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Kau Hospital

  • Nursing Home
  • Adult Day Care

Updated Jun 1, 2019 by Nick Lata

Historical Rating
Grade: A
Oct 18: A+Nov 18: A+Dec 18: A+Jan 19: A-Feb 19: A-Mar 19: A-Apr 19: AMay 19: AJun 19: A
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Kau Hospital's website

1 Kamani Street,
Pahala HI 96777

(808) 932-4200

27.5% estimated occupancy 1

Note: Data for Kau Hospital has not been updated recently. This page shows historical performance which may not be representitive of current service levels.

Kau Hospital is a very-small hospital-based facility in Pahala, Hawaii. This facility is ranked among the top nursing homes we found. A score in this range requires first-rate marks across the board. Based on our assessment, this facility would be a great choice for most people. Scroll down to see this facility's category ratings, which are also quite good. It's hard to find any major flaws in this place's profile.

Quick Details

  • Accepts Medicare 1
  • Accepts Medicaid 1
  • No CCRC
  • No Resident Council
  • No Family Council
  • Government - State
  • Offers Hospice
  • Offers Inpatient Rehab
  • Offers Outpatient Rehab

Specialized Services

  • Personal Care
  • IV Antibiotic Therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Laboratory
  • X-Ray


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Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

We also found that this facility excelled in our long-term care rating. We awarded them a grade of A+ in this area. Nursing homes that excel in this category tend to provide patients with more supervision and stay on top of routine medical care. Once we finished looking at the amount of nursing care, we then analyzed the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is what we like to see. Pneumonia is too frequently a life or death ailment for nursing home residents so we strongly prefer when a nursing home doesn't leave this to chance. Finally, this facility was able to limit hospitalizations. Indeed, it had only 0 hospitalizations per one thousand long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

This facility has received near flawless health inspections in recent years. We awarded them an impressive grade of A in this category. Inspection ratings weigh several factors, including deficiencies, substantiated complaints and federal fines. You can learn more about each of these factors by obtaining copies of nursing homes' inspection reports. This particular nursing home had just a single deficiency on its inspection report and it was not one deemed to pose a threat to patient health or safety. Finally, this facility had no substantiated complaints this year from residents, which is an excellent sign.

Nurse Quality

Grade: A-minus

To complement its strong performance in other areas, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. We looked at the skill-level of nurses working for the nursing home, in addition to the quantity of hours the nurses worked with patients, in computing our score in this area. This nursing home averages 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, our nursing grades also factor in quality-based assessments, such as avoiding major falls. This place performed well in this area. Avoiding major falls is typically a good indicator that a nursing home has reliable quality controls in place. Major falls can many times be avoided if more nurses aids and better safety protocols are in place.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

The last category we scored was short-term care, where this facility was given a grade of B+. This topped off a very strong profile. Very few facilities received a B+ or higher in every single category. Our short-term care ratings are based on a nursing home's quantity of skilled highly skilled professionals. This includes a wide spectrum of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, in addition to other variations of therapy. Unfortunately, it does not look like this facility provided information on registered nurse or physical therapist staffing. Lastly, we considered the number of residents who eventually returned home from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this facility's patients were able to return home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Kau Hospital Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A+

In Kau Hospital, 5.33% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This statistic indicates the percentage of long-term residents which have pressure ulcers or bed sores. We consider this statistic when determining our nursing grades.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Kau Hospital, 2.13% of Patients had Serious Falls

This figure is a measure of the percentage of long-term residents who sustained a fall resulting in serious injury. Falls can happen for a variety of reasons, but high rates of major falls may be an indication of lower levels of patient supervision.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Kau Hospital, 2.68% of Patients had UTIs

This tells you the percent of patients that sustained a urinary tract infection. UTI's are considered to be a barometer of the quality of nursing care . UTI's are routinely caused by a facility with lower levels of hygiene. However, this datapoint could be skewed for some facilities due to varying reporting standards for these infections.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Kau Hospital, 9.16% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This metric is a measure of the percent of long-term care residents taking antipsychotic medications. While antipsychotic drugs play an important role in caring for many residents, it is important to confirm these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, high levels of antipsychotic drug use may suggest a facility is using these medications to control patient behavior.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

In Kau Hospital, 7.57% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication

This is the percent of patients who were prescribed antianxiety drugs. These drugs are commonly given to patients suffering from anxiety and depression.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Kau Hospital, 1.5% of Patients

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

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Kau Hospital, 97.18% of Patients

This indicates the percentage of patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be standard at this point.