Kauai Care Center earns honor

  • Photo courtesy Brandi Hori-Moises

    Kenichi “Stupe” Shimogawa former official for KPWFL for 40 years receives short-term rehab services with physical therapist Paula Rego.

LIHUE — Nine skilled nursing facilities in Hawaii, including Kauai Care Center in Waimea, have been recognized in the American Health Care Association 2017 Quality Initiative Recognition Program.

The American Health Care Association is the national affiliate of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, representing skilled nursing facilities and long-term care providers.

AHCA’s Quality Initiative Recognition Program is designed to recognize its nursing center members that demonstrate the attainment of four or more of the AHCA Quality Initiative goals. The goals include decreasing turnover among nursing staff, safely reduce hospital readmissions, safely reduce use of antipsychotic drugs, and improve discharge back to the community.

“Improving quality care as a profession requires dedication from many organizations,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “The program provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the progress that our members have made by achieving the Quality Initiative goals and improving care for individuals living in their communities. I commend their hard work.”

The nine nursing facilities will be nationally recognized at the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit in New Orleans on March 12-14. A total of 1,509 skilled nursing centers nationwide attained four or more of the goals.

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