April 18, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Receives Fourth Consecutive ‘A’ Grade Highlighting Commitment to Patient Safety

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center earned an “A” grade from the spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, recognizing it as one of the safest hospitals in the U.S. Administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent industry watchdog, the biannual Hospital Safety Grade measures hospitals’ overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors. Moanalua Medical Center is one of only two hospitals in the state to receive the highest grade of “A” for the fourth consecutive time.

The Hospital Safety Grade evaluates 30 measures of publicly available hospital data related to hospital processes or patient outcomes, such as infection rates, staff responsiveness and the use of electronic medical records to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score, representing overall patient safety performance. The data is obtained from trusted health care agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“In an evolving health care 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. general hospitals were assigned grades in the spring of 2017, with only 31 percent receiving an “A” grade. Leapfrog’s methodology, developed under the guidance of its Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. For more information, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Grade (http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for nearly 60 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. Visit kp.org for additional information. Become a fan of good health with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii: Like our page at Facebook.com/KPHawaii and follow @KPHawaii on Twitter.