HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
HONOLULU (AP) - A new study of Hawaii's hospitals shows more patients
were hospitalized for mental health issues in 2011 than any other
The state's Community Health Needs Assessment
released Wednesday shows mental health causes accounted for more than
5,000 hospital visits in Hawaii in 2011. That's well above the next
highest cause, heart failure, with nearly 3,000 visits.
The hospitalization rates are one measurement in a
report designed to help the vast majority of Hawaii's hospitals set
priorities over the next few years. The assessment was required for
nonprofit hospitals under President Barack Obama's sweeping health care
President George Greene of the Healthcare
Association of Hawaii says the study sets benchmarks for hospitals to
measure progress against every three years.
All but 2 of Hawaii's 28 hospitals participated.
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