Kaiser Hawaiʻi Receives Fourth Consecutive “A” in Patient Safety

April 13, 2017, 9:37 AM HST · Updated April 13, 9:39 AM
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Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center earned an “A” grade from the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing it as one of the safest hospitals in the U.S.

Administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent industry watchdog, the biannual Hospital Safety Grade measures hospitals’ overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors.

Kaiser Maui Lani Clinic. Kahului. Courtesy photo.

Moanalua Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state to receive the highest grade of “A” for the fourth consecutive time.

The Hospital Safety Grade evaluates 30 measures of publicly available hospital data related to hospital processes or patient outcomes, such as infection rates, staff responsiveness, and the use of electronic medical records, to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing overall patient safety performance.

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“In an evolving health care landscape, innovations such as our integrated electronic health record system help our coordinated care teams communicate more efficiently and flag potential errors, keeping our patients safe,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of patient safety and experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaiʻi. “We’re grateful to have the expertise and dedication of our physicians and staff, who strive to provide a safe and healing environment for our patients every day.”

The Maui Memorial Medical Center is on track to transition to Kaiser on July 1, 2017, as part of a public/private partnership approved by the state in 2015.

MMMC is a Level III Trauma Center, with the 2nd highest acuity and 2nd busiest ED in the state.

More than 2,600 U.S. general hospitals were assigned grades in the spring of 2017, with only 31% receiving an “A” grade.

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