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Kuakini Medical Center receives Premier, Inc. award for reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions

Kuakini Medical Center was recognized by Premier, Inc. for successfully reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions, as part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative. 
Through the Partnership for Patients, Premier’s hospital engagement network (HEN) is working with more than 400 hospitals to reduce preventable readmissions by 20 percent and preventable HACs by 40 percent from January 2012 to December 2014. 
As a member of Premier’s HEN, Kuakini was one of 10 hospitals that received the Premier Partnership for Patients Award for early success in reaching its reduction goals in at least seven of the 10 areas measured. Kuakini was recognized during Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition  in San Antonio in June.
“We are pleased and honored to be recognized by Premier’s HEN for our initiatives to reduce Hospital Acquired Conditions and hospital readmissions within 30 days of patient discharge,” said Gary Kajiwara, President and CEO of Kuakini Health System. “Kuakini’s Health Care Team, comprised of our staff and physicians, is committed to improving the health status of our community.”
Kuakini  has met the Partnership for Patients reduction goals by reducing targeted HACs by 40%, which include infections, injuries, ulcers, or pneumonia. Kuakini has also successfully reduced patient readmission by 20%.
“Kuakini is a prime example of performance improvement in healthcare,” said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners. “Through commitment, transparency, trust and engagement they are collaborating with peers to create a culture of safe, reliable and coordinated care. We are constantly amazed by these accomplishments. Premier congratulates everyone at Kuakini for their hard work and tremendous achievements.”
Premier is the second largest HEN in the Partnership for Patients initiative working at the regional, state, national and hospital system level to identify solutions to reduce HACs and readmissions, and spread best practices and resources to other healthcare providers. Participants collaborate to:
  • Transparently share progress on a set of uniform measures on a regular basis;
  • Share best practices and successful innovations with all members of the HEN; and
  • Commit to participate in educational initiatives and site visits.