May 19, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii earns eighth straight A

Moanalua Medical Center earned its eighth straight A in the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Of 2,500 hospitals, only 832 received an A.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center earned its eighth straight A grade in the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, administered by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit health care transparency advocate. The Hospital Safety Grade evaluates more than 2,500 hospitals twice every year and measures their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors.

“In an always-evolving health care landscape, Kaiser Permanente remains a leader in developing and implementing robust safety systems to support the health care team in the hospital and across the care continuum,” said Karen Ching, MD, associate medical director of quality, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “This grade bears testament to the dedicated team of physicians and health care professionals who maintain their unwavering commitment to our patients and their healing journey.”

The Hospital Safety Grade utilizes 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 based on 27 types of publicly available 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 832 hospitals received an A grade in the spring 2019 report.

“Our integrated electronic health record system allows our team of experienced physicians and staff to communicate more efficiently and flag potential errors at every step of the healing process,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of patient safety and experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our coordinated care approach allows us to provide the right treatment at the right time by putting the patient at the center of everything we do.”

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