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Kau Hospital

Updated Jun 1, 2019 by Sara Levinsohn

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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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 located in Pahala, Hawaii. After receiving an A overall grade, this nursing home has the prestigious distinction of being one of the 25 best nursing homes in Hawaii. Based on our assessment, this facility should be a great choice for most people. Headlining this place's remarkable report card is its long-term care score, which is addressed in the next section.

Quick Details

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

Long-term Care Quality

Grade: A-plus

One of the many reasons this turned out to be a great nursing home is that it received an A+ long-term care grade. This is simply as good as it gets in this category. Long-term care ratings in this range generally require both around the clock care from nurses and aids, as well as quality routine healthcare services. After assessing the amount of care provided by nurses aids and other staff, we then looked at the nursing home's vaccination records. This nursing home vaccinated 100 percent of its residents against pneumonia, which is significantly higher than the average nursing home. Clearly, this nursing home is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. It had only 0 hospitalizations per 1,000 long-term resident days, which is a remarkably low number.

Facility Inspections

Grade: A

Adding to this facility's impressive resume, we awarded this nursing home a grade of A for our inspections rating. Inspection grades are based on many datapoints located in the a nursing home's recent government inspections. Places that excel in this category have very few deficiencies on those reports. Most importantly, these facilities should not have any severe deficiencies which are associated with endangerment of patients. 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

We also wanted to emphasize the fact that this facility received an impressive grade of A- in our nursing category. Nursing ratings are heavily correlated with nurse staffing levels. This nursing home averages 0 hours of nursing care per resident per day. Finally, we also assessed several nursing quality-based metrics and this place excelled in some of these areas. With less than five percent of its residents sustaining pressure ulcers, it performed as well as any facility the state in this category. This is generally a good indicator of quality nursing care. Pressure ulcers can generally be avoided by providing better nursing care, such as having a protocol of moving patients more often.

Short-term Care Quality

Grade: B-plus

Moving on to the fourth category, this facility also performed admirably in our short-term care category. We gave it a grade of B+ in that area. This finalized a first-rate profile. Short-term care scores are based in part on the facility's quantity of highly-skilled nursing services. This includes a wide spectrum of nursing services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and speech therapists, as well as other variations of therapy. It does not appear that this nursing home provided information about its staffing of registered nurses or physical therapists. Finally, we looked at the number of patients who were able to return to the community from this nursing home. We found that 0 percent of this nursing home's patients returned home.

Rating Over Time

Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.

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

Kau Hospital Quality Metrics

Minimizes Pressure Ulcers

Grade: A+

In Kau Hospital, 5.65% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers

This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a pressure ulcer. Pressure ulcers are skin damage due to staying in the same position for an excessive period of time.

Minimizes Serious Falls

Grade: F

In Kau Hospital, 2.15% of Patients had Serious Falls

This is the percent of patients that sustained a fall which resulted in severe injury.

Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections

Grade: F

In Kau Hospital, 2.54% of Patients had UTIs

This indicates the percentage of patients that suffered from a urinary tract infection. UTI's are routinely caused by lower quality nursing care. Closer supervision can limit the number of UTI's sustained by residents in a nursing home. Note that this datapoint is affected by by the fact that facilities have varying reporting standards for UTI's.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication

Grade: A-plus

In Kau Hospital, 8.93% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication

This indicates the percentage of patients who were given antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic drugs may be vital to many patients, it is important to ensure these medications are being used only where medically required. In limited cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean that a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.

Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication

Grade: A-minus

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

This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are commonly used to treat residents experiencing depression or anxiety.

Managing Depression Among Residents

Grade: C

In Kau Hospital, 1.47% of Patients

This tells you the percentage of patients demonstrating depressive symptoms.

Appropriate Vaccine Usage

Grade: A

In Kau Hospital, 97.19% of Patients

This is the percentage of patients that were given the flu and pneumonia vaccines. Higher vaccination rates should be demanded by residents.