KAHULUI - Hale Makua Health Services (HMHS) recently received a $25,000 donation from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation. The funds will be used to procure and implement an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system.
According to HMHS, this gift will help improve overall quality of patient care by allowing the organization to more efficiently document patient information and provide convenient online access to primary care physicians and other healthcare providers.
First Hawaiian Bank Foundation President Sharon Brown said, "First Hawaiian Bank is a long-time supporter of Hale Makua Health Services and deeply cares about the organization's mission to improve the health and well-being of elders in the community. We are pleased that this donation will help Hale Makua improve the continuity of care on Maui."
First Hawaiian Bank Senior Vice President and Maui Regional Manager Brian Kakihara (left) presents the check to Hale Makua Health Services CEO Tony Krieg.
HMHS CEO Tony Krieg stated, "We are very grateful for First Hawaiian Bank's continued commitment and support of Hale Makua Health Services and our efforts to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of individuals on Maui. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federally mandating Electronic Health Records (EHR) for hospitals and private physician practices by 2014, these funds are much needed. Unfortunately for our organization, Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals; however, nursing homes and home health care agencies such as ours are not eligible."
Hale Makua Health Services is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1946 to provide a home for elders who had no one to care for them or means to pay for care. It is the only Eden Alternative-registered home in the State of Hawaii. For more information, visit www.HaleMakua.org.