August 7, 2020

Moanalua Medical Center recognized for high-quality cardiac care

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii hospital receives American Heart Association quality achievement awards.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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Honolulu ― Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

In addition to the Gold Plus Quality Award, our Moanalua Medical Center also received additional recognition from the American Heart Association for achievements in cardiac care:

  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll — To qualify, hospitals must demonstrate improved medication adherence, early follow-up care and coordination, and enhanced patient education.
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll — Qualifying hospitals must meet certain diabetes cardiovascular quality measures with more than 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months.
  • Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award — This award recognizes hospitals that meet criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment to reestablish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients.

“This recognition demonstrates our commitment to advancing patient care with compassion, innovation, and excellence,” said Ali Merchant, MD, chief of Cardiology at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our evidence-based integrated care allows us to accurately assess, stabilize, and treat an acute condition to improve patient outcomes.”

Moanalua Medical Center earned the awards and honor roll status by meeting quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, and receive information on any other care transition interventions.

“We are pleased to recognize Moanalua Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure and other cardiac care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national chair of the American Heart Association’s quality oversight committee and executive vice chair of Neurology and director of Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

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 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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 8 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.