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The Kona Hospital Foundation received the $10,000 grant to replace KCH’s current telemetry system, which will be outdated next year.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.


“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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