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Hawai’i Fire Department’s 13th Annual EMS Run To Be Held In Hilo

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Hawai’i Fire Department is sponsoring their 13th annual EMS Family Fun Run/Walk, Keiki Fun Run, and Health Fair on Saturday, August 3, 2013. The event will take place at Lili’uokalani Park in Hilo, and the public is invited to participate.
EMS Run
The 5K Family Fun Run and 2-Mile Walk begins and ends at Lili’uokalani Park. Both events will begin at 8:30 a.m. A Keiki Fun Run, a non-competitive event for children ages 3 to 10, will be held within Liliuokalani Park following the 5K run.
Applications may be downloaded, obtained at the Spencer Health and Fitness Center, the Fire Administration office located at the County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2501, in Hilo, at any district fire station, or by calling 932-2900 during normal business hours. The entrance fee is $20 for adults, and $10 for youth, students & seniors (60+).
Awards will be presented following the completion of the event. All participants will also become eligible to receive random drawing prizes which have been provided by our generous sponsors.
The family fun run/walk will also kick off various events and displays that will continue throughout the day. The American Heart Association (blood pressure screening), Ululani Pharmacy (blood sugar/cholesterol screening), Big Island Asthma Coalition-East Hawai’i (asthma awareness and education), Hospice of Hilo, Tri Fit (personal fitness assessment administered by Kea’au High School students), and the County of Hawai’i Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Keiki ID) are among the agencies that will provide their services to the public.
The Hawai’i Island branch office of the American Cancer Society will have volunteers and staff on hand to assist with the event as well as to provide information about their services.
One of the beneficiaries of the EMS Run will be the Greg Cameron Fireman’s Fund, a non-profit fund that will be used to help firefighter’s families that need help while fighting hardship and disease.
EMS Week, which is celebrated nationwide, will bring together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety, and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical “front line.” The celebration of EMS Week underscores the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS personnel who provide an essential community service every day. The Emergency Medical Services Week coordinators are Battalion Chief Lance Uchida (Emergency Medical Services Bureau, telephone 961-8319) and Battalion Chief Jerry Lum (telephone 961-8348). The fun run/walk race director is EMS Captain Jesse Ebersole.
The County of Hawai’i’s Emergency Medical Services Division provides 24-hour quality pre-hospital emergency medical care and services to the residents and visitors on Hawai’i. Last year, EMS responded to 15,310 calls for assistance island wide. To learn more about your local EMS Bureau, please call 961-8319.

 

American Cancer Society Announces 100th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser

The American Cancer Society – Hawai’i Island announced today that it will hold “Hope Gala – Hawaii” on March 30, 2013, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Kohala Coast, in celebration of the organization’s 100th birthday. The event will raise funds to save more lives through local patient programs and services, cutting-edge research, education and advocacy.

Hope Gala

“We all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer,” said Maile Lincoln-Carvalho, Community Manager of Income Development, ACS-Hawaii Island. “We also know how much courage, strength and determination it takes to deal with this disease. Hope Gala – Hawaii celebrates not only our century-long fight to cure cancer but the indomitable spirit of those who have struggled to survive it.”

Hope Gala – Hawaii is planned as a “Hawaii-elegant” evening of dining, entertainment, a silent and live auction, fun-filled mystery gift boxes and recognition of special donors and sponsors who support local patient programs and services on Hawaii Island. Most importantly, however, it will honor the lives of survivors and the memory of those who have succumbed to the disease.

Starting February 15, individual tickets ($100 per person) and reserved tables for 10 ($1,250) may be purchased by calling the ACS-Hawaii Office at 808-935-0025. Individual and corporate sponsorships and auction items are welcomed.

For more information about the event or sponsorship details, please contact Maile Lincoln-Carvalho at 808-895-3168 or at maile.carvalho@cancer.org.

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) Announces a New Breast Health Program

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) announces a new Breast Health Program to offer patients access to the latest cutting-edge technology, a more comfortable experience, faster image analysis and on-going support, in coordination with Hawaii’s new mammography self-referral law, which takes effect on July 1st, 2012.

NHCH’s Imaging Department recently upgraded from analog technology to a state-of-the-art digital mammography machine called MAMMOMAT Inspiration by Siemens. “This new machine is absolutely the best mammography equipment available, and we are all really excited to offer this to our patients,” says Dr. George Ainge, Medical Director of Imaging at NHCH. The hospital’s new digital mammography machine provides technologists the ability to review the images in real time to determine image quality, providing more information for diagnosis. “Our new digital mammography machine also features intelligent breast compression technology, which offers patients a more comfortable exam experience with a shorter exam time and one-third less exposure to x-rays,” says Dr. Ainge.

According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in women. Early detection is key in treating breast cancer, and annual mammography can help detect breast tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

A new Hawai‘i state law will take effect July 1st, 2012, allowing women over the age of 40, for the first time ever, the right and ability to choose when, where and with whom they’d like to schedule their annual breast-screening exam, without a referral from their primary care physician. “The timing of Hawaii’s new self-referral state law and our new Breast Health Program could not be more perfect,” said Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH. We are proud to give women in our community the opportunity to engage in their own healthcare and not be hindered by an old referral process.” Prior to July 1, women in Hawaii had to get a referral from a physician or be given permission from their healthcare provider to schedule and receive an annual exam.

