HHSC Corporate Website – Employee Focus
Eugene Amar, Jr.,
If you get a chance to visit HHSC West Hawaii Region, please
make it a point to checkout Kohala Hospital located in Hawi. Similar to many other HHSC facilities,
Kohala Hospital has a long history of serving the needs of its community. In
fact, Kohala Hospital began in 1917 as a small acute facility in a converted
plantation home. Today, of course, Kohala Hospital serves as an important
critical access care hospital headed by Eugene “Gino” Amar, Jr.,
Gino’s local and professional management style enables him
to effectively manage the hospital’s long-term, emergency, and limited acute
care. He has 20 years of work
experience at Kohala Hospital. Gino first served as an accountant, then became
the hospital’s business office manager, and subsequently moved up the ranks to
being the assistant hospital administrator, administrative service, and acting
Throughout his many years of service, Mr. Amar has remained
committed to improving patient care, in addition to the improvement of patient
and employee safety. During Kohala
Hospital’s transition to its present critical access hospital designation, he
was instrumental in managing the application process while implementing and
coordinating survey preparation efforts.
Mr. Amar also took charge of the hospital’s command center during the
2006 Kiholo earthquake incident, a responsibility that involved the successful
handling of communications, resident evacuation, cleanup, and ensuring there
were available resources.
His pleasant demeanor is a welcome attribute for hospital
employees and medical staff who at times are required to take on extra or
unexpected responsibilities. Mr. Amar is
always cooperative and energetic.
Co-workers also can easily confirm Amar’s excellent patient service and
willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill patient and employee safety
requirements, often working long hours to make sure deadlines are met. His set of good work ethics include: 1)
listening and learning from others; 2) being approachable; and 3): having a
good attitude with all work projects.
Mr. Amar’s community involvement includes: serving on the
Board of North Kohala Resource, founding member; Kohala Country Fair Committee,
member, entertainment committee chair, and master of ceremonies, in addition to
being an active member and secretary of the Koa Puna Motorcycle Club-Kohala
Mr. Amar holds a Master of Health Administration. And on May 24, 2012, he was able to reach
another milestone by passing his nursing-home administrator licensing examination! At this point of his career, he looks forward
to further improving the rural health care of his community and serving as a
role model for others interested in pursuing a career in hospital care.