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‘Heart of Champions’ golf tourney benefits cardiac care


The Kona Hospital Foundation is holding its 11th annual golf tournament on Aug. 19 at the Kona Country Club.

This year’s theme is “Heart of Champions.” Proceeds will benefit the newly opened cardiology clinic at Kona Community Hospital.

The Foundation’s current campaign will provide new and upgraded cardiology equipment, ensuring that cardiac patients have access to on-island state-of-the-art care and treatment.

The cardiology clinic was recently opened at Kona Community Hospital (KCH) in partnership with Maui Heart and Vascular at Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC).

The presence a locally based cardiology clinic provides wide-ranging diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The collaboration between KCH and Maui Heart and Vascular brings a high caliber of experience and care to the West Hawaii community.

“Hawaii County has the highest coronary heart disease death rates in our state. We are fortunate to have a Foundation that is dedicated to providing much needed cardiology equipment which will help to improve cardiac outcomes for our community. Their commitment is appreciated,” commented Jay Kreuzer, CEO of Kona Community Hospital. “We also would like to express our sincere gratitude to those who have generously contributed to the Foundation.”

This year, the popular golf tournament is being held at the Kona Country Club’s ocean course. Golfers from across the state and the mainland will play for serious prizes and bragging rights. The event will conclude with a lunch and awards ceremony catered by the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. Check in time is 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The Kona Hospital Foundation’s mission is to accept gifts and solicit donations for new medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities for Kona Community Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $5 million toward numerous projects that have improved the hospital.

Major endeavors include the Radiation Oncology Center, Imaging Center, Nuclear Medicine Suite, and Outpatient Chemotherapy Building.

Additional on-going projects include an “Adopt-A-Room” patient room renovation drive and “Buy-A- Bed,” the replacement of the hospital’s patient-care beds. Other projects to date include the emergency helicopter landing area, enhanced directional signage for visitors, medical equipment and education for hospital professionals.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes Chairman James W. Higgins, Gregory C. Chun, PhD, Tina Clothier, Jane Dierenfield, Ikaika Hauanio, Daryl Kurozawa MD, Judith-Ann Nakamaru and Reba Silva.

For additional information about the Kona Hospital Foundation or the “Heart of Champions” golf tournament, call 322-4587 or visit:

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