February 25, 2020

Moanalua Medical Center recognized for bariatric surgery

The Hawaii facility received the Women’s Choice Award, scoring in the top 6% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals reviewed.

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Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — For the fifth straight year, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has been recognized as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery by the Women’s Choice Award®. Presented by WomenCertified Inc., this evidence-based designation scored Moanalua Medical Center in the top 6% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals reviewed.

“Obesity can contribute to many related health conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, and obesity-related cancer. Despite these health risks, nearly 24% of Hawaii adults struggle with obesity,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of quality, safety and care experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Bariatric surgery can help members treat obesity and take steps toward a healthier future. Our bariatric team focuses on offering high-quality, integrated care and support that includes surgery, medication, and education.”

The America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery award is given to hospitals recognized by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To be eligible for consideration, hospitals must be accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), which indicates the highest standards for patient safety and quality care in the treatment of severe obesity. The award also takes into account patient safety data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and patient recommendation ratings from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey.

America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery combines national accreditations, (HCAHPS) survey results, and hospital outcome scores with primary research about women’s health care preferences. It is the only award recognizing excellence in bariatric surgery based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

About the Women’s Choice Award®

The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products, and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

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 Hawaii in 1958, 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 more than 12.2 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.