Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Again Receives Top Marks in Hospital Safety

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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center has received an “A” grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, the gold standard of patient safety measuring hospitals’ overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors. Administered by the Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog, the Hospital Safety Score is a free resource available to the public that is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

The Hospital Safety Score evaluates 28 measures of publicly available hospital data related to best practices in patient care, reduction of medication errors and infection prevention, producing a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing overall patient safety performance. Each letter grade combines national performance data from trusted health care agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Our dedicated health care professionals at Moanalua Medical Center put a priority on patient safety and quality care. In addition, innovations such as our integrated electronic health record system increase communication and flag potential errors, creating a safety net for our physicians and staff,” said Linda Puu, RN, hospital administrator at Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center. “We are honored to receive recognition by the Leapfrog Group and remain committed to providing a safe, healing environment for our patients.”

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. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the fall of 2015, with 30.5 percent receiving an “A” grade.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.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 more than 50 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.