NHCH’s new Breast Health Program offers patients more than just upgraded state-of-the-art technology. “We revamped our breast health program by incorporating multiple upgrades and process improvements by creating a more patient centered model of care which supports patients throughout the entire mammography process from start to finish,” says Lorrie Mortensen, NHCH Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Mammography results are now produced much more quickly, helping to decrease patient anxiety. “Mammography results that used to take days or weeks are now available in a fraction of that time,” says Mortensen.

In addition, should an abnormality be discovered during a patient’s screening mammography, NHCH radiologists are now able to expedite any additional testing and, if necessary, perform a minimally-invasive biopsy to establish a diagnosis. Previously, a patient needing additional testing was referred to Hilo or off island. “Our new Breast Health Program is designed to minimize anxiety by providing rapid and accurate diagnosis close to home,” says Dr. Ainge. When additional follow-up is required, NHCH’s new Breast Health Program will support patients by arranging referrals to Hawai‘i Island healthcare providers. “In addition, we now have the technology, processes and relationships in place which allow us to consult rapidly with women’s health specialists in Oahu, making quick and effective diagnosis and treatment a reality, despite our rural location,” says Mortensen.

New technologies at NHCH and Hawaii’s new state law are major, positive developments in the fight against breast cancer. To take advantage of Hawaii’s new self-referral process and NHCH’s new digital mammography technology, please call NHCH’s Imaging Department at 881-4882 to schedule your annual mammogram.

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Hawaii and the Great American Smokeout

Throughout November, community organizations throughout Hawaii will be hosting events to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s 36th annual Great American Smokeout, which takes place November 17, 2011. The Great American Smokeout is an annual nationwide event created by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to use November 17 as the day to quit smoking or to make a plan to quit smoking.

 

For those interested in quitting tobacco, there is free help available. The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), is a free and confidential telephone service for Hawaii tobacco users who want to quit. Available statewide, the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline provides people who are ready to quit with free nicotine gum or patches as well as free coaching. It also provides referrals to other community cessation services and information to family and friends and health care providers who are interested in helping others quit tobacco.

For more details on the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline and contact information for other cessation programs, access to an interactive quiz to test if you’re addicted to nicotine, or to calculate how much money you can save from quitting tobacco, visit www.clearthesmoke.org. You can also follow Clear the Smoke on Twitter @clearthesmoke or Facebook at www.facebook.com/clearthesmoke.

A list of Hawaii’s smoke-free events statewide include:

WEST HAWAII ISLAND
Thursday, November 17: West Hawaii Tobacco-Free Coalition will be commemorating the Great American Smokeout with an exhibit table at a free Luncheon and Community Fair for the homeless, a celebration in recognition of the Hawaii County’s 2011 Hunger & Homeless Awareness Month. The event is sponsored by HOPE Services Hawaii, Inc., Family Support Hawaii, and Community Alliance Partners – Hawaii County and will take place on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Kona Airport, Makaeo Pavilion. For more information, contact Josephine Ibarra, HOPE Services Hawaii’s West Hawaii Community Relations Director, at (808) 933-6041 or jibarra@hopeserviceshawaii.org.
Old Kona Airport – Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

EAST HAWAII ISLAND
Thursday, November 17:  American Cancer Society – East Hawaii Branch will be hosting a Turkey Trot Great American Smokeout event at Waiakea Intermediate School during lunch recess from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students can participate in a mini-fun run and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii – East Hawaii Coalition will conduct a spin game and Tobacco-Free Me Pledge. For more information, contact Vanessa Carlson, Waiakea Intermediate School’s Student Activities Club Advisor, at (808) 981-7231.
Waiakea Intermediate School – 200 West Puainako Street, Hilo, HI  96720

OAHU
Thursday, November 17:  University Health Services-Manoa Health Promotion Office will be hosting the American Cancer Society‘s Great American Smokeout health fair. The fair’s theme is “Clean Air, Clean Aina.” The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Campus Center Mall and will feature interactive games, displays, free giveaways and prizes. Other participating organizations include Hawaii Tobacco Quitline, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, University of Hawaii School of Dental Hygiene, American Heart Association, Waikiki Health Center, Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry and Blood Bank of Hawaii. For more information, contact Lisa Kehl or Kristen Scholly at (808) 956-8060.
University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Campus Center – 2465 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI  96822

MAUI
Saturday, November 19: The Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Maui will be hosting a Great American Smokeout event at the Maui Mall. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be food, entertainment, and great family fun.

Grade level division winners and the overall winner of the “Smoke-Free Cars = Healthy Kids & Ohana” art contest will also be recognized at the event. The contest was open to all Maui County students in grades six to eight to help build awareness that secondhand smoke in cars is harmful to everyone’s health, especially those who are ages 17 and younger.

For more information, contact Sonya Niess, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Maui Coordinator, at (808) 575-7602 or sonya@tobaccofreehawaii.org.
Maui Mall – 70 East Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI  96732

KAUAI
Thursday, November 17: American Cancer Society, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Kauai Veterans Clinic, and Hoola Lahui are joining forces for the Great American Smokeout “Holo Holo.” This initiative is a mobile unit that will be deployed at several Garden Isle beach parks (formally Pine Tree Inn, Hanamaulu & Kapaa) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to distribute Quit kits and provide on-the-spot cessation advice to beachgoers. For more information, contact Susan Oshiro-Taogoshi at American Cancer Society’s Kauai office at (808) 246-0695.