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KCH Receives Grant Towards Telemetry System

September 12, 2015, 9:19 AM HST
* Updated September 12, 9:21 AM
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Funding for a new cardiac telemetry system at Kona Community Hospital has come through a grant from Hawai’i Electric Light Company.

The Kona Hospital Foundation received the $10,000 grant to replace KCH’s current telemetry system, which will be outdated next year. With the new system, a Phillips IntelliVue Cardiac System, the hospital will have the ability to monitor 15 cardiac patients at a time.

“We’re very grateful to Hawai’i Electric Light for this generous grant,” said foundation Chairman Jack Bunnell. “The success of a community is measured by how we care for one another, and having modern, comprehensive medical equipment and technology available at Kona Community Hospital is one way to achieve that.”

A telemetry system is a continuously electronic patient monitoring system, which is used to monitor heart rate, heart rhythm, breathing, and other vitals at a patient’s bedside and at a remote location, like a nursing station.

According to KCH officials, the cardiac telemetry monitoring system is used for patient care on a daily basis at both the hospital’s Medical and Surgical Department, as well as the Intensive Care Unit.

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“Hawai’i Electric Light is please to support the Kona Hospital Foundation in its efforts to provide the West Hawai’i community with excellent healthcare,” said Jay Ignacio, Hawai’i Electric Light president.

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