May 23, 2018

Kudos for quality heart care at Moanalua Medical Center

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has received the 2018 Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. This marks the seventh consecutive year Moanalua Medical Center has been honored with a Gold Plus distinction, which recognizes the organization’s success in implementing a high standard of care for treatment of heart failure.

The Get With The Guidelines program is designed to help hospital teams meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The measures include proper use of medications, risk reduction therapies, patient education, follow-up care and other care transition interventions, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions. Hospitals receiving the Gold Plus recognition must meet two standards — treating heart failure patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for 24 consecutive months; and 75 percent compliance to 4 out of 9 heart failure measures during a 12-month period.

“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from the American Heart Association, whose expertise and guidelines represent a gold standard for heart failure treatment in the country,” said Linda Puu, RN, MSN, vice president of patient safety and experience at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We’re grateful to our physicians, providers and staff for their commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based care, which includes education that helps patients improve their total health and reduce their risk of readmission.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Hawaii. With proper medications, care and healthy lifestyle changes, many heart failure patients can manage their condition and lead a full and enjoyable life.

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

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 more than 12.2 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.