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Respiratory Therapist (Level III) – Hilo Medical Center/Hawaii Health Systems Corporation – East Region

36-Hours Per Week with Benefits | $10,000 Bonus

Annual Salary: $72,000 (base pay) PLUS $10,000 Bonus

The work week is 36-hours. Three 12-hour shifts: day shift is 6:30am-7:00pm, night shift is 6:30pm to 7:00am

Hilo Medical Center is a 5-star hospital licensed for 157 beds in acute care and 35 beds for long-term care. 


  • 13 paid holidays each year (14 during election years)
  • 21 paid vacation days per year
  • 21 paid sick days per year
  • Medical, dental, vision, and prescription plans

Hilo is located on the east side of the island of Hawaii, and has a quaint old-Hawaii, small-town atmosphere. The hospital staff is community-oriented. It is home to the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Community College, Hilo airport, Volcano National Park, excellent schools and convenient shopping.

As the Big Island’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care, Hilo Medical Center delivers a full range of services and programs on our 20-acre campus. Hilo Medical Center is licensed for 157 beds for acute care and 35 beds for long-term care. The hospital is a Level III Trauma Center which includes the second busiest emergency room in the state that provides 24-hour care to more than 46,000 patients annually.

Hilo Medical Center’s Respiratory Therapy department provides Respiratory Services to our 11 bed ICU, Emergency Department, Nursery, and acute care. We also perform EKG’s and Pulmonary function testing. Our size often allows us to spend time getting to know our patients well. We have a team of approximately 20 staff members that work closely with professionals from different disciplines to assist in caring for the community.

Position Focus: Under general supervision, the Respiratory Therapist III performs diagnostic assessments and prepares treatment plans in providing complex respiratory therapy services. May provide all respiratory therapy services for a unit, center or facility, and perform other related duties as assigned. 

Education Requirement: Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy from a school of respiratory therapy approved at the time of graduation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Experience Requirement: One (1) year of Respiratory Therapy experience.

Respiratory Therapy Experience: Professional experience as a Respiratory Therapist under medical supervision. The experience must have equipped the applicant with a full professional understanding of the evaluation, test, and treatment of respiratory therapy problems and the ability to develop and modify individual patient care plans.

Substitutions Allowed: An associate degree in respiratory therapy from a program approved at the time of graduation by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and two (2) years of professional experience as a Respiratory Therapist under medical supervision may substitute for a baccalaureate degree in respiratory therapy.

Excess work experience as described under the Experience Requirement which provided knowledge, skills and abilities comparable to those acquired in four (4) years of successful study while completing a college or university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Therapy may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

License Required: A valid license with the State of Hawaii as a Respiratory Therapist at the time of appointment.

Certification Required: Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider (adult, child and infant) must be obtained within (6) months of employment.  Current Certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider (adult, child and infant) is preferred.  Please submit copy of certification with the application

Must be available to work shifts, weekends and holidays as necessary based on hospital operations. Services are provided 24/7.

MEDICAL/PHYSICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT: Offers of employment will be contingent on successfully passing a pre-employment physical examination, which includes drug screen and other regulatory medical requirements such as, but not limited to, two-step tuberculosis (TB) screen. The cost for physical examinations, except the cost for drug screening, shall be borne by the applicant and not the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. After receiving a conditional offer of employment, all prospective new HHSC employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New employees are required to provide confirmation of their full vaccination status by presenting their CDC vaccination card or VAMS Certificate prior to their start date.

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