Maluhia Wins 2008 Excellence Award

Honolulu, Hawaii — Maluhia has been recognized by the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Hawaii, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Hawaii, as a winner of the 2008 Striving for Excellence Award – for significantly lowering its pressure ulcer rates over the last three years.

“Our nurses, physicians, and other support staff can be justly proud of this national honor,” said Maluhia Administrator Jay Duquette. “Maluhia was able to achieve this outstanding outcome as a result of an extensive program implementation, which included enhanced ulcer observations, specialized dietary program, and increased physical activities. The team effort of all of the head nurses, our wound care specialist, and our director of nursing deserves special recognition.”

MPQHI recognizes leading nursing-home facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies for outstanding performance in the 8th Scope of Work.

“Mountain-Pacific Hawaii believes that every person should receive the right care every time,” said Dee Dee Nelson, “so we extend a warm mahalo to Maluhia for sharing in our vision and for an ongoing commitment to healthcare quality.”

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is the Medicare Improvement Quality Organization for Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianna Islands, under a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Maluhia 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.