Physician Recruitment

The West Hawaii Region for HHSC encompasses the Districts of North and South Kohala and North and South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is an area with superb weather year-round. You may choose to live near the ocean or in the hills. Ocean sports include fishing, diving, snorkeling, outrigger canoe paddling. There is hiking, golf, tennis and more. Cultural activities are broad, including music, dance, community theater, geology, astronomy, ecology and much more. Best of all, our population is friendly and appreciative. The region includes Kona Community Hospital (KCH) in Kealakekua and Kohala Hospital in Kapaau. With a shortage of health care providers here, physician opportunities include: opening your own independent practice and joining one or both hospital medical staffs; joining the practice of an existing physician or group; or practicing as a contracted or employed physician.

Specific opportunities exist in the following specialties:

Primary Care

There is a significant shortage of primary care physicians including Family Practice and Internal Medicine specialists in both the Kona Community Hospital and the Kohala Hospital areas.

If you would like further information about opportunities to practice in the West Hawaii Region, the following organizations welcome queries from applicants via e-mail. They prefer not to receive requests from physician employment or locum tenens agencies at this time. Please use the Physician Information Application form to send in your inquiry.

Kona Community Hospital

At the present time, KCH is not seeking to employ new physicians although other contracting may be possible. As plans evolve regarding modes of contracting and employment, this may change. For more information contact Regional Medical Staff Director Jenn Stike.

Kohala Hospital

Kohala Hospital does not employ physicians but qualified physicians practicing in the community are welcome to join the medical staff. Physicians who would like information about opportunities for employment in the Emergency Department may call Kohala Hospital's HIM Office at 808 889-7921. Ask their HIM clerk for the most current contact information for ER physician applicants. 

The Kohala Family Health Center (a federally qualified health center) employs physicians at their clinic near Kohala Hospital in Kapaau. Contact Valerie Poindexter at vpoindexter@hamakua-health.org for information.

Alii Health

This semi-independent multispecialty practice affiliated with HHSC employs physicians and nurse practitioners in their clinics, all of whom are also on the medical staff of Kona Community Hospital. The contracting and employment design for Alii Health is in transition but now is the time to let them know if you are interested in opportunities. Contact Debra Sundberg for more information at dsundberg@aliihealth.com.

Hospitalist Program

The Hospitalist Program for Kona Hospital, via a partnership with Sound Physicians, is seeking full time physicians to join their team.  Physician-founded and led, Sound Physicians has created the blueprint for a better hospitalist career.  Contact Adreanna Bourassa with Sound Physicians at abourassa@soundphysicians.com.