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Hawaiʻi Island Family Health Center Opens

Posted on | November 6, 2009 | Comments Off

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Kahu Kimo Awai blesses the health center in Hilo.

Kahu Kimo Awai blesses the health center in Hilo.

The Hawaiʻi Island Family Health Center, a collaboration between Mānoa, Hilo and the community celebrated its opening Oct. 24. The center is the culmination of several years of effort by island residents and federal, state and local governments to address a critical shortage in health professionals available to the Big Island’s citizens.

The clinic is staffed by a unique combination of doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists. They include faculty from the Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine and School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, the Hilo Baccalaureate Nursing Program and College of Pharmacy. Mānoa Site Director Lucy Bucci leads a staff of two physicians, a nurse practitioner and a pharmacist. They already are seeing about 40 patients a day.

“Specialists tend to train separately,” says Jerris Hedges, JABSOM dean. “This is an opportunity to bring people together while they are training, have them work in an interdisciplinary clinic and build their medical knowledge and patient management abilities while using the skills of each profession to boost their education.”

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