Kona Community Hospital (KCH) and Ke Anuenue Area Health Education Center (AHEC) hosted their fourth M.A.S.H. (Medical Academy of Science and Health) Camp on July 19 and 20 at Kona Community Hospital. Four years ago, marked the first M.A.S.H. Camp for the state of Hawaii, and now with its success, has grown to other neighbor islands.
Fifteen intermediate and high school students from the local community participated in the two-day program. It covered 10 different health care careers including diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, orthopedic surgery, laboratory, pharmacy, rehabilitation services, medical records and more. They were also given beneficial information about occupations in these fields such as years of education required, salary ranges, and the pros and cons about the jobs.
“We see this as a unique opportunity for our youth to explore a career in healthcare by working with our professional staff who is excited to share their knowledge and experience with the kids,” commented Earl Greenia, CEO of Kona Community Hospital and Kohala Hospital.
Founded in 1914, Kona Community Hospital is a 94-bed full-service hospital with 24-hour emergency services that supports the west region of the island of Hawaii. It is a member of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, a special agency of the state of Hawaii established in 1996. It is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Kona Community Hospital is dedicated to providing and enhancing accessible comprehensive healthcare services to the West Hawaii community.