June 19, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii earns award from AHA

Moanalua Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association for demonstrating excellence in the treatment of heart failure and stroke.

HONOLULU - The American Heart Association 2019 Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure program awarded Moanalua Medical Center a Gold Plus Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll award, the highest level of achievement, for the ninth straight year. The award recognizes hospitals for meeting specific quality achievement measures for 24 consecutive months, such as proper use of medications, risk reduction therapies such as flu and pneumococcal vaccinations, patient education, and follow-up care.

The American Heart Association 2019 Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program named Moanalua Medical Center a Gold Plus Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll recipient, also the highest level of achievement. The stroke program award measures hospitals’ use of best-practice therapies and treatments within the first 120 minutes to 2 days of hospital admission, patient education, and discharge care to reduce the risk of a readmission. The added designation of Honor Roll – Elite is given to hospitals that meet the high standard of providing intravenous thrombolytic therapy less than 60 minutes upon admission to the emergency room in more than 75% of stroke patients.

“Our doctors and care team focus on providing timely, rapid response to treat stroke effectively, which is critical to giving patients their best chance at a full recovery,” said Linda Puu, vice president of Quality, Safety, and Care Experience from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Likewise, when treating heart failure, we utilize the highest standards of care and latest scientific guidelines offered by the American Heart Association to help our patients stay healthy and reduce readmission. We’re proud that the American Heart Association has recognized our commitment to quality care and dedication to improving the health of our members.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Hawaii and stroke is the third-leading cause of death. Get With The Guidelines advocates evidence-based treatment, care, and education, giving hospitals the support they need to treat heart failure and stroke effectively with measurable results that lead to better patient outcomes.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.3 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.


Laura Lott