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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Hospital Among Safest in Nation

Posted April 20, 2017, 09:02 AM HST
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Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. KP website image.

Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has been recognized as one of the safest hospitals in the U.S., earning an “A” grade from the Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for the fourth consecutive year.

Moanalua Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state to receive a top rating four times in a row.

The rating is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. Hospitals are rated on a scale ranging from “A” to “F.” The grades represent patient safety performance against preventable medical errors.

The Hospital Safety Grade evaluates hospitals through publicly available data gathered from trusted health care agencies including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The data covers patient outcomes, infection rates, staff responsiveness and the use of electronic records.

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“In an evolving healthcare 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 Hawaii. “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.”

More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals were assigned grades in the spring of 2017. Only 31 percent received an “A” grade.

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