Kona Community Hospital Auxiliary

Kealakekua, Hawaii

HISTORY OF KONA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Our hospital has expanded considerably from the initial 52 bed wooden structure built in 1941.  Our old hospital now houses the Court House and the St. Francis Hemodialysis Center. We moved into our present hospital building in October 1975 and subsequent significant capital improvement projects included:

1992       Construction of an additional building adjoining the existing hospital provided space for Same Day Surgery, Recovery Room, and the Intensive Care Unit.

1999       The Obstetrics unit was renovated.

2000       The Administrative Services Building was erected opposite the Emergency Room and the main entrance to the hospital was redefined.

2001       Brought the opening of the Behavioral Health Services Unit.

The future for Kona Community Hospital includes Capital Improvement Projects such as construction of a Diagnostic and Imaging Services Center which will house all Radiology services including a new MRI services and Nuclear Medicine.  In addition, a study is currently being conducted for the West Hawaii Planned Medical Center (referred to as PMC 21) as our community is expected to continue to grow at a moderate rate and our health care services must keep pace.

 JCAHO and STATE and FEDERAL LAWS

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is the body that accredits hospitals nation-wide.  Kona Community Hospital is accredited and has adopted the JCAHO standards as the minimum level of acceptable performance.

Approximately every three (3) years, a JCAHO survey will be conducted (next survey is Sept. 2005) to determine if the quality of care being provided meets the accreditation requirements.  This survey consists of review, inspection and questions.  It is therefore important that all personnel, including volunteers, understand our hospital's safety program, policies and procedures that impact the quality of care provided.

Kona Community Hospital is also required to meet all State and Federal Laws in order to retain its license to operate as a hospital.  On an annual basis, a survey will be conducted by the Hospital & Medical Facilities Branch, Medicare Section to determine if the hospital is compliant.  These survey results are available for inspection by the public.

It is critically important that all individuals complete their initial medical suitability exam (two step TB) and attend the new hire orientation prior to being assigned to work in a patient care area within the hospital.  On an annual basis, volunteers are required to complete an annual TB test and the annual Health Safety In Service.