
Higgins said people used to joke about giving birth in a barn when talking about deliveries at Kona Community Hospital.

Raising that much money “told us it can be done,” he said. “We’ve taken on bigger projects. Only the man upstairs
knows how many people’s lives have been saved.”

Getting people over their initial impression of the hospital — generally an unfavorable one, based on its appearance
— has been the biggest challenge to fundraising. But Higgins said he is often approached by someone who wanted
to say how much they valued the hospital after ending up there for treatment.

“All the money we raise goes to new equipment, technology” and other such needs, Higgins said. “None of it goes to
operating costs. There’s never enough money. The state has a lot of entities at the trough.”

Kona Community Hospital is part of Hawaii Health Systems Corp., a semipublic health system that gets financial
subsidies for the hospitals each year.

“It is a safety net system,” Higgins said. “Basically, when you’re having to cover more and more people, something’s
got to give.”

Higgins said it is inevitable that West Hawaii will eventually get a new hospital. The old one just can’t grow much more.

He said he remains in constant contact with CEO Jay Kreuzer about the hospital’s needs.

Major projects include the Radiation Oncology Center, the Imaging Center, Nuclear Medicine Suite and the
Outpatient Chemotherapy Building, as well as the Adopt A Room and Buy A Bed projects. Other completed projects
are the emergency helicopter landing area and the funding of medical equipment for various hospital departments
including the Cardiology Clinic, the Obstetrics Unit and the Surgical Services department.

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April 17, 2014

Hospital Foundation Receives Generous Donation for the Cancer Center at Kona Community Hospital

April 17, 2014 – Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii. On Thursday, April 17, The Kona Hospital Foundation celebrated a generous donation from the newly established Milton and Ursula Stolaroff Foundation. The donation totaling $250,000 will be administered over a five year period. The donation will be dedicated to The Cancer Center at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

Kona residents, Milton and Ursula Stolaroff established their new foundation with the mission of creating a long lasting impact on their community. The Stolaroff’s wanted to kick off their philanthropic activities with a donation that is both personal and meaningful to them. Mrs. Stolaroff has been a patient at the infusion center for over eight years, making the Cancer Center at KCH a natural fit for their vision.



Milton Stolaroff, Peggy Bowman Kona Community Hospital Infusion Center lead nurse
and Ursula H. Stolaroff

Peggy Bowman, RN, OCN, lead nurse at the hospital’s infusion center says of Mrs. Stolaroff, “She is a lovely woman…always very positive and caring. She sees that the infusion center is all about kindness and hope.”
The event was celebrated with the dedication of a plaque acknowledging the Stolaroff’s generosity. Mr. and Mrs. Stolaroff were joined by a small group of friends, Kona Hospital Foundation and hospital staff for the dedication and photos.

Jim Higgins, Kona Hospital Foundation chairman said, “We’re so thrilled that the Milton and Ursula Stolaroff Foundation chose the Cancer Center at KCH to be their first donation recipient. Their generosity will greatly enhance the level of care for cancer center patients. We’re very appreciative of Milton and Ursula’s sense of community.”


September 23, 2013

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives AED Donation for Mobile Medical Van

Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii. Kona Hospital Foundation was presented with a new automated external defibrillator (AED) by Physio Control on Thursday, September 19th at the Family Support Service Early Child Center in Kealakekua. The AED will be dedicated to the Kona Community Hospital medical van, which services Hawaii Island’s rural, medically underserved Ka`u District.

Jackie Murray accepts AED from Brian Webster,
Physio-Control President and CEO and his wife
Tracy Webster.

Associates from Physio-Control, a leading manufacturer of external defibrillators, monitors and emergency medical response products, were participating in community services while on Hawaii Island with their organization’s incentive group program. In addition to their community service, Physio-Control donated the AED, worth $7000 to the Kona Community Hospital medical van which has been operating in Pahala and Ocean View communities since January, 2013.

“We’re very pleased that Physio-Control thought about us. Ka`u is an area that needs to be served and is frequently overlooked,” said Jackie Murray, Nurse Practioner who provides services to the van’s patient population. She added, “The addition of the AED will greatly enhance the medical van’s resources to quickly respond to a sudden cardiac event.”


September 17, 2013

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award

Kealakekua, Island of Hawaii – The Kona Hospital Foundation was recently selected as one of three recipients of the 2013 Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award. The announcement was made at a presentation at Kahua Ranch on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Pictured left to right: Barry Taniguchi, Pres. & CEO KTA Super Stores, Art Taniguchi, Regional Manager Bank of Hawaii, Stephanie Kinsey, KHF Development Officer, Roberta Chu, Senior VP Bank of Hawaii, Reba Mae Silva, KHF Board of Trustees Treasurer, Monty Richards and Donna Tanoue, President Bank of Hawaii Foundation.

The $10,000 award received by the Foundation will fund the purchase of urologic equipment for the operating suites at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

The award was established in 2008 in honor of Herbert "Monty" Montague Richards, Jr., a former long-time Bank of Hawaii board member and innovative community leader. Selection criteria for awards include 1) how well an organization fulfills its mission; 2) the leadership demonstrated by the organization’s executive director and board; and 3) what steps the organization has in place to address one of the focus areas of community development, education and human services; and 4) how the organization plans to use the award.

The award funds will go toward the purchase of a nephroscope and a resectoscope for the KCH operating rooms. Kona Hospital Foundation Chairman Jim Higgins noted that, “The equipment will make it possible for the KCH surgical team to perform a broader range of urologic surgeries, requiring less off-island travel for certain urologic conditions.” He added that, “we are very grateful to be selected for the Bank of Hawaii Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Award.


August 9, 2013

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives $40,000 in grants from
American Savings Bank and Hawaii Electric Light Company

Kona Hospital Foundation recently received adouble grant totaling $40,000 from American Savings Bank (ASB) and Hawaiian Electric Company. The grants were targeted to fund the purchase of two baby warmers to enhancenewborn care at Kona Community Hospital (KCH).

On May 28, representatives from Hawaii Electric Light Company presented Kona Hospital Foundation board members with a $20,000 grant for the funding of a second baby warmer. “The Kona Community Hospital is a cornerstone of the West Hawaii community,” said Jay Ignacio, president of Hawaii Electric Light Company. “These high-quality warmers will enable hospital staff to provide exceptional healthcare in a comfortable, developmentally supportive environment for our newest keiki.”

Members of Kona Community Hospital administration also attended the May presentation. Sally Robertson, Director of Women’s Services at KCH demonstrated one of the baby warmers, which are used for each newborn delivery. “The baby warmers allow us to optimize perinatal care for our precious newborns,” she said as she pointed out numerous features intended to provide easier assessment and examination and a higher level of care.

At the June 22 grand opening of the new American Savings Bank Kailua-Kona branch, CEO and President, Rich Wacker presented a $20,000 grant to members of the Kona Hospital Foundation board of trustees. Referring to their familiar kalo leaf logo, Wacker noted that American Savings Bank is rooted in community and family. “That commitment makes the gift of a baby warmer a valuable investment in our community,” said Wacker.

“American Savings Bank and Hawaii Electric Light Company share common values which promote commitment to community and family. Their generous grants, which provided funds for baby warmers, reflect those values,” said Jim Higgins, Kona Hospital Foundation chairman. “We’re very appreciative of the support and commitment of these dedicated corporate sponsors.”

The Kona Hospital Foundation - anonprofit corporation, was created in 1984 to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona
Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous hospital projects believing that the people of West Hawaii, both visitors and residents, deserve local access to a progressive hospital providing excellent healthcare.

American Savings Bank - Serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities for more than 85 years, provides a full range of financial products and services, including commercial banking, consumer banking, insurance and investments. For more information, visit www.asbhawaii.com

Hawaii Electric Light Company - From its beginnings with a single hydroelectric generator in 1894, has a tradition of utilizing the renewable energy resources of Hawaii Island for the benefit of its community. We have grown to become a world leader in the integration of renewable energy and are committed to providing a secure, clean energy future for Hawaii. For more information, visit www.hawaiielectriclight.com.


January 25, 2013

Kona Hospital Foundation Receives Donation from
Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

Christain Tremaine presents donation to Stephanie Kinsey of the Kona Hospital Foundation, Jay Kreuzer KCH CEO and Sally Robertson OB department manger.

On Friday, January 25, 2013, the Kona Hospital Foundation received a generous donation from the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. The donation check in the amount of $1000 was presented by Christian Tremaine, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus shortly after his birth at Kona Community Hospital (KCH), and will be earmarked for the hospital’s obstetrics department.

Christain’s mother, Shaurell Tremain says that he was born prematurely at 6 months and weighed less than three pounds. He was transferred quickly from KCH to Kapi’olani Medical Center for Woman and Children (KMCWC) where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a lifelong condition that causes fluid to accumulate on the brain.

Shaula Tualaulelei is Christian’s aunt and Hawaii State Chapter Director for the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation. Her multi-pronged goal is to raise awareness about hydrocephalus and to nurture, “Hand in hand partnerships for the future of our keiki in Hawaii.”

Tualaulelei championed for the funds from the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation to be donated for use by KCH’s OB department for its annual Neonatal Resuscitation Team (NRT) training at Kapi’olani. “Having this level of neonatal training is so important for babies in our community who are like my nephew,” said Tualaulelei.

Kona Community Hospital obstetrics department is the only neighbor island hospital to have 24/7 Neonatal Resuscitation Teams (NRT). Prerequisites for NRT include certification in NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) and S.T.A.B.L.E. (sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support), a national course that focuses on stabilizing a sick baby. Nurses then spend 40 hours of training at in the KMCWC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, followed by 2-day neonatal intubation training with Kapi’olani’s pediatric anesthesia department. Training is on-going annually.

The Kona Hospital Foundation’s mission is to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous projects that have improved the hospital. Major endeavors include the Radiation Oncology Center, Imaging Center, Nuclear Medicine Suite, and Outpatient Chemotherapy Building.

For additional information on the Kona Hospital Foundation, please call 322-4587.

For information about the Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, www.hydrocephaluskids.org or contact Shaula Tualaulelei at shaula@hydrocephaluskids.org.

 


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