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North Hawai‘i Community Hospital Receives Grant to Support 24th Annual Senior Health Fair

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) has received a $5,000 grant from the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to support its 24th Annual North Hawai‘i Senior Health Fair. Ken Wood, President and CEO of North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, said the funds will be used to support this community outreach event.

A patient has his blood pressure checked at the North Hawaii Community Hospital

“With this grant, our hospital is able to continue this annual outreach event in our community, which is often the only time seniors in our community have the opportunity to receive health screenings by physicians, registered nurses and other medical professionals,” said Wood. “This event provides complimentary health screenings and wellness education to nearly 350 seniors in North Hawai‘i and helps to fulfill the hospital’s mission ‘to improve the health status of the people of North Hawaii by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost.’”

Complimentary health screenings offered at this event include: cholesterol, glucose, oral screenings, hearing tests, stroke risk assessments, skin checks, eye screenings, holistic care services, foot screenings, blood pressure, blood tests by Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i and more. Health education will also be available to North Hawai‘i seniors by the following vendors: Tutu’s House, Hawai‘i Fire Department, American Cancer Society, Chiropractor, North Hawai‘i Hospice, Kohala Home Health Care, Clinical Laboratories of Hawai‘i, Diabetes Wellness Center, Foodland, Legal Shield and more.

NHCH’s 24th Annual Senior Health Fair, normally held in November, has moved to Sunday, May 20th, 2012 to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This event is held at North Hawaii Community Hospital and registration is open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with lunch, bingo and prizes to follow. For more information, please contact Laurie Edmondson by calling 808-881-4425.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 29-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Hawai‘i Community Foundation Background: Established in 1916, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a statewide, charitable services and grantmaking institution endowed with contributions from many donors. Hawai‘i Community Foundation is a steward of more than 500 donor funds, including more than 150 scholarship funds, and distributes charitable funds to Hawai‘i’s nonprofit organizations through a variety of programs. Hawai‘i Community Foundation also serves as a resource on philanthropy and community investing.

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