December 17, 2020

Top marks for patient safety

Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has now received 11 consecutive A grades for safety.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit health care transparency advocate, has awarded Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center its 11th straight A grade in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Hospital Safety Grade, administered in the spring and fall every year, measures the overall performance of more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Moanalua Medical Center is also honored with the straight A distinction for receiving 5 or more consecutive A grades.

The Hospital Safety Grade uses hospital performance data collected by national health care organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scores are calculated by using more than 2 dozen national safety measures. The information is publicly available in hospital data related to patient care, medication errors, and infection prevention and released as a free resource to help patients and their families make informed health care decisions. Only 34% of hospitals in the United States have received an A grade in the fall 2020 report.

“Now more than ever, keeping our patients safe while they receive care at our facilities is a top priority at Kaiser Permanente. We’re proud of our physicians, providers, and staff who work together to create a healthy healing environment,” said Sam Balukoff, hospital administrator at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Hawaii. “Our integrated electronic medical record system and coordinated care approach help reduce errors and safety risks, which improves patient outcomes and ensures higher quality of care.”

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For 75 years, Kaiser Permanente has been committed to shaping the future of health and health care — and helping our members, patients, and communities experience more healthy years. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Since July 21, 1945, Kaiser Permanente’s mission has been to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.