July 22, 2020

High-quality care for mothers and babies

Moanalua Medical Center among Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals 2020.

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Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — Moanalua Medical Center is one of 22 Kaiser Permanente hospitals that has earned top marks for the safety and quality of its coordinated maternity care.

The elite designation of Best Maternity Care Hospitals 2020 by Newsweek magazine was awarded to only 231 hospitals in the United States. It identifies leading maternity care programs based on rigorous quality and safety standards. Kaiser Permanente hospitals represent nearly 10% of those named to the prestigious list nationwide.

“Our wonderful care teams put mom and baby’s well-being at the center of every decision,” said Mabel Wong, MD, chief of the ob-gyn department at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We work with the family to provide choices and options so they can have their individual and optimal pregnancy and delivery experience.”

The hospitals on Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals list demonstrate the highest performance in the United States as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Designated hospitals meet Leapfrog’s rigorous standards for excellence in maternity care — including low rates of C-section, episiotomy (an incision to enlarge the vaginal opening for childbirth), and elective early delivery — and follow important protocols to protect moms and babies, among other measures. Additionally, all of the hospitals named earned either an A or B on the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

For more detail on methodology and a complete list of designated maternity care programs, visit Newsweek’s “Best Maternity Care Hospitals 2020.”

About Kaiser Permanente

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 eight 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.