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American Heart Association Recognizes Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center for Excellent Treatment of Heart Failure and Stroke

Moanalua Medical Center has been honored for treatment of heart failure for the sixth consecutive year, and stroke care for the fifth consecutive year.

May 8, 2017



Dr. Cyril Leung, Dr. Keith Ogasawara, Dr. Kevin Kwaku, Dr. Todd Devere Tami Swart (AHA), Dr. Bread Burton, Julia Gregory (Pt Ed), Laurie Oue, Joanna Nguyen, Dr. Sharin Sakurai-Burton, Dr. Karen Ching, and Stephanie Ono Back row: Dr. Cyril Leung, Dr. Keith Ogasawara, Dr. Kevin Kwaku, Dr. Todd Devere, Tami Swart (American Heart Association), Dr. Brad Burton. Front row: Julia Gregory (Patient Education), Laurie Oue (Lab), Joanna Nguyen (Lab), Dr. Sharin Sakurai-Burton, Dr. Karen Ching, and Stephanie Ono (Quality, Accreditation, & Licensing).

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has received the 2017 Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Plus and Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association. Moanalua Medical Center has been honored with a dual Gold Plus distinction for treatment of heart failure for the sixth consecutive year, and stroke care for the fifth consecutive year.

Get With The Guidelines is designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date evidence-based care to produce positive patient outcomes. Hospitals receiving the Gold Plus recognition for these categories must meet two standards — treating heart failure and stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for 24 consecutive months; and 75 percent compliance to four out of nine heart failure measures, or five out of eight stroke quality measures,  during a 12-month period.

Additionally, Moanalua Medical Center earned a Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation, which means more than 50 percent of stroke patients receive intravenous thrombolytic therapy less than one hour upon admission to the emergency room, improving quality of patient care and outcomes.

“Our heart and stroke patients are fighting potentially life-threatening conditions that require the highest level of care,” said Linda Puu, RN, MSN, vice president of patient safety and experience at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. “Our participation in Get With The Guidelines demonstrates our commitment to quality standards and treatment that saves lives. We’re honored to receive recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, which represents the gold standard for heart and stroke treatment in the country.”

The AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines Program puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure that the care provided to heart failure and stroke patients is consistent with the latest evidence-based guidelines. The goal of participating in Get With The Guidelines is to save lives. Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events.

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