North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) announces the appointment of Wayne Higaki to the expanded role of vice president for public affairs and chief development officer. Higaki’s additional responsibilities include overseeing the hospital’s marketing, communications and fundraising development.
“For more than a decade, Wayne has been an invaluable member of our NHCH ohana,” said Lowell Johnson, NHCH interim CEO. “His newly expanded role allows us to consolidate administrative leadership roles and resources into one functional area, under Wayne’s very able leadership. I am confident that he will excel in his newly expanded role and help lead NHCH to continued success in the future.”
Higaki’s tenure with NHCH began when the hospital was still under construction in 1996. He has been involved in many varied leadership roles over the years, most recently, as the organization’s government representative while serving as vice president, public affairs.
Higaki also leads the hospital’s Community Advisory Group established in 2011, which serves as a critical conduit for sharing two-way communication between the hospital and communities served by NHCH. Higaki will continue to also oversee the hospital’s facilities, engineering and security.
“I am looking forward to helping our hospital transition through the challenges of health care reform, especially in our ability to serve the community in a meaningful way,” said Higaki. Born and raised on Hawaii Island, he has more than 30 years of health care experience. He is a member of the Statewide Health Planning Council, chair of the county Workforce Investment Board and a director of the Waimea Community Association.