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Hilo Medical Center

Updated May 1, 2022 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A-plus
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A+Feb 19: A+Mar 19: A+Apr 19: A+May 19: A+Jun 19: A+Jul 19: A+Aug 19: A+Sep 19: A+Jan 20: AMar 20: AApr 20: A+May 20: A+Jun 20: A+Jul 20: A+Aug 20: A+Sep 20: AOct 20: AJan 21: A+Feb 21: A+Mar 21: A+Apr 21: A+May 21: A+Jun 21: A+Jul 21: A+Aug 21: A+Sep 21: A+Oct 21: A+Nov 21: A+Jan 22: A+Feb 22: A+Mar 22: A+Apr 22: A+May 22: A+
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1190 Waianuenue Avenue,
Hilo HI 96720

(808) 932-3000

100% estimated occupancy 1

Hilo Medical Center is a small government-owned facility located in Hilo, Hawaii. This facility is among the most elite facilities we looked at. Being awarded an A+ in our grading scheme requires excellent scores across the board. You flat out can't do much better than this facility. If you scroll down, you will see this place's category scores, which appear to be just as strong as its overall rating.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - State

Registered Staff Hours

Medical Staff Hours Per Patient (2021)
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Nurse Quality

Grade: A-plus

We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility excelled in our nursing rating. We awarded them an impressive grade of A+ in this category. In calculating our nursing grades, we look at both nursing hours and the skill levels of those nurses. This facility boasts a really impressive 4.8 hours of nursing care per patient daily, of which a significant portion of those hours were provided by registered nurses. This is one of the most highly highly skilled levels of nurses. This is among the highest totals of nursing hours we were able to find. In addition to offering high levels of care, this place also excelled in the quality-based metrics we assessed. It performed as well as any nursing home in the nation when it comes to minimizing its residents' major falls and pressure ulcers.

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

This facility also received an A+ for its long-term care score. Long-term care scores of this caliber generally require both 24/7 care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine medical care. One of the statistics we considered after this facility's above average nursing hours was vaccinations. This facility provided the pneumonia vaccination to 98.31933 percent of its patients. Vaccines are a great way to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations for the elderly. This combination proved to be effective as this facility was able to keep its patients out of the hospital. In fact, it had less than one hospitalization per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

This nursing home has earned near flawless government inspections in recent years. We awarded them an A in this category. Arguably the most critical factor we look at in calculating our inspection scores is deficiencies. These deficiencies are found on a nursing home's recent inspection reports. Facilities with better grades in this category typically avoided the more severe deficiencies involving health risks or even death. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report, which is still very impressive. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: A

In our last category, this facility also was awarded an excellent short-term care score, with a grade of A. This rounded out an elusive straight A report card. With our short-term care assessment, we endeavor to create a valuable measure for rehabilitation services. In this process, we analyze a nursing home's offerings of skilled nursing services, including both registered nurses and physical therapy, as well as respiratory therapy. One of this nursing home's strengths is registered nurse hours. We found that it offers more care from registered nurses to its residents than most facilities. The final metric we assessed in this area is the number of patients that were able to return home from the facility. It performed as well as just about any nursing home in Hawaii in this metric with 61.2 percent of its residents returning home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

FDCB-BB+A-AA+Oct 18Jun 22

Hilo Medical Center Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A-plus

In Hilo Medical Center, 5.65% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This is the percentage of patients who suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are often caused by patients staying in one position for too long. Better nursing protocols can limit the percentage of residents in a nursing home who sustain pressure ulcers.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: A+

In Hilo Medical Center, 2.15% of Patients had Serious Falls

This indicates the percentage of residents who suffered from a major fall. Falls resulting in major injuries are considered by many in the nursing home industry to be a measure of nursing care at a nursing home. Major falls are often the result of poor nursing care.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: A-minus

In Hilo Medical Center, 2.54% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. These infections are sometimes linked to poorer hygiene.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: D

In Hilo Medical Center, 8.93% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This statistic is an indication of the percentage of long-term stay patients receiving antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic medications serve an important medical purpose, it is important to ensure these drugs are being used appropriately. In some cases, increased usage of these drugs may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: C

In Hilo Medical Center, 7.57% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This figure indicates the percentage of long-term stay residents taking antianxiety drugs.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: A+

In Hilo Medical Center, 1.47% of Patients

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents showing symptoms of depression.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: B

In Hilo Medical Center, 97.19% of Patients

This is the percent of residents who received the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.

Residents Maintain Autonomy

Grade: A-plus

In Hilo Medical Center, 11.27% Percentage of Patients

This datapoint measures the percentage of long-term care patients who required additional assistance with activities of daily living over time. ADL's include activities such as dressing and continence.

Ability to Keep Residents Mobile

Grade: B

In Hilo Medical Center, 21.75% Percentage of Residents

This is the percentage of residents who were able to retain mobility over time. Optimizing mobility is usually a good sign for residents' well-being.

Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations

Grade: B

In Hilo Medical Center, 21.75 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized

This indicates the number of times residents are rehospitalized per thousand days of short-term care. There is generally a correlation between avoiding hospitalizations and a nursing homes short-term rehabilitation performance.

Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement

Grade: F

In Hilo Medical Center, 75.81% Percentage of Resident

This tells you the percent of short-term care residents who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living.

Scores for Hilo, HI

  • Overall Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Nurse Rating has a grade of A-minus
  • Long-term Care Rating has a grade of B-plus
  • Short-term Care Rating has a grade of A-minus
  • Inspection Rating has a grade of B-plus

Looking for more options? Hilo, Hawaii has 4 other nursing homes

Nearby Hospitals

  • Hilo Medical CenterAcute Care Hospitals 0 miles away1190 Waianuenue Avenue Hilo Hawaii 96720Government - State(808) 932-3000

Nearby Dialysis

  • Hilo Dialysis2.71 miles away1384 Kinoole Street Big Island Hilo Hawaii 96720CMS Rating: 4 stars Dialysis Stations: 48 (808) 935-3422

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