After holding a successful summer health fair in Kapa`au last month, Hamakua-Kohala Health (HKH) is celebrating the award of a significant grant from HMSA. The HMSA Foundation has awarded the Center a the grant to fund the position of Patient Care Coordinator (PCC).
“The PCC is an essential function of primary health care,” said Irene Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer. “They provide a bridge across multiple systems, such as schools, health care providers, etc., and also coordinate appointments, referral forms, transportation, and more.”
“The Patient Care Coordinator also communicates effectively with providers, patients and families across the health system, and among the multiple technical systems,” said Carpenter. “This proactive holistic approach has been shown to result in healthier patients and families.”
Hamakua-Kohala Health was formed to povide “primary care that is accessible, affordable, continuous, comprehensive, family centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally sensitive.” In addition, the Center assists with support services, including the Amazing Tooth Bus, and offers sliding fee scales to help provide services for low-income and uninsured patients. The 340B program provides discounted medication to patients that qualify. For more information, please visit www.HamakuaHealth.org, or call 808-775-7204.