Leahi Hospital Nursing Home Off CMS Special Focus List

Honolulu, Hawaii — Leahi Hospital in Honolulu is one of 31 facilities who have been taken off a national list of poor-performing nursing homes. The “recently-graduated list”, published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, identifies nursing homes that have not only demonstrated significant improvement, but have also sustained significant improvement for about 12 months (through two surveys).

“The medical staff, employees, and management of Leahi Hospital are extremely pleased with this outcome, which reflects our on-going commitment and responsibility to improving quality healthcare for both our residents (long-term patients) and out-patients,” said Vincent H.S. Lee, chief executive officer, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Oahu region. “This collaborative government-provider quality improvement program brings about increased accountability and greater transparency that truly benefits consumers, nursing homes, and regulatory agencies.”

The CMS program is intended to stimulate improvements in the nursing home’s provision of quality care. Leahi Hospital, located at 3675 Kilauea Avenue, Kaimuki, was classified as a special focus facility on the Medicare Nursing Home website, www.medicare.gov.

Leahi Hospital is one of 12 facilities operated by the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation. Established in 1996, HHSC is a public benefit corporation of the state of Hawaii. As the state’s community-hospital system, HHSC continues to fulfill the state’s promise to provide quality, hometown healthcare